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Updated! Customer Testimonials


Lily and M1Koa Uke and ClockScores of Instruments are ON ORDER, and 15 are AVAILABLE NOW, many more coming soon! Please just ask. This page updated August 22nd, 2016. See all of them below.

Check out my National Guitars Price List page for my prices on every model now available from National Reso-Phonic and Scheerhorn. Please do email or call at 319-338-3614. I will help you find the National or Scheerhorn that's perfect for you, at a good and fair price.

I do offer some of the best service and best prices you will find, and I have 40 years of experience as a professional, hands-on, National playing musician. I love these guitars and am excited to help you get a new National! Here are some Customer Testimonials.

My prices include a National hard case, no sales tax (except in Iowa), and FREE SHIPPING in the USA & CANADA. I charge the actual shipping cost outside of USA & Canada, please enquire.

Got a customized dream guitar in mind? I'm happy to help you. Email or call me anytime. There are loads of possibilities. Want, say, a Galaxy Blue NRP or Triolian, or a Dueco Tricone? Or maybe an engraved guitar in German Silver? Baritone or 12 string version? A different headstock, neck, action or fingerboard inlays? Pickup installed? Just ask me, I will make it happen for you.


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PLEASE NOTE: In November, 2015, National raised their prices to their 2016 pricing. I will keep all of the instruments I ordered before then in at the same, lower prices, and they will remain that way, until they are sold. There are still a few...Thank you.

ALSO NOTE: The inventory changes, sometimes daily. There are many instruments in stock, many immediately available, also many are on order. I try to keep this page updated! Please always feel free to contact me via email, phone (319-338-3614 in USA) or message to confirm the status of any instrument. I respond. Day, night, and on weekends, just as quickly as I can. Happy to help you.

PS: This has become a very long page over the years, keep scrolling down to find, first Scheerhorns, then National Single Cones, Tricones, Tenor, Ukes and Mandolins. I built this page myself, in 1998; I may "get modern" someday but for now, just keep scrolling. Alright!


National ShieldNational ShieldINSTRUMENTS YOU CAN GET NOW:
FREE SHIPPING in USA/Canada, hard case, no sales tax in USA (except Iowa).

             AVAILABLE NOW and ON ORDER  (if it says coming soonplease ask me, it may be ready, right now!):   
       
 
Style O Uke at NAMM 2014GUITARS:     
~ NRP Tricone Steel LEFTY w/Style 1 Lefty Neck (small dent on back) $2800 - On Order, coming soon.
~ "DON" Style 1 German Silver 14 Fret Single Cone Limited Edition $5930 - Available Now!
~ NRP 12 Fret with Green-Gray Burst $2445 - On Order, coming soon.
~ NRP Black Tricone with Deluxe Style 1.5 Neck $3040 - On Order, coming soon.
~ M1 SQUARENECK Tricone $2955 - On Order, coming soon.
~ Style 1 Tricone $3380 - Available Now!
~ Style 1 Cutaway Tricone $3975 - On Order, coming soon.
~ Style 1 Tricone REPLICON $4060 - On Order, coming soon.

~ Style 1 German Silver Tricone $3970 - On Order, coming soon.
~ Style 1 German Silver Cutaway Tricone w/ Rubbed Finish $4230 - On Order, coming soon.
~ El Trovador  $3125 - On Order, coming soon.
~ El Trovador w/ Hotplate  $3525 - On Order, coming soon.
~ Style O 12 Fret with LIGHTNING BOLT Etching $2955 - Available Now!
~ Style O 12 Fret  $2870 - Available Now!
~ CUSTOM CORSO Blue 4" Deep Body 14 Fret Maple $7500 - On Order, coming soon.
~ Dueco 14 Fret  $3550 - Available Now!

~ Reso Rocket WB  $2700 - Available Now!
~ NRP Steel Tricone  $2870 - On Order, coming soon.
~ NRP Steel Cutaway Tricone $3380 - Available Now!
~ NRP Black Rust 14 Fret $2445 - On Order, coming soon.
~ NRP Steel 12 Fret  $2530 - Available Now!
~ NRP Steel 14 Fret  $2530 - On Order, due Aug.
~ Triolian Polychrome 12 Fret   $2785 - Available Now!
~ Scheerhorn Mahogany $2880 - Available Now!
~ Scheerhorn Rob Ickes Model  $3880 - Available Now!
~ Vine-of-Life Custom German Silver Single Cone  $8900 - On Order, coming soon.
UKULELES:
~ Koa Uke w/ Rope Binding $2445 - Available Now!
~ Style O Uke  $2275 - On Order, coming soon.
~ NRP Steel Uke  $1850 - Available Now!
~ Mahogany Uke $1850 - On Order, coming soon.
TENOR:
~ TENOR Style N Guitar $3380 - Available Now!
MANDOLIN:
~ RM1 Walnut Mandolin with Antique Brass parts.  $2445 - Available Now!
~ RM1-M Mahogany Mandolin with Steel parts  $2445 - On Order, coming soon.


AUGUST, SEPTEMBER & FURTHER (due dates are approximate and can change):  
~ Style 1 Tricone with EXPLODING PALM Etching $3680 - On Order, due Aug.
~ M1 Tricone Cutaway $3040 - On order, due Nov.
~ NRP BLACK RUST DELUXE 12 Fret $2785 - On Order, due Aug.
~ NRP BLACK RUST DELUXE 14 Fret $2785 - On Order, due Aug.
~ NRP Black Rust 12 Fret $2445  - On order, due Sept.
~ Reso Rocket WB  $2700 - On Order, due Nov.
~ Reso Rocket N $3550 - On Order, due Aug.
~ Reso Rocket Steel $3125 - On Order, due Aug.
~ Reso Lectric Sunburst $2700 - On Order, due Oct.
~ Reso Lectric Revolver $2700  - On Order, due Aug.
~ Dueco 12 Fret  $3550 - On order, due Aug.
~ El Trovador  $3125 - On Order, due Nov.
~ El Trovador 12-String $3550 - On Order, due Aug.

~ Style O Deluxe 12 Fret  $3295 - On Order, due Sept.
~ Style O 14 Fret $3040 - On Order, due Sept.
~ M1 Tricone  $2955 - On Order, due Nov.
~ M1 Tricone  $2955 - On Order, due Nov.
~ M1 Tricone  $2955 - On Order, due Nov.
~ M1 Tricone Cutaway  $3040 - On Order, due Nov.
~ M1 Tricone Cutaway  $3040 - On Order, due Nov.
~ Style 1 German Silver Cutaway Tricone  $4230 - On Order, due Nov.
~ Style 1.5 Tricone  $3805  - On Order, please enquire.
~ Style 1.5 Tricone Cutaway  $4230  - On Order, enquire.
~ Style 1.5 German Silver Tricone  $4230 - On Order, enquire.
~ Style 1.5 German Silver Tricone Cutaway  $4655 - On Order, enquire.

~ Triolian Polychrome 14 Fret $2870 - On Order, due Aug.
~ Triolian 12 Fret $2445 - On Order, due Aug.
~ Triolian 14 Fret $2445 - On Order, due Aug.
~ Triolian Tricone  $2785 - On Order, due Sept.
~ Scheerhorn Flame Maple $3180 - On Order, due Dec.



