Catfish Keith - Pioneering
National Artist, and the World's #1 National Reso-phonic Dealer!
~ How to Order a
National from Catfish ~
a National or Scheerhorn
All I need is your name,
shipping address, phone
number, email address,
payment, and of course, what
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
in USA &
Canada, comes with hard case, NO SALES
TAX in USA (except Iowa).
options, in US Dollars:
cashier's check, money order, or bank draft on a USA bank or bank draft
on the Royal Bank of Canada. No
fees for any of these.
Send by first class mail to me at my bank:
Keith Kozacik (my
c/o West Bank
401 10th Ave.
2. Paypal is
easy and fastest.
This adds Paypal's processing costs of 3.5% in the USA, 4% outside of
USA. I am happy to send you a Paypal
Payment Request email with % added
in. Easiest, especially for international orders. You can use credit
cards, debit cards, and your bank account with Paypal. PLEASE ASK ME BEFORE YOU PAYPAL,
as there may be ways to save money on this. Email
or call me at 319-338-3614.
3. Bank Wire.
Adds $50 outside of USA, $10 within USA. Please ask for official
instructions, I'll email them to you. This method can take the longest
a week, maybe more). Not as easy. But
from one USA bank to another, it can be almost instantaneous, only
costs $10. This usually uses bank routing number and account number.
Pretty easy and fast.
that are In Stock, Available Now:
These can usually ship right away. All instruments ship
directly from the National Factory in San Luis
Obispo, California, to you. The free
shipping (from me) method in USA and Canada is UPS Ground. All
shipping outside of USA and Canada, or Overnight, 2nd Day or any other
premium shipping services are the actual cost of those services.
Instruments are shipped ready to play, with good action. The normal
setup on a guitar is so both picking and slide can be played on it.
Usual strings on a regular scaled National Guitar are Medium or Light
Pearse Phosphor Bronze or 80/20 Bronze. You can request a custom
action (BEFORE THE
GUITAR IS COMPLETED ONLY), and Scott, the setup guy at
National, will make every effort to
get it the way you want it. Good idea to have a local luthier or repair
person available if you want to tweak the action further.
All Nationals are made with a double trussrod, and are fully
adjustable, using a 1/8" Allen Wrench. Please BE
CAREFUL if you attempt to adjust this yourself. It's easy
to do BUT If you do it wrong, and get a sloppy fit with the Allen
Wrench, you can snap the trussrod. Then, you are doomed; there is no
adjusting the neck, and the repair involves removing the fingerboard
and replacing the trussrod, which is expensive and time consuming. I
advise to CALL ONE OF
THE GUYS AT NATIONAL and have him walk you through the process. Main
thing is a firm snug fit with the wrench before you turn the rod. And,
only go a 1/4 turn at a time. Call: 805-546-8442 ext. 11,
ask for Shanon, she will get Jason or Scott or Mike or someone to walk
you through it. Their hours are Tue-Fri, 9:00am-4:30pm Pacific Time.
For a guitar that is not in stock, or coming in stock soon, I encourage
you to make a build order to get exactly what you want. Timeframes on a build order can take
up to several months. Engraved
guitars take the longest.
National is very good about getting my orders
done as quickly as they can; it depends on their workload and how many
guitars are in the queue. Since I always have many guitars ordered, it
is quite likely you will get your guitar faster through me than through
most any other dealer. I can't promise this, but I CAN promise I sure
do try! I do talk to the staff at National almost daily, and will get
you an answer as quickly as I can on wherever you need or desire in a
National or Scheerhorn.
One of the beautiful things about getting a National
is how customizable and unique your guitar can be. Any options they do,
you can order. That includes finishes, neck and body woods,
metals, cutaways, Baritone and 12 String necks, lefty guitars (no extra
charge for any lefty, but they do not do lefty cutaways),
headstock overlays, custom duecos, engravings, etchings, tuner
upgrades, fingerboard inlays and more. Many of these are at a
reasonable cost. And National will combine option costs sometimes; if
they don't charge more, I pass that savings to you. So, please, just ask me.
Dream up your super dream National, I'll make it happen.
Most of the custom finishes and features
do not make a
guitar take longer to build. Only highly engraved guitars (like the
Don, and Style 1.5,
2, 3, and 4 Tricones) can have a longer timeframe.
There is also a lot of info on National's site: www.nationalguitars.com
National uses UPS
exclusively. In the USA and Canada it is UPS Ground, Signature Required.
Overseas they use UPS
World Expedited. When you order from me, shipping in the USA and Canada is
Every instrument comes with a hard case. Outside of the USA and Canada,
I charge the actual shipping cost. Please enquire. To most European
countries and Australia, nowaways, a guitar will cost from $350 to $400
for shipping cost, please enquire.
When it ships you get a tracking
number which is usually accurate as to what day
your guitar will arrive.
(outside of USA only):
shipped outside of the USA are usually charged an import duty by the
country's government when the instrument arrives. It is the customer's
responsibility to pay this when it arrives. Duty price is based on the
declared value. National declares value of 60% of the list price,
so you are dutied on an amount quite a bit lower than the actual price
you pay on the guitar/uke/mandolin.
If you are coming to the
USA, I can arrange to have your guitar shipped to you for free shipping, and
what you do about duty, or not, is your businiess. This can save you a LOT of money
and I've done it several times, successfully. This includes customized
You can return an instrument if it and the case are
still brand new (no scratches or wear of any kind) within 2 days of
receiving it. You must pay for shipping both ways, fully insured, and
any transaction fees that were charged to the seller. Custom instrument
sales are final.
Any instrument can have pickups
as long as it has not been completed
yet. National usually
add pickups to already completed instruments.
get pickups and strap button ordered along with, and sent with, an
already complete instrument (and I'll help you find someone near you to
do the installation), OR
just order a guitar still in process or make a new order and National
will do a great job installing whatever you need.
adds very little time to your build, and can be added to any
and installed expertly and quickly, likely the same day it ships at the
National Factory. On a guitar one end of your strap goes on the
tailpiece screw, the other end, on the strap button, which National
installs on the heel of the neck. Strap
button install is $10. The picture of me below clearly
shows the strap button end located on the neck's heel of my M1
Baritone. This is where they install them.
(for single cone only) $450, installed. These are great sounding
absolute best if you want the real acoustic sound of a National,
amplified. They are powered with a preamp, and have an external battery
box that holds a 9v battery.
More on Highlanders
Highlanders are best for using though a PA or acoustic amp.
(for any single and tricone and spidercone guitars) $250, installed.
These are passive (no
battery) and have an electric guitar-type of tone. Sounds great through
an electric guitar amp, but not like your National actually sounds.
Charlie Christian Lollar
(for any single cone, tricone, or spidercone guitar) $400, installed,
only on build orders. These are
passive also with an electric guitar
tone, with clearer, cleaner highs, no distortion. They also require a
hole in the top of the guitar. Also good through an electric guitar
These are installed on the BLACK RUST DELUXE models.
(for single cone only) $400, installed. This is a nifty coverplate
replacement designed by Mike Dowling that has a lipstick Lollar pickup,
volume and tone control knobs, and jack plugin all on the coverplate.
Good through an electric guitar amp. And sounds...like an electric
Please do feel free to call me at 319-338-3614
or email me at email@example.com.
will respond as quickly and completely as I can, 24/7/366
(includes leap year).
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