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Hi Catfish - The baritone Triolian arrived Friday, and after allowing a day of post-transit rest, I tuned it late yesterday, and love it! As you said, very intense lows, which I think especially nice as I get more and more into playing Hill Country blues. Beyond the lows, the overall sound of
the guitar is simply stunning; a special tone that will be wonderful for bringing together my many varied influences and creating a unique sound.
I would be remiss if, beyond the sound, I did not mention how incredible
the guitar looks; not flashy, but rather understated beauty.
I've attached a few pictures to this note. I also want to take a minute and express a real thanks and appreciation
for all your insight and guidance during the selection and design process.
I could not have done it without you, and surely would have made a number
of mistakes if I had tried. For this guidance and insight (and patience I
might add!) I am extremely grateful. If it would ever be helpful, I would
be pleased to be a reference to any potential client in the future. With best regards and many thanks, Doug
San Francisco, CA
06-11-17HOLY Shiiiit. It's phenomenal. I love it already. Thank you so much. I'll send pics later this weekend. So much yes. All best, buddy:)
Kevin Moore O'Leary
C@tfish! El Dueco arrived today! Sounds and looks magnifico!
Such a joyful noise, how sweet the sound!
The sun was out briefly but it’s kind of dark now (it snowed a bit
If I can get the lighting right (gotta do this baby justice) I’ll
take a photo and post a pic and honorable mention to your page,
or else another time this week. Cheers, Lee
04-11-17Woo Hoo!!! Had the guitar now for a week or more and my is it ever so fine!!!
Brought it out on a couple of gigs, and today will do the same
Let me tell you, it really looks sweet with my Tommy Bahama shirts too!!! Thanks again Keith! Hope our paths cross again. It’s been too long. Stay tuned and play nice,
Toby Walker Denville, NJ
Toby Walker also posted this on his Facebook page March 21, 2017, I am reposting it here, with thanks!:
New arrival. 2016 National Polychrome Triolian. Simply put, one of the best instruments I've had the pleasure to play and own. Seems I can't put this baby down for a minute, and you can be sure I'll be bringing her to all of my shows. Much thanks to my friend and colleague Catfish Keith for providing outstanding customer service in making this happen. Aside from being a superb musician and entertainer, Keith is everything you would expect from a dealer of National Reso-Phonic Guitars. Super fast communication, impeccable knowledge, delivery, and follow-up.Buy from Catfish! I have bought two National
Resophonic guitars from Catfish, one is a custom,
and one is a standard, and we are working on possible
third custom guitar. Let me say this, I buy guitars
not only as a player, but also because I feel I can
bring a work of art into being. I have worked with
individual sellers as well as guitar retailers on ebay and other sites; I have worked with vintage and artisan guitar outlets and I have worked with the
mass retailers; but, with Catfish, it was a completely
different experience. Not only can he tick off the specifications of the guitar, he can assist you, in
the case of custom guitars or standard guitars, as to
what you really need given your musical interests.
And, he is an artist, he is an Inductee into the Blues
Hall of Fame as well as W.C. Handy blues music nominee; Catfish is no slouch on guitar!
He is a virtuoso. And you get to know him during the
purchase process. It's just great! He's just a great guy! And his prices reflect that he wants more people playing resophonics! He's intimately involved in your purchase. I have never
experienced that before. So, my purchases for guitars,
I first go to Catfish, that's where I go and you
would do well to go to him as well. Donovan Cunningham
I really will say with all my being that from my experience when you deal with National Resophonic Guitars and in my case, Catfish Keith, who was my registered dealer or whatever you folks call that, you are going to have a top notch experience and walk away with an instrument worth every single cent you spent.
...And get the highlander pickup - even if you end up using a slimline anyway, you will admire and probably use the highlander signal in a blend - it is freaking amazing!