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Get your new SCHEERHORN L-Body Guitars here.
National Reso-Phonic is the manufacturer for the new line of production model Scheerhorn Guitars. They are offering five models, and you can order them from me here. They are the Scheerhorn L-Body Series, all squareneck, spider cone guitars. Specs and more info: www.scheerhornguitars.com

Scheerhorn L-Body MahoganyScheerhorn L-Body Rob Ickes Signature Model~ Honduras Mahogany $2880 Available Now! Great warm, deep sound, all Mahogany body. Love the sound, look and feel. (Pictured LEFT.)

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~ Flamed Maple
 $3180 On Order, due Dec.

Beautiful Flamed Maple body and a deep Dreadnought body shape, two round soundholes, an open soundwell with 10.5" Scheerhorn spider cone, and internal baffles that increase the tone and penetration of sound. I played one, and the sound is HUGE. Jawdropping wood and high gloss finish. 
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~ Rob Ickes Signature Model $3880 Available Now!
This is a big and rich sounding Scheerhorn, with beautiful Indian Rosewood back and sides and Adirondack Spruce top. Tim Scheerhorn, Dobro genius Rob Ickes and National Reso-Phonic collaborated to make this wonderful guitar; deep dreadnought body shape, the secret Scheerhorn baffle system, and unique Rob Ickes pickguard. Wow! (RIGHT with Natural, Blonde top.)
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National ShieldNational ShieldNATIONAL RESO-PHONIC GUITARS:


Radio Tone, Reso Rocket WB, M1 Tricone Cutaway
Wood Body Cutaways, Left to Right: Radio Tone Bendaway, M1 Tricone Cutaway, Reso Rocket WB

New!
Return of the Radio Tone Bendaway

The Radio Tone Bendaway, pictured to the left, (My price: $2615) is back
, and available from National. A very cool modern twist, introduced over 15 years ago: a Maple, Cutaway bodied guitar with vintage radio-style slots, Peghead Paddle headstock with Radio Tone logo, sunburst finish, mirror nickel sieve cover- plate, Rosewood fingerboard. A great looking and sounding, lighter weight (compared to a metal bodied National), fun to play, versatile guitar. I've owned one myself since 1998 and loved it. I've recorded it, taken it on the road, and used it in a variety of settings. Ace guitar! ORDER HERE.

Black Rust Deluxe 14 Fret
 New! M1 Mahogany Cutaway Tricone
The stunning, very popular M1 Tricone is now available with a cutaway! (My price: $3040) These are very special instruments, all Mahogany, including the well and neck, matching steel coverplate, and now, the cutaway. M1 Tricones have a huge deep bass, the highs have sparkle, sustain and warmth. And now, plenty of access to the nether regions of the neck. (Pictured ABOVE, center.)
ON ORDER. due Nov.

New!
Reso Rocket Wood Body
The Reso Rocket WB (My price: $2700) made famous by the great bluesman Steve James, this guitar is now a production model from National! Replete with tricone style grilles, cutaway and unique slotted Reso Rocket coverplate (this one is with a sieve coverplate, you can get it either way). This is a beautiful guitar. All mahogany body and neck, slotted headstock with engraved, pearloid overlay, ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Wowwww. I can see why Mr. James favors these guitars! (Pictured ABOVE, right.)
IN STOCK NOW!

NEW MODEL!
The BLACK RUST DELUXE


The BLACK RUST DELUXE (My price is $2785) is a new model based on National's most popular steel bodied single cone guitar, the NRP, or Duolian Reproduction. This features a unique take on the Black Rust finish with sort of coppery, antiqued highlights. Each one is unique. It comes with a built-in Charlie Christian Lollar pickup, a ribbed coverplate, and the standard Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard and slotted headstock. The Charlie Christian Lollar has been said to have a clearer, cleaner signal than other magnetic pickups, such as a P90 or Slimline. Comes in 12 Fret and 14 Fret versions (14 Fret version Pictured LEFT).
12 FRET & 14 FRET ON ORDER, due Aug.-Sept.









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~ Instruments UPDATED Aug. 22, 2016.
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Note: Instruments listed below as "coming soon" may be complete and ready now, just ask!




Call 319-338-3614 or email me at: catfishkeith@catfishkeith.com

 National Guitars Price List
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SINGLE CONE NATIONALS:


Style O BacksEl Trovador~ El Trovador $3125 
On Order, coming soon!
The fantastic El Trovador. Mahogany back, sides, top and neck, with the unique deeper and curvier body shape. Great warmth, sparkle and depth of tone. National took apart Mike Dowling's 30's El T, and made a stunning reproduction. It has become National's most popular selling model for several years. (Pictured ABOVE and BELOW. Add Hotplate, SHOWN BELOW, installed.)
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(Pictured LEFT are two shiny classics: a STYLE O 14 FRET and a STYLE O 12 FRET - both in stock now.)

El Trovador with Hotplate
~ El Trovador w/ Hotplate Installed $3525 On order, coming soon! The fantastic El Trovador. Mahogany back, sides, top and neck, with the unique deeper and curvier body shape. Great warmth, sparkle and depth of tone. National took apart Mike Dowling's 30's El T, and made a stunning reproduction. It has become National's most popular selling model for several years. This one has the cool Hotplate pickup system installed within the rubbed nickel finished coverplate and is ready to go! (Pictured LEFT.)


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El Trovador 12 String
~ El Trovador 12 String $3550
On Order, due Aug. The fantastic El Trovador 12 String is an amazing guitar. Giant sound, the El T makes a deep bold and rich-voiced 12 String. Warmth and brightness of the Mahogany back, sides, top and neck, with the unique deeper and curvier body shape. I think this model is one of the very best Nationals for 12 String. It is versatile, it can hold a variety of string gauges and pitches; on mine I have a heavier custom set .066-.014 and tune it to Bb Standard. Sounds Huge. I've seen others put light gauge on them and tune it to standard pitch, it works well too. Wonderful guitar (Pictured LEFT).

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Style O
~ Style O 12 Fret Single Cone $2870 AVAILABLE NOW! This is the classic brass bodied, palm tree etched Style O complete with mirror nickel finish, the authentic 30's sandblasted, etched tropical scenes on the front and back. Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays and ivoroid binding, slotted headstock. (Pictured LEFT).

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~ Style O DELUXE 12 Fret Single Cone $3295 On Order, due Aug.
  Classic brass bodied, Style O Deluxe with engraved wiggle borders, mirror nickel finish, sandblasted, etched tropical scenes on the front and back. Ebony fingerboard with diamond-shaped inlays and Ivoroid binding, slotted headstock with Ivoroid overlay. (Not pictured)
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Back of Style O 14 FretStyle O 14 Fret
~ Style O 14 Fret Single Cone $3040 On Order, due Sept. This is the guitar Mark Knopfler made famous on the iconic cover of Dire Straits "Brothers in Arms" album. Like the 12 Fret Style O, it has a mirror nickel finish, and it's own sandblasted, etched tropical scenes of two palm trees on the front and back. Chicken feet coverplate. Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays and ivoroid binding, with National banner inlaid in the solid peghead headstock. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT).


Lightning Bolt Etching
~ Style O 12 Fret with LIGHTNING BOLT Etching $2955 NOW AVAILABLE! The very rare original deco lightning bolt design from the 1930's is featured on the top, back, and sides of this mirror nickel plated brass bodied Style O.  Slotted headstock, with standard Style O Maple burst neck, with Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays (NOT the diamond-shaped inlays on Mahogany neck as shown). Super cool and custom National with the classic, great bright sweet splang that the Style O is known for. (Pictured LEFT).

