National EG885-2RG semi-hollowbody electric, currently being offered for sale on eBay, does look to be suspiciously Japanese in the style of its construction, and also in the use of sliders for the controls, bolt-on neck, label on rear of headstock, etc.
The National String Instrument Corporation was originally set up in the 1920s to manufacture resonator guitars, and certainly from early days the brand name was applied to instruments made by Kay, Harmony and others. That electric models in the 1960s could have been sourced from Japan, is not too much a stretch of the imagination.
I'm not saying that I'm 100% certain this is a Japanese-made guitar, just that I suspect it to be so. If anyone knows otherwise, please tell all in the comments section below this post.
Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £650.
G L Wilson
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