NATIONAL MAP Guitars were made in the USA from 1958-64 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward. This AIRLINE® MAP is a tribute to the NATIONAL Newport Guitar from 1962. Today they are played by people like David Bowie, The Cure, Calexico and White Stripes. Original MAP Res-O-Glas models now sell for $3,000-$5,000.
Posted by Jorge Navarro ...the Cuban Cowboy on 27th May 2014
I own a CBS-era Tele Deluxe. I own a Gibson Les Paul (Studio) and Melody Maker (a nice one...not cheesy Musician's Friend-ey model). I've played an ass-load of high end guitars in the 30 years I've been playing. But when I got my hands on my first Eastwood-Arline (my trusty, sea foam green 2P) back in 2010. it quickly became my main guitar. But wait, isn't this supposed to be a review for the MAP? Well...it is. I just bought one and gigged with it for the first time at a large, outdoor festival here in San Francisco. With teary apologies to my 2P, the MAP is now my main guitar! Like the 2P, the available tonal range is muy impressive, and the meatiness of the tone (in general, particular on 'outer' switch settings...neck/bridge) is superior to that of my 2P...it could have something to do with the body shape and weight (it's heavier than the 2P) and attendant body sound chambers. In any case, this sucker rocks and is super fun to play (acoustically, too!). I play-mix traditional Cuban music (son, rumba, montuno) and indie rock, and for what I do, it works and works extremely well. I'll submit another, more tech-spec driven review soon, but, for now, I am too impressed and happy to not submit this one.