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Style 1 DON
Don Headstock
~ DON Style 1 German Silver 14 Fret Single Cone LIMITED EDITION $5930 AVAILABLE NOW!
A Deluxe and rare National, the DON is one of a run limited to 100 instruments, a beautiful German Silver 14 fret guitar with specially engraved borders on the top, back, and sides, and "Don" engraved in cursive script in the handstrap. Rolled f-holes, ribbed sieve coverplate, formed back, and super-shiny mirror nickel finish, featuring a Don-style neck with Pearloid overlay on the slotted headstock with the National Shield engraved in it. Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard, on a gorgeous Mahogany neck with a soft V profile. Fantastic and rare guitar has a real sparkly sweetness and a powerful projection that great Nationals are known for! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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Blue Art Guitar back painting by Frank Corso
~ Deep Body Blue Burst Maple 14 Fret Single Cone Guitar with Original Art by FRANK CORSO $7500 On Order, coming soon! This guitar was one of the runaway hits of  the 2016 NAMM Show. A 14 Fret single cone guitar of Maple, with a unique blue burst finish, Antique Brass UFO coverplate and a 4" deep body, wood well, and to top it all off, an original idyllic scene on the back by formidable country blues guitarist and quite famous landscape artist FRANK CORSO. Sort of an homage to the tropical scenes of National Style O guitars, but with a three dimentional, colorful twist. Not only is it a super, one-of-a-kind work of art guitar, but it is also the very first of what is essentially a Maple, 14 fret El Trovador. It is a fantastic sounding guitar! I played it, and the guys at National recorded some videos with me playing it while at NAMM. The tone is sparkling, full of punch and depth. I love it! (Pictured LEFT.) I am playing it below, at the 2016 NAMM Show.

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Dueco 12 Fret Vintage FinishDueco 14 Fret
~ Dueco 12 Fret Single Cone $3550 On Order, due Aug.
Stunning "frosted duco" or "crackle" reproduction finish done by Rik Besser at B-Fanatic Guitarworks on an NRP 12 Fret guitar. The latest version, called "Vintage," introduced at NAMM in January 2013, is the closest yet to the original duco finishes of the 30's. The guitar is THE steel bodied single cone beauty; it's got the sound, playability, feel, and super duco look...jaw dropping in every way. (Pictured to the LEFT.)

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14 Fret Dueco
~ Dueco 14 Fret Single Cone $3550
AVAILABLE NOW! The same as described above, but the 14 fret-to-the-neck version. A sublime, great looking and sounding guitar. (Picture LEFT, thanks to Rik Besser at B-Fanatic Guitarworks. Pictured also, ABOVE.) Below, I am playing this very guitar at NAMM. Rik Besser even photobombs the video while I'm playing!

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Triolian 12 Fret
TriolianTriolian 14 Fret~ Triolian 12 Fret Single Cone $2445 On Order, due Aug.
Fantastic steel bodied Triolian features a handpainted "Walnut" gold-to-brown burst, formed back, flat f-holes, Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and ivoroid binding, slotted headstock. Thinner gauge steel is now standard to all steel Nationals, and it was introduced first on the Triolian in 2009. My favorite steel bodied single cone, these are great! (Pictured LEFT).



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~ Triolian 14 Fret Single Cone $2445 On Order, due Aug!
The 14 Fret version of the Triolian is just as great. These are made with a steel 3 piece body, and similar Maple neck, Ivoroid bound Rosewood neck, and more access to the higher frets. It has the shorter body shape of all 14 Fret models, the sound is surprisingly deep and clear. Love 'em. (Pictured Above RIGHT.)
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Triolian PolychromeTriolian Polychrome

~ Triolian Polychrome 12 Fret Single Cone $2785 NOW AVAILABLE!
The wonderful reproduction of the 1930's classic Triolian Polychrome, replete with steel body, formed back, flat f-holes, gold finish with orange-red highlights, stencilled black palm tree scene with orange sunset on the back, ebony, ivoroid-bound fingerboard...this guitar is a to-die-for beauty all the way, and sounds so great! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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Bill Helfrich with his Triolian Polychrome 14 FretBill Helfrich with his Triolian Polychrome 14 Fret~ Triolian Polychrome 14 Fret Single Cone $2870 On order, due Aug. Steel body, formed back, rolled f-holes, the cool gold finish with orange-red highlights, stencilled black palm tree scene with orange sunset on the back, Ebony fingerboard (Maple fingerboard is shown here), ivoroid-bound. Bold and powerful sound (Pictured with Bill Helferich, LEFT and RIGHT. Thanks Bill!)


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NRP 12 Fret
NRP Headstock
~ NRP 12 Fret Single Cone with Green-Grey Burst  $2445  On Order, coming soon!
 
This is the beautiful original style NRP with steel body, flat f-holes, sieve coverplate, formed back and classic green-greyish painted burst finish. Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard with simple dot inlays. Slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it. 3-on-a-plate tuners. This was the first Duolian Reproduction, and it may well surpass most vintage ones in quality and sound and playability. After 2009, National replaced the heavier steel Delphi and Polychrome Tricone models with the NRP and Triolian Series...all featuring lighter gauge steel, true-to-vintage features and knockout finishes. The sound really captures the spooky splang and chong and reverberation of the best vintage 30's Nationals, except in a brand new guitar with a big life ahead of it, complete with trussrod, good intonation, and mojo to spare, with National's super quality craftsmanship.. I love the NRP series!

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NRP Steel













~ NRP Steel 12 Fret Single Cone $2530  AVAILABLE NOW!
The steel bodied NRP with the rubbed nickel "Steel" finish. Wonderful finish has a diffused sheen, will not fog or rust, it is maintenace free. Powerful toned single cone with unribbed sieve coverplate, rolled f-holes, Mahogany neck, unbound Ebony fingerboard, and slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped into the headstock. Classic beauty. (Pictured LEFT.)
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NRP Steel 14 Fret

~ NRP Steel 14 Fret Single Cone $2530  On Order, due Sept!
14 frets-to-the-neck version of the steel bodied NRP with the rubbed nickel "Steel" finish. Gorgeous finish has a diffused sheen, will not fog or rust, it is maintenace free. Powerful toned single cone with ribbed sieve coverplate, Mahogany neck, unbound Ebony fingerboard, and slotted headstock with "NATIONAL" stamped into the headstock.. Magic guitar! (Pictured LEFT.)

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Reso Rocket Steel10Reso Rocket N
~ Reso Rocket N $3550 On Order, due Aug.
Reso Rockets are absolutely the loudest and most versatile Nationals ever made. The RR N has brass body, mirror nickel finish, tricone-style soundports and cutaway to the 17th fret on a single cone guitar, with unique Reso Rocket-style matching coverplate. Deluxe neck: ivoroid-bound Rosewood fingerboard with diamond-shaped inlays, hard rock Maple neck. Pearloid overlay on a peghead-style headstock. These are a real favorite. (Pictured LEFT.)
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~ Reso Rocket Steel
$3125
On Order, due Sept! Loud, deep, versatile, the Reso Rocket Steel has a steel body, "Steel" rubbed nickel finish, otherwise, all of the same features of a Reso Rocket N. More punch and cutting  power than any other Reso Rocket, and, most any other National, as well. (Pictured above RIGHT.)
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RR WB Headstock~ Reso Rocket WB $2870 On Order, coming soon!
Introduced in January 2013 at the NAMM Show, the Reso Rocket WB has a Mahogany body, Mahogany finish, tricone-style soundports and cutaway to the 17th fret on a single cone guitar, with sieve-style nickel plated coverplate. Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, Mahogany neck. Ivoroid overlay on a slotted headstock. Steve James instigated the prototype, now it is a great production model. (Pictured LEFT.)

