The very first wood body Triolians had a tricone resonator system. Personally, I feel the smoother, more complex tone is the best National sound and look! Gibson Archtop Electric Spanish Guitars Gibson's Electric Spanish is recognized as being the first production conventional guitar with an electric pickup. Stewart, Orville Gibson, the Gibson Company, and the Larson brothers. Instruments I have recently completed include two single cone Nationals, a Duolian and a Triolian, both are in excellent condition, the Duolian is as mint as I have seen in a very long time! In 1935 National and Dobro merged to form the National-Dobro Company. By 1938 they were making , using pickups manufactured for them by Rickenbacker. On roundneck Tricone models, the serial number is stamped into the body by the endpin until serial number 2400. National started doing this technique in 1934 when they introduced 14 fret necks.
Like Fender, sales of Gibson steels trailed off in the late 1960s and few were sold thereafter. And the maple neck doesn't sound as good as the mahogany neck Duolian. The pre-1933 single cone models seem very crude to me. Because of this, single cone Nationals sound much like a banjo. If you're in the market for a 12-string, and are a fan of Martin guitars, this one surely won't disappoint.
For a 12-string it plays very easily. Supro Collegian vintage Resonator, 1939-1941. They were named for , Vice President and General Manager of Fender from 1954 to 1966. I recently completed set up on a and a Please click on any image to see a larger version of that picture. National Resophonic is back in business as of 1989 producing wood and metalbody resonator guitars.
I know of no one on this planet that can recreate that finish today. Serial number 1017 1946 Fender Princeton Lap Steel Guitar The Princeton had a longer body, joining the neck at the 12th fret. Just ask me, I will make it happen for you. Prefix Year Range ------ ---------- 1 1964 to early 1968 2 early to mid 1968 1927-1941 Vintage National Resonator Model Info 1928 National Tricone style 4 roundneck Tricone Roundneck and Squareneck Metalbody vintage guitars, 1927-1942. A roundneck tricone in my opinion is the ultimate resonator guitar. Eric's Comments: There is a publication on Gibson Production Numbers 1948-1979 which I have found to be help since you can judge the relative rarity of certain models. But note Country-style players all seem to prefer wood body models, not Nationals.
Number range Year ------------- ---- E7200 E7899 1934 No prefix Duolians 1935-1936. Less than 10 of these examples were produced. The fancier nickel plated brass, single cone metalbody instruments such as the don't have as bluesy a tone as the less ornate Duolian. Rickenbacher A-22 Fry Pan Lap Steel Guitar Volume control only. The Harmony company went out of business in 1974, partly due to competition from Japanese manufacturers. Number range Year ------------ ---- 899 3769 1935 3770 6750 1936 R series, Sears-Roebuck Duolians 1931 only.
. This has especially been the case for vintage Tricones. Also, when National switched to 14 fret necks they changed to a 10 inch fingerboard radius. What this means is, how many frets are accessible for playing before you run out of neck and hit the body. Number range Year ------------ ---- C100 C1475 1937 C1476 C4650 1938 C4651 C5750 1939 L-series 1938-1939.
To understand the how and why of this, a short history lesson in required. The vibration from the strings goes through the saddle, which in turn vibrates the T-bridge, and then the three cones. They are also perfect for blues and especially slide guitar. Serial number 4C6121 Gibson Lap Steel Guitars and Amplifiers Like Rickenbacher, Gibson also made their first lap steel guitars with an aluminum body. This first Electraharp w as owned by Gibson endorser George Hines after being shipped to the N.
I do a lot of finger style playing and the D12-28 has the perfect spacing between the string pairs to allow very accurate picking. Style 97: Brass body with nickel plating, back sand blasted etching of surfer, airbrushed enamel coloring over sand blasting, maple neck on squareneck, mahogany neck on roundneck, ebonoid peghead veneer, slotted peghead with point at top, sheild logo with 3 vertical line. Valco called the material Res-O-Glas, which was a combination of polyester resin and glass threads. The serial numbers I've seen seem to follow no recognizable pattern. The rosewood back and sides are equally beautiful.
Prior to 1933, National straight-cut the F-holes in the single cone metal bodies. I try to keep this page updated! This finish style formula was patented in the 1930's, and has apparently been lost. But unlike flattop acoustic guitars where the vibration of the wooden body creates the sound, in a National resonator instrument the body acts as a speaker cabinet. There were 6 different variations in the sand blasted Hawaiian scene, and 8 total Style O variations if you include body changes. All guitar manufacturers during the early to mid-1930's made this switch in design. This is very uncomfortable to me though if you play bottleneck this makes little difference.
Admittedly, these are small details. This is probably due to the fact that the vintage tricones were much more expensive than vintage single cone models, making the reissues even more appealing. National resonator instruments made from 1928 to 1940 were louder than conventional acoustic guitars of the era. Many guitars can be immediately available, please enquire. Number range Year ------------- ---- 0100 0209 1929 yellow 1P 2266P 1930-1934, 12 fret Polychrome Triolians.