Of course it arrived and is wonderful. We aren't done doing business. Absolutely love doing business with you and will buy again through you. I've bought through many shops over the last 20 years but you exceeded them all. please include the following in your testimonials on your page. For anyone looking to buy a National I can't recommend any shop or person more so than Catfish. His passion for all things guitar, his love of the music and his connection to National make him "the man", He communicates well and often and makes the experience fun and exciting. If
anyone is thinking of a National Guitar they couldn't do better than going through Catfish Keith. It's like going through a trusted friend. Wonderful. John Harrington
San Diego, CA
I just got my National Style O this morning. It came a day early. What a beauty. Thanks for all of your input and help in the process. I really appreciate the personalized service I received. I would not hesitate to send anyone in the market for a National your way. Thanks again. Hope to see you soon.
Best regards, Mark
PS. If you ever have anyone that would like to talk to a previous customer to help them feel more secure in the process, I’d be happy to talk to them.
My El Trovador arrived this afternoon on schedule and it’s just lovely! Thanks so much; I’ll recommend you to anybody who asks where to buy a National!
By the way, do you string your Nationals with mediums and do you keep them at concert pitch or are you almost always in a lowered alternative pitch for slide?
The Triolian is fantastic! It sounds great; fast attack with good sustain. I know it will continue to sound even better when the cone opens up, and it actually gets use to being a guitar. I want to thank you again!
P.S. I would like to add a testimonial to your site if it’s ok. How do I do that?
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
The guitar arrived today, and it's outstandingly perfect!!! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Again, it is flawlessly beautiful, and l love the spider cone tone!!!
The eagle has landed and I have spent a couple of weeks finding my way around the best tones – the sustain is ridiculous and it really projects while still putting out warm highs and lows.
Love the guitar and can’t thank you enough for making the purchase easy and stress free – would recommend you to anyone looking to buy a new National
Am talking to Ian – any recommendations on a slide for this El Trove? – am eyeing a 6mm Amber Ultimate – maybe 2.5 in, and I think I saw you playing something like that in a NAMM video. He said it might be too heavy, which my acoustiglide brass slide really is for this guitar, but I am such a tone whore I will deal with it for optimal tone. What do you think is best for wood? Don’t care much about cosmetics.
Thanks Again – Very Happy Customer
Keep up the good work!Jeff
Why I bought a National:
I have a very nice other resonator, cost under a thousand, but I invested another $400 getting it up to snuff (new tuners, National cones (is a tricone), a better setup. I was enjoying it so much, that I wanted a second resonator, this time a steel single cone… In all my research folks came back to ‘save your money and go with the best, from National Resophonics’, so I did.
Why I bought from Catfish:
I had talked with a few well known shops on the west coast that I’d done business with in the past, but you know, while they were interested in selling me a guitar, they weren’t really interested in talking to me – I mean I had questions because I really am NO expert on resonator guitars! I had read Catfish’s web pages, and out of the blue just gave him a call on a Saturday afternoon.
We talked for a good long while, he answered all my questions, and over my decision process we emailed a BUNCH and talked two or three more times. Understand something… Catfish knows resonators, and he’s got a “first name” relationship with the folks from National.
Bottom line, Catfish helped me build my ‘dream’ National. He advised me on all options. He watched over the process, and kept me informed each step of the way. His prices were fair and the best I’ve seen.
National Gold Dueco, 12 fret, with some cosmetic upgrades. I’ve only had her for two days, but the action is PERFECT for slide/finger picking. Intonation is perfect. She’s LOUD. She is beautiful. Wow, friends, WOW! She was worth waiting for.
You want a National? You want to talk to an expert? You want some special personal service? You want a great price? Go with the Catfish.
It arrived safe and sound on Friday. Awesome guitar that sounds as purty as it looks :-)
I couldn't happier. I'll work on a picture.
It's taken a bit to understand how the guitar wants to be played because the
one I had been playing (and gave away this weekend) was a beast and was
actually causing chronic left shoulder pain. I'm a slide player and now I
don't need all of the pressure to get what I wanted out of the guitar.
I really like the matching paint on the tailpiece. Oh, and the paint is
still fresh enough that I can still smell it. Why did I wait so
More later, Dan
It's here now and we're getting acquainted.
I think that this is the first guitar in the 30 I've owned that shipped with a gauge of string I'm comfortable with too!