~ Reso Rocket WB with a "#2" Lighter Finish $2725 On Order, coming soon!
This is a brand new Reso Rocket WB, but with a lighter finish than usual, please ask me for pictures! The price reflects a 5% discount. Beautiful guitar.



RR WB Headstock




















NRP Black Rust 12 FretNRP Black Rust 12 Fret~ NRP B-Series Black Rust 12 Fret Single Cone $2445 On Order, due Aug. Beautiful and unique finish on a great sounding guitar. Each instrument is finished with a multi-staged hand-textured finish for an individual look and semi-smooth surface profile. No two are alike. The thin-gauge steel body has flat cut "f" holes, a formed back, and period-correct, traditional non-ribbed coverplate. Each mahogany neck clears 12 frets to the body and features an unbound ebony fretboard complete with mother-of-pearl position markers. Vintage-style plain tuners, ebony nut, and "National" stamped headstock complete the look this classic. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT)

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NRP Black Rust 14 FretNRP Black Rust 14 Fret
 ~ NRP B-Series Black Rust 14 Fret Single Cone $2445 On Order, coming soon! Great NRP steel bodied single cone 14 fret classic, with ribbed sieve-style coverplate, Mahogany neck with slotted headstock and unbound Ebony fingerboard with a soft V profile. Sparkle, reverb, splang and chong built right in! Love it. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT)

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NRP Black 14 fretNRP Black 14 Fret

~ NRP Black 14 Fret Single Cone $2360 On Order, due Aug. The super NRP steel bodied single cone 14 fret in sleek looking black painted finish, with ribbed sieve-style coverplate, Mahogany neck with slotted headstock and unbound Ebony fingerboard with a soft V profile. Sounds fantastic, plays like a dream! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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Reso Lectric RevolverReso Lectric Revolver
~ Reso Lectric Revolver $2700 On Order, due Oct. A very versatile guitar, using an audiophile-quality Highlander preamp to mix both the magnetic and piezoelectric pickups. A Jason Lollar P-90 pickup sits in the neck position, and a Highlander piezo transducer is fitted under the saddle. The output of each pickup is controlled by independent volume knobs, with a master volume knob to control the instrument's overall output level. A 3-way toggle switch selects which pickups are active. The solid African mahogany body is capped with a Afrian mahogany top bound in pearloid. The Honduras mahogany neck clears 14 frets to the body, highlighted with a diamond inlaid, ebony fretboard. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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National Reso Lectric Sunburst
~ Reso Lectric Sunburst $2700 On Order, due Oct. The gorgeous sunburst Reso Lectric has gone through a few changes in its 19 years of production.  The current model uses an audiophile-quality Highlander preamp to mix both the magnetic and piezoelectric pickups.  A Jason Lollar P-90 pickup sits in the neck position, and a Highlander piezo transducer is fitted under the saddle.  The output of each pickup is controlled by independent volume knobs, with a master volume knob to control the instrument's overall output level.  A 3-way toggle switch selects which pickups are active.  The solid Mahogany body is capped with a Figured Maple top bound in Ivoroid.  The Figured Maple neck clears 14 frets to the body, highlighted with diamond shaped inlays on a Rosewood fretboard. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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Black Rust Deluxe 12 FretBlack Rust Deluxe 14 Fret~ Black Rust Deluxe 12 Fret & 14 Fret Single Cones $2785  A new model based on National's most popular steel bodied single cone guitar, the NRP, or Duolian reproduction. This features a unique take on the Black Rust finish, a built-in Charlie Christian Lollar pickup, ribbed coverplate, and standard Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard and slotted headstock. Comes in 12 Fret and 14 Fret versions. These are cool; acoustically, they are the single cone National we all know and love. Plugged in, the pickup has a giant, clear signal, very versatile, with a rockin' good sound.

Black Rust Deluxe 12 Fret
On Order, due Sept. (Pictured LEFT)
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Black Rust Deluxe 14 Fret On Order, due Aug.
(Pictured RIGHT)
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Custom Vine-of-Life German Silver Single ConeCustom Vine-of-Life Headstock
~ Fantastic Legacy Art Guitar!
VINE-OF-LIFE CUSTOM GERMAN SILVER SINGLE CONE $8900 

On Order, coming soon.
 
This custom German Silver instrument has finally wrapped up production after a 10 year development. Beginning with one of the original owners and National Founder, this Vine-Of-Life fretboard was designed by National co-founder McGregor Gaines, and inlayed by McGregor himself. Engraving on the body was done by former employee and current independent engraver for National Guitars, Brandon Shea. Overseen by Owner Eric Smith along with Chris Broemmelsiek, an employee at National. Chris is currently in the process of transitioning from the fretboard department to the new custom projects department;  he completed the inlay design on the headstock of the instrument to coincide with McGregor's original design. The sound has loads of sparkle and power and the huge dynamic range that German Silver guitars are known for. This is a one-of-a kind art guitar, I am proud to present it here.

Vine-of-Life Full Body shot




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TRICONE NATIONALS:

Style 1 Cutaway, Style 1 Hollowneck, Style 1, S& Y Model 1Style 1

~ Style 1 Tricone $3380 NOW AVAILABLE! Brand new brass-bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone. This is the classic super-shiny great sounding tricone with bell-like tone and endless sustain and wonderful dynamic range. The notes flower; it is rich in harmonics and makes an great and very versatile guitar. Huge, GIANT bass and sweet ringing trebles. Beautiful! (In the picture to the LEFT, the guitar on the top right, also on the RIGHT.)
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~ Style 1 Tricone REPLICON $4080 On Order, coming soon!
Brass-bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone, but with the patina finish of the REPLICON, which takes a new National and gives it the look of one that's been played for 70 years. This is the classic wonderful tricone with super tone and great sustain and huge dynamic range. The notes flower; it is rich in harmonics and makes a fantastic and versatile guitar. 

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Style 1 German Silver Tricone
~ Style 1 Cutaway Tricone $3975 On Order, coming soon!
Brass bodied cutaway tricone with mirror nickel finish with access to the 17th fret and above.  Mahogany neck, slotted headstock, Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Great guitar! (top left in the picture to the LEFT, and RIGHT).




Style 1 Tricone
~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Tricone $3980 On Order, coming soon! The ultimate, and original tricone body metal, German Silver, on a mirror-nickel plated tricone. Deeper lows and low-mids, smoother highs than brass. (Pictured LEFT.) I am playing this guitar in the video below. Hope you enjoy!

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National Exploding PalmNational Exploding Palm
~ Style 1 Tricone with EXPLODING PALM Etching $3680 On Order, due Aug.
Brass bodied tricone with mirror nickel finish with the EXPLODING PALM sandblast pattern on the top, back and sides, from rare vintage Nationals, like the one played by Bukka White.  Mahogany neck, slotted headstock, Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Super tricone with unique abstract deco design. These are the first modern versions of this 1938 design. This one will be the second one made, after Exploding Palm Frontover 70 years, super rare and beautiful. Only available here! (Pictured RIGHT.)

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Style 1 Cutaway
~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone $4230 On Order, due Dec.!  Even better: German Silver bodied cutaway tricone with mirror nickel finish with access to the 17th fret and above.  Mahogany neck, slotted headstock, Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Ultimate guitar, and cutaway too! (Pictured to the LEFT).

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~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone w/RUBBED NICKEL Finish $4230. On Order, coming soon! German Silver bodied cutaway tricone with rubbed nickel finish with access to the 17th fret and above.  Mahogany neck, slotted headstock, Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Super guitar, with unique finish! It has the bright mirror-shininess, just with the texured look of the rubbed finish. (Pictures coming soon, please ask me!).



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Style 1.5Style 1.5 Wiggle Border Detail
THE STYLE 1.5 TRICONES WILL BE COMPLETE SOMETIME LATER IN 2016.

~ Style 1.5 Tricone $4230 On Order, please enquire.
Brass bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border.

~ Style 1.5 Cutaway Tricone $4230 On Order, please enquire.
Brass bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border and cutaway. 

~ Style 1.5 GERMAN SILVER Tricone $4230 On Order, please enquire.
German Silver bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border. 

~ Style 1.5 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone $4655 On Order, please enquire.
German Silver bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border and cutaway.




M1 TriconeM1 Tricone Cutaway
~ M1 Tricone $2955 On Order, due Nov. One of the modern National company's greatest innovations is this, the M1 Mahogany bodied tricone. All the power and depth and sustain of a tricone, with exceptionally powerful bass presence and sparkling trebles make it a very versatile guitar. Mahogany back, sides, neck and well, with ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard, dot inlays, slotted headstock. Another plus: it weighs 3.3lbs less than a metal tricone. A very popular and great sounding instrument! (Pictured RIGHT.)

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~ M1 Tricone Cutaway $3040  On Order, due Nov.
The cutaway version of the M1 Tricone, it has everything the standard M1 has, and gives access to the 17th fret and higher! Fantastic instrument. (Pictured LEFT.)

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~ M1 SQUARENECK Tricone $2955 On Order, coming soon. Squareneck full body version of the great M1 made for lapstyle playing. Yeah man!
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NRP Steel Tricone~ NRP Steel Tricone $2870 On Order, coming soon! This great tricone has a steel body, formed back, rubbed nickel (aka "Steel") finish, unbound Ebony fingerboard on a Mahogany neck, and slotted headstock with "NATIONAL" stamped on it. Great tone, a bit deeper and harder than brass, giant sound, and the no-maintenance rubbed nickel "Steel" finish. Love this guitar. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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~ NRP Tricone Steel LEFTY w/Style 1 Tricone Lefty Neck (small dent on back) $2800 On Order, coming soon!
A true LEFTY NRP Steel Tricone (a mirror image of a regular "Righty" guitar) with a Lefty Style 1 Tricone neck, which has an Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays and Mahogany neck with slotted headstock. This is brand new but has a smaal ding on the back, which gives it an additional 5% discount. PLEASE ASK FOR PICTURES!


NRP Steel Tricone Cutaway
~ NRP Steel Tricone Cutaway $3380 
On Order, coming soon! 
Tricone has a steel body, flat back, cutaway giving access to the 17th fret and higher, rubbed nickel (aka "Steel") finish, unbound Ebony fingerboard on a Mahogany neck, and slotted headstock with "NATIONAL" stamped on it. (Pictured LEFT.) Below, John Maxwell plays "Bella's Romp" on this very guitar. Thanks John!

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BELOW are some of my own personal collection of modern Nationals: front left, is the 2014 GOLD DUECO BARITONE TRICONE, front right, 2011 M1 BARITONE TRICONE, top left, 2010 EL TROVADOR 12 STRING, middle, 1999 BARITONE POLYCHROME TRICONE, behind that, 2003 CUSTOM ESTRALITA BARITONE, behind that, my 2002 STYLE 1 TRICONE 12 STRING.

National Baritones of Catfish Keith
The video below is me playing my custom Gold Dueco Baritone Tricone, (pictured front, LEFT in the photo to the left). Please ask if you'd like a Baritone, they are usually build order-only  instruments. Baritones are my primary slide guitar voice, I just love 'em! Tunings are low, 3 to 5 frets lower than a regular scale guitar, I usually tune this one at Open Bb, which is just the same as Open D or Vestapol Tuning, just lower in pitch. String gauges are .068-.017. Scale length is 27." Baritone neck is available on all tricones and on the El Trovador single cone guitar. Add $400 for Baritone neck. They currently would take 2-4 months for any non-engraved model, longer for wood bodied models. Email or call me anytime, 319-338-3614. 






Triolian Tricone
~ Triolian Tricone $2785
On Order, due Sept. Gold-to-brown painted burst finish tricone has a steel body, formed back, Ivoroid bound Rosewood fingerboard on a Maple neck, and slotted headstock with Triolian Shield decal. Giant tricone sound made slightly bolder because of the Maple neck. Wonderful guitar. (Pictured, LEFT.)



NRP Black TriconeNRP Black Tricone~ NRP Black Tricone with Deluxe Style 1.5 Neck $3040 On Order, coming soon! Steel bodied NRP Tricone with classic black painted finish. Great tricone sound and feel, with all of the features of an NRP: Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard, slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it, three-on-a-plate open gear tuners. Formed back, and the Rocketship-to-Mars beautiful tricone body. Also, not shown in the photos, this guitar has a Deluxe Style 1.5 Neck, which is a Mahogany neck, and features an Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard, diamond shaped inlays, and an Ivoroid headstock overlay with engraved National Shield on a slotted headstock. (Pictured, RIGHT, above.)



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RM1 Walnut with Antique Brass PartsRM1NATIONAL MANDOLIN:

~ RM1 Walnut Mandolin with Antique Brass parts $2445 AVAILABLE NOW! The great and unique National Mandolin. This one has a subtle burst painted Figured or Flamed Maple top, and a solid Walnut body which is carved out, with an Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard, Antiqued metal parts, including the coolest slotted, ribbed coverplate, golden colored National Shield on black headstock overlay, and black knobbed 4-on-a-plate tuners. Fantastic, an amazing instrument. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT. The one on the right has a Hotplate pickup system, which you can add for $400.)

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NRP Steel UkesNATIONAL UKULELES:

~ NRP Steel Ukulele $1850 AVAILABLE NOW!
The National NRP Steel Uke has many of the features of the NRP Steel guitars, just littler: steel body with rubbed nickel finish (aka "Steel" finish), single 6" uke cone, sieve uke coverplate, Mahogany concert uke neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard, peghead headstock with plantary uke tuners. Great little machine! (Twins, pictured LEFT).

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Style O Uke

~ Style O Ukulele $2275
On Order, coming soon!
Great diminutive Style O, replete with palm tree etching front and back, on a mirror nickel brass body uke. 
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Koa Deluxe UkeKoa Deluxe Uke Detail~ Koa Ukulele with ROPE BINDING $2445 AVAILABLE NOW! Koa uke with Rope Binding. Rosewood Fingerboard. Tortoise headstock overlay w/ Nat'l banner. Planetary tuners. Antique Brass sieve coverplate. Coolest uke in the universe! (Pictured LEFT & ABOVE.)