It's a great guitar. I haven't scratched the surface yet, but its already showing its personality.
I'm glad I went for German Silver too.
Thanks for your help. Stay in touch.
I'm off to play with toys now.... ;)
You already know I'm sure, but this guitar is great. It's fantastic.
The guitar looks great! I notice when I finger pick hard, it really barks with nice sustain. I tried playing with a huge flat pick with hammer on
and pull offs, and sound just jumps out at you. My finger tips need to toughen up and the sound will be even better. It sounds better this
morning than it did last night. I play a lot of different styles, so it's going to be interesting figuring out which songs will sound best playing
the resonator. Definitely, a new instrument to the arsenal. I know you play acoustic guitar. When you write a song, do you know from the
start whether you will play it on a steel resonator or wood acoustic? For example, some of my railroad songs, I think will sound better using
the Triolian. (steel guitar - steel rails) Kind of an old fashion hard sound with a bite. Anyway, as always, any thoughts you have are always
appreciated. Thanks for all your help. The nickel rubbed finish really looks classic!...
The guitar arrived on Thursday.
What can I say: like the first time I tasted coffee: was bitter, but I knew I would love it for the rest of my life and that passion would only increase and be all encompassing, like the tunes my dad use to play when I was a kid and I knew they would live with me forever, like my first girlfriend and the feeling I got when she said she liked the colour of my bike.
The sound is warm and I love the range…amazing.
I will write later; your estimations all very accurate….thanks mate,
Just a quick note mate to let you know that the Eagle finally landed !!
It got here yesterday.
I can say I am really glad that I have made your acquaintance and had I
not found your webpage, who knows where I would have ended up.
So mate, for you...........thanks heaps. It is a bloody nice
guitar.........a really sweet sound and just wholesome for me. Bang on
and if I do step up later for a Baritone I hope you would be the same
helping hand again.
you have a good one Catfish and again
many thanks mate !
( Heading to Papua New Guinea on Monday )
The most impressive unpacking in my life…
Perfect is the word :
Perfect pack with the big National logo,
Perfect case very well protected by foam and with the same National logo,
Perfect piece of steel and wood inside (National logo again)…
I write you while the guitar is warming up before to be tuned. Even untuned, it seems to have THE sound.
So far, exactly what I dreamed of.
You did great… and so,
you are now my perfect
Thanks for this adventure, I hope it was a good bargain also for you and that you are ready for the next one… let’s wait after Xmas to speak about.
Must be warm enough… I go to play but I don’t know what, blues is sad and I am happy.
Merci encore Catfish.
PS – Cap and Tshirt = “la cerise sur le gateau”
I just received "Mable", over an hour ago and I blown away with the wonderful sound of this instrument, it moans, whines, sustains feels great in my hands. So far I have been running through open G and D I think I'll hang with these for a while as I feel a lot of fun here. This is gonna sound weird but I have been playing since 13 and have a fairly nice palette of mostly acoustic and electric paint brushes, but I have never ever felt this way with an instrument before. I know that sounds weird but it's like I just found home... Ok, I gotta get back to learning more about Mable, but I really want to truly thank you for all you have done in putting this together for me and your inputs from my questions. I am really pleased with this. (got a silly grin). Catfish I am sure I will have questions in the future and hope you won't mind from time to time if I prod you for technique and suggestions.
Talk with you Later,
Thanks so much,
And all the Best
Hi Catfish – guitar now safely taken into custody. What a stunner – beautiful tone and lovely finish and attention to detail. I was a bit disappointed with the pickup sensitivity at first, until I opened the battery case and found a) the battery wasn’t connected and b) the battery had shorted itself out on the clips! However with a new battery inserted it works just fine.
The action is very easy – slightly lower than I’m used to but this is compensated for by the heavy strings. The fret ends are really smooth – better than I’m used to – and this makes slide playing much more comfortable.
Altogether one very satisfied customer.
away again for a couple of weeks, so I’ll let you know how I get on
you in October.
Very best wishes and thanksChris
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