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Mahogany UkeMahogany Uke Back
~ Mahogany Ukulele $1850
 
On Order, due July! The National Mahogany Uke has single 6" uke cone, sieve uke coverplate, Mahogany concert uke neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard, peghead headstock with Tortoise overlay and plantary uke tuners. Stain finish, Tortoise binding. Warm and wonderful sounding. (Pictured LEFT).

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Style N TenorStyle N TenorNATIONAL TENOR GUITAR

~ TENOR Style N $3380 AVAILABLE NOW! Brass bodied Style N Tenor has mirror nickel finish, sieve coverplate on guitar-shaped (not pear-shaped) tenor guitar body, tenor scale four string neck, Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard, dot inlays on a dark burst Maple neck. Ebony planetary tuners. (LEFT and RIGHT, I have more pictures, please ask me!)

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ORDER ANY Guitar, Uke or Mandolin from Catfish, including these NEW MODELS:
See
National Guitars Price List for current prices.

Back of Style ONew! Reso Rocket WB Tricone style grilles, cutaway and unique slotted Reso Rocket coverplate (also option of Hotplate, pictured on Steve James' guitar, adds $350, my price), this is a beautiful guitar. All Mahogany body and neck, slotted headstock with engraved, pearloid overlay, ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Love it!
New! M1 Tricone Cutaway All Mahogany, including the well and neck, matching steel coverplate, and now, the cutaway. M1 Tricones have a huge deep bass, the highs have sparkle, sustain and warmth. The Cutaway give easy access to the nether regions of the neck.
New! Radio Tone Bendaway The Radio Tone Bendaway is back! Maple body, cutaway, slotted vintage radio-style soundports, cool peghead headstock with special jaunty logo decals, unbound rosewood fingerboard. I always loved these, I have one myself and have recorded, toured and thoroughly enjoyed this unique National! (Pictured at the top left of the page.)
New! RM1-V Mandolin Newest version of the groundbreaking National Mandolin has all steel parts and unbound fretboard. (Pictured with Revolver ResoLectric below)
New!
"The Revolver" Resolectric This classic Resolectric has translucent black finish with mother-of-pearl accoutrements. (Pictured with RM1-V Mandolin below)

New! "Vintage" Dueco 12 Fret The fantastic NRP steel body with the brand new groundbreaking tough finish reminiscent of the frosted duco finishes of the 30's, only even more beautiful, in the Vintage green-grey subtle crackle. Mahogany neck, ebony unbound fingerboard, slotted headstock, ribbed coverplate. Limited production. Dueco finish by Rik Besser at B.Fanatic Guitarworks. Pictured above.
New! "Vintage" Dueco 14 Fret The 14 fret version, with unribbed coverplate,Vintage finish.
New!
NRP Hollowneck Tricone
This is the much-anticipated new hollow squareneck tricone from National. More resonance than thought possible! Steel body. Comes in all four NRP finshes: standard green-grey burst, black, ivory and "black rust."
New! Triolian Hollowneck Tricone With the gold-to-brown burst finish and steel body of a Triolian W-Series guitar!
New! NRP Steel Hollowneck Tricone  The great hollow squareneck tricone with the new rubbed nickel "Steel" finish.
New! Style 1 Hollowneck Tricone 
Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish.
New! German Silver Style 1 Hollowneck Tricone The Ultimate: hollow squareneck tricone, German Silver body, mirror nickel finish.
New! Style 1.5 Hollowneck Tricone  Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, wiggle border engraving.
New! Style 2 Hollowneck Tricone Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, rose pattern engraving.
New! Style 3 Hollowneck Tricone Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, lily-of-the-valley engraving.
New! Style 4 Hollowneck Tricone Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, chrysanthemum engraving.
Styles 1.5 thru 4 available with German Silver Upgrade.




Galaxy Blue CollegianThe Collegian 14 Fret Aged Ivory FinishNew! The Collegian Cool new reproduction of the 30's "student" line of single cone Nationals has steel body, f-holes, 14 frets to the neck, solid headstock with shield logo, both in aged ivory and galaxy blue painted finishes, ivroid bound ebony fingerboard, and unique circle soundholes on the coverplate. Another beaut (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT), this isn't for kids! Another great achievement from National.
NRP Steel 14 Fret
New Rubbed Bright Nickel finish on the thinner gauge steel body. 14 fret single cone guitar, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, w/ bone nut, slotted headstock with "NATIONAL" stamped in the headstock, formed back, rolled f-holes.
M14 Mahogany Beautiful deep dark stained, warm-sounding all-mahogany 14 fret single cone guitar, with f-holes on the the standard 14 fret body shape. Ebony fingerboard, binding and nut. Nickel plated coverplate and tailpiece. National banner logo on flat headstock.
Estralita Deluxe 14 Fret Stunning figured maple, sunburst top with walnut back and sides, maple neck, rosewood fingerboard. Ivroid binding on neck and body, solid peghead with ebony overlay, National banner logo in Mother-of-Pearl. This is the brightest and deepest sounding wood-bodied 14 fretter ever built.
Reso-Tone  Features very similar to National's Reso. Jr., featuring the Hotplate, with cool new colors. (Seafoam Green, Black, Red, & Ivory)
Black Rust B-Series NRP 12 Fret, 14 Fret New to the National line is this beautiful new "Black Rust" finish; it has the antiqued, nearly "duco" look that I think is stunning. Everything great about the National NRPs is there in spades: big tone, great price, now this deep dark new look. (Pictured left.)
RM1 Maple MandolinM1 Tricone National has outdone themselves with a gorgeous mahogany bodied tricone. A very exciting first: dark Mahogany gives the tricone sound a wonderful richness and weighs 3.3 lbs less than a metal bodied tricone.
M1 Baritone Tricone Available by custom order. I have one myself, it's deep and giant sounding, what a beautiful voice. The low string notes remind me of an upright piano's bass notes. It's a phenominal instrument (Pictured at the very top of these pages, with my howling dog, Lily, and on the cover of my Put on a Buzz CD).
M1 12-String Tricone The Mahogany body and well and tricone make for an absolutely fantastic 12-String guitar! It was a knockout hit at the NAMM Show this year. Bob Brozman, Mike Dowling, Steve James, Ben Powell and myself were all nuts about this great, to-die-for 12-String marvel.
Triolian Polychrome Yet another brand new model from National. This single cone guitar features thinner gauge steel body, formed back, flat f-holes, maple neck and ebony fingerboard, black palm tree stenciled on back, goldish painted body...another great reproduction of a 1930's classic. Sound and feel is very similar to W-Series Triolian and NRP. What a cool guitar.
Triolian Uke New National Uke with the W-Series walnut burst paint, rosewood fingerboard, maple neck, steel body. Cute uke with a kickin' resophonic uke sound. (Pictured right.)
TriolianEl Trovador 12 String All of the wonderful qualities of a National El Trovador: all mahogany, unique shaped body with tasty binding around top, back, fingerboard and edge of the coverplate, and a tone unrivalled; sublimely fantastic. Deep and dark and warm and bright at the same time. I'm the first musician to have one myself, and I'm slap-happy nuts abut it.
El Trovador Baritone This is the six string, baritone version of the National El T. This guitar could change your life...also brand new...you can tune this way deep with big strings and be in a gonad-rattling new world of deep and rich guitar tone. Wow!
National NRP Tricone This replaces the Polychrome Tricone in the product line; it has a slightly lighter, painted finish like the NRP single cone, thinner gauge steel body, unbound ebony fingerboard, with ebony nut and black tuner buttons, slotted headstock, "NATIONAL" stamped into mahogany headstock, mahogany neck...a great new innovation by National. They did it again. Also now in Black and the B-Series, the "Black Rust" finish.
National NRP 12 Fret Reproduction of the 30's Duolian, with a silvery-green 'burst painted finish, the thinner gauge steel body, arched back and flat f-holes, ebony fingerboard, with ebony nut and black tuner buttons, slotted headstock, The New Dueco Nationals!"NATIONAL" stamped into mahogany headstock, mahogany neck, unribbed sieve coverplate. The thinner gauge steel of the body gives it the true authentic ring of the 30's models as well as making the guitar weigh less. These guitars are fantastic, and are a great value too. Also comes in Black and Ivory finish, as well as the new B-Series "Black Rust" finish.
National NRP 14 Fret This is the 14 fret version of the vintage Duolian repro, same thinner gauge steel on the body, with the shorter body shape that's the same as the 14 Fret Triolian and 14 Fret Style O. Cool!! Also in Black and Ivory finish, and the B-Series "Black Rust" finish.
W-Series Triolian 12 Fret Wild about the new National Triolian single cone guitar, with thinner gauge steel body, flat f-holes, arched back, "Walnut" sunburst, neck joins body at 12th fret. These guitars really capture the sound and feel of the 30's Nationals, but twith the modern good intonation and truss rods. (Pictured ABOVE RIGHT.)
W-Series Triolian 14 Fret This Triolian has the same shorter body shape as the Style O 14 Fret, neck joins body at 14th fret, walnut 'burst. A beaut.
Triolian Tricone This is one great sounding and looking steel bodied tricone with "walnut" gold-to-brown 'burst W-Series-style painted finish, formed back, ivroid-bound rosewood fingerboard, maple neck, slotted headstock.
Style 1 German Silver Tricone The Ultimate National Tricone; German (or nickel) Silver body gives the guitar stronger low-mids, smoother highs. (Pictured left.)
Style 1 German Silver Baritone Tricone This is a special order guitar, with the ultimate body and baritone 27" scale.

There are instruments that are available now on a special order basis, including the National Tenor and Guitars and Bouzouki (aka Octave Mandolin), and Piccolo Guitar. Please ask me for details!

Email or call me at 319-338-3614 for more info, I'm happy to help you.
See National's Website for full instrument descriptions, specs, pictures, and soundbites.
My National Guitars Price List
page has all of my prices for every instrument currently in production.

You can order any model or custom option you want. The in-stock inventory can and often does change daily. I may match or beat other dealers prices, please just ask! Please do contact me, it's always great to hear from you and I try to respond quickly. I ship worldwide, no sales tax (except in Iowa). FREE SHIPPING in the USA & CANADA. All National guitars come with hard case and, if not yet completed, can have Highlander or Hotplate or National Slimline Pickup installed at the National Factory.

See article below:

Why I Love National Reso-Phonic Guitars
~ A Resophonic Primer ~
by Catfish Keith

As seen in Blues Revue, Acoustic Guitar, etc.Back in the early days when I started playing guitar and my interest was being sparked by the wonderful world of fingerstyle acoustic blues and slide guitar, the dynamic sound of the National made a mighty deep impression. Pivotal experiences included listening and soaking up with every pore the excitement and depth of sound displayed by so many National-twanging artists:

Robert Petway singing Catfish Blues.
Son House
and his Death Letter.
Bukka White
Fixin' to Die on his way to Aberdeen.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe's God Don't Like It.

Bo Carter
with his Banana in Your Fruit Basket.
Tampa Red
and his Duck's Yas Yas Yas.
Sol Hoopii
like a jazzbo Hawaiian God Himself.
I Am the Black Ace, I Am the Boss Card in Your Hand.
Oscar Buddy Woods pleads Mama Don't You Sell It, Papa Don't You Give it Away.
Oscar Aleman
, every bit as hot and sweet as Django Reinhardt himself, and many others...

Then there are the modern touring resophonic heroes, people that have become like an extended musical family of fathers, brothers and sisters:

North American artists Johnny Shines, Henry Townsend, John Jackson, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Steve James, Doug MacLeod, Robert B. Jones, Geoff Bartley, Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Roy Book Binder, Robert Armstrong, Del Rey, Honeyboy Edwards, Rich Delgrosso, Paul Geremia, Rory Block, Stefan Grossman, Woody Mann, Frank Fotusky, Paul Asbell, Arlen Roth, Cindi Cashdollar, Rich Jones, John Cephas, Tom Hall, Leroy Pearson, Terry Garland, Michael Roach, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris, Spencer Bohren, John Mooney, Sonny Landreth, Diamond Jim Greene, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Harlem Slim, John-Alex Mason, Dave MacKenzie, Bob McCarthy, Mike Dowling, Kent DuCheine, Toby Walker, Dave Moore, Greg Brown, Joe Price, Bo Ramsey, Dustin Busch, Junior Barber, Pete Grant, Steve Creter, Fruteland Jackson, Mary Flower, Frank Corso, Hawkeye Herman, The Original Snakeboy, Jeremy Lyons, Scott Perry, Colin John, Steve Arvey, John Hasbrouck, Dakota Dave Hull, Kari Larsen, Cam Waters, David Evans (former musical partner with Jessie Mae Hemphill), Robert Lucas, Tom Feldmann, Robert "One Man" Johnson, Wes Lee, Libby Rae Watson, Jack White, Bill Steber, Ramblin' Steve Gardener, Dan Phelps, David Jacobs-Strain, Pat Donohue, Mike Dowling, John Maxwell, Shari Kane, Roy Rogers (Chops not Chaps), Johnny Winter, Paul Olsen of Scrapomatic, Guy Forsyth, Lightnin' Malcolm, Matt Woods, Luther Dickinson, Ben Powell, Rick Franklin, Nathan Rivera, Shine Delphi, Jessie Andra Smith, Micah Kesselring, Jerron Paxton, Steve Dawson, Tim Williams, Kelly Joe Phelps, Kenny Pauze, Guy Drollinger, Rob Lumbard, Misanthropic Zak Izbinsky, Derek Trucks, Peter Keane, Johnny Depp and many many others.

Style O 14 FretUK artists Kevin Brown, Sam Mitchell, The Hokum Hotshots, Lee Bates, John Crampton, Gwyn Ashton, Eddie Martin, Chris Watkins, Dave Arcari, The Blues Band's Dave Kelly (and his sister the late great Jo Ann Kelly), Michael Messer, Mark Makin, The Notting Hillbillies' Steve Phillips and Mark Knopfler (also of Dire Straits), Jim Murray, The Hokum Hotshots, Ian Siegal, Adam Franklin, Roger Hubbard, Chris Martin, Dave Foster, Martin Simpson, Mr. Downchild, Perry Foster, Rag Mama Rag, John Pearson, Dave Peabody, Round Eyes Ray of the Hot Licks Cookies, Gypsy Dave, Paul Cuddeford, Aussie artists Jeff Lang and C.W. Stoneking and the late Irish legend Rory Gallager and many more all have had their lives altered irrevocably by this unique instrument.

In The Beginning...

Invented in the USA by the Czech immigrant John Dopyera, Sr. in the 1920's, the first (and ultimate) National resonator instrument, the tricone guitar, was introduced to the world in 1927. Based in the Los Angeles area, the National company had a colorful, fascinating history and produced their most prized and beautiful guitars up until around WWII. In the 1930's you could purchase a single-cone National guitar for 25 whole dollars!

An essential and very beautiful book about vintage Nationals (as well as Dobros, Supros, Valcos and others), is Mark Makin's 423 page, hardbound "Palm Trees, Senoritas and...Rocket Ships! - The vision of the Dopyera Brothers and the art of National, Dobro, Supro and Valco Musical Instruments." This book is self-published and available directly from Mark Makin at: www.markmakin.co.uk/shop.html This is a must-have book for any National nut!

Gold Dueco Baritone triconeA New Era:

The modern company, National Reso-Phonic Guitars, Inc. has taken the spirit and sound of National's best guitars of those halcyon years of the 20's and 30's and have created a line of guitars that are unrivaled in beauty of tone, playability and the very finest workmanship. Don Young and McGregor Gaines, the original owners of National Reso-Phonic Guitars, worked for the OMI-Dobro company in the 1980's. Don had started making replacement parts for Nationals when he and McGregor decided to make National guitars. They set up shop in Don's parent's garage and initially made wood body instruments (the Islander, JazzBlues, M1 Mahogany and ResoLectric). In 1992 they started to make the brass body Style O. Their combined talent, drive and creativity have made a huge impact on the guitar world and their small factory in San Luis Obispo, California has now produced over 20,000 instruments in the nearly two decades since the company's inception.

In 2008, after the death of Marie Noerdlinger Gaines (MacGregor's wife and National's Office Manager), MacGregor Gaines left the company to pursue other interests. Don Young retired in 2014, now running "Don's String Shop" in the small seaside town of Los Ojos, California.

Don sold the business to National CEO and President, Eric Smith. Eric has worked at National since he was 14 years old, and has brought a new vitality and focus to the company. The quality of the guitars is the greatest they have ever been, and the adventure continues! 

The Instruments:

Triolian PolychromeNational Reso-Phonic has reissued the vintage classic models including the single cone brass bodied Style O, in 14-fret as well as 12 frets to the body, and the engraved Style 3, and brass bodied tricones Styles 1 through 5. All models made after 1994 have excellent adjustable double trussrods.

Innovations include many new models inspired by the classics: The Delphi was the first, the steel-bodied equvalent of the early Duolian and Triolian single cone guitars, with several cool colors with a powdercoated "industrial" finish. The NRP and Triolian Tricones are the fantastic steel bodied tricones, which have replaced the heavy Polychrome Tricone of previous years.

In 2009, both the National NRP and the W-Series Triolian were introduced, in 12 and 14 fret models, which have replaced the Delphi in the product line. These come in several finishes. Standard are handpainted 'burst finishes, and the NRP also has black, ivory and "black rust" finishes, and are made of a lighter gauge steel, much closer in tone and feel to the 30's Duolians and Triolians. New in 2011 was the "Steel" rubbed nickel finish on steel bodied instruments, and the stunning Dueco steel body guitars in Silver and Gold (My own Gold Dueco Baritone Tricone is pictured above left), and in 2013, the "Vintage" Dueco finish was introduced.

The Polychrome Triolian (pictured left) is another stunning 30's single cone reissue guitar, with goldish painted thinner gauge steel body, maple neck, and on the back, the classic black palm tree and orange setting sun stencilled design of the original models.

Although the name is confusingly similar, these are very different from the Polychrome Tricone of earlier years; Triolians are single cone instruments, Tricones have the three smaller cones.

The Estralita Deluxe and M2 Mahogany are wood bodied single cone guitars that incorporate some of the best of the warmth and beauty of several of the vintage wood bodied models. The unique body-shaped El Trovador has been reissued, becoming National's best selling model for the last several years. The El Trovador 12-String and the El Trovador Baritone have also been issued. The Triolian WB and the NRP WB are both made with a maple body. New 14 fret wood guitars are the M14 and Estralita Deluxe 14 Fret.

ResoLectricThe M1 Tricone is a knockout revelation: the first-ever wood bodied tricone, with an all mahogany body (including a mahogany well). Beautiful!

Cutaway bodied new Nationals include the ultra-cool groundbreaking Reso Rocket and the new Tricone Cutaways.

The Reso Rocket is a fantastic, versatile new design that incorporates a cutaway and tricone-style grille soundports in a single cone guitar. The result is possibly the loudest single cone National with a powerful, cutting, yet sweet tone.

One of my favorite new Nationals are the Baritone Tricones (in steel, brass, German Silver and Mahogany bodies) which offer a longer neck (27" scale) and can be tuned as much as four or five half-tones lower for that extra-deep, gonad-rattling tone unrivalled by most any other guitar. This is a life-changing instrument for a guy like me. I absolutely love these, and would not do a show without one. Most any tricone National can now be made as a Baritone guitar!

Great 12-strings are offered in most all models. One of the ultimate National 12 strings is the El Trovador 12 String. The National ukulele is the cutest (big-sounding) little thing and comes in both metal and wood bodies, with concert necks. They have a fabulous, unique mandolin. Electric players are delighted by the ResoLectric (Pictured right.) and the new Reso-Tone. One-of-a-kind custom art guitars are sublime.

The Hollowneck is a groundbreaking design that takes the squareneck classic tricone sound to new, super-reverberant heights. The National Hollowneck Tricones are still all handbuilt.

Spidercone guitars have been represented in the National line with the Model D for many years. Then National introduced their own, separate spidercone brand, Smith & Young, making a steel bodied and a Maple bodied model. When National began making Scheerhorn guitars in 2014, they decided to discontinue Smith & Young to concentrate on Scheerhorns as their sole spidercone guitars.

National will now also make tenor guitars; they have the small single cone guitar (not pear) body shape from the old days and custom variations have included bouzouki, octave mandolin, and piccolo guitar versions, using the same tenor body.

So Much is New at National:

New RM1-V Mandolin & Radio Tone Bendaway - Return of the maple bodied, slot-soundholed, cutaway with paddle headstock!
Dueco 12 & 14 Fret - New color:"Vintage" duco finish on the NRP steel body guitar is stunning.
Reso Rocket WB - The great Reso Rocket, now made with an all Mahogany body.
M1 Tricone Cutaway - The very popular Mahogany M1, now with easier access to the higher frets.
Sheerhorn L-Body Guitars - National now builds three production models designed by the great Tim Scheerhorn!
RM1-V Vintage Maple Mandolin - Maple contruction with "Steel" rubbed nickel metal parts, sieve coverplate.Trancendant Mandolin!
The Revolver ResoLectric -
ResoLectric with translucent black finish with pearloid pickguard and headstock overlay.
Hollowneck Tricones - In steel, brass and German Silver. Most resonant tricone squareneck lap guitar on the planet!
The Collegian - Cool round ring of "bullethole" soundholes on the coverplate make this 14 fret reproduction unique.
M14 Mahogany - All mahogany 14 fret single cone guitar, with black binding and unbound ebony fingerboard, National banner logo on headstock, bright nickel coverplate and tailpiece.
Estralita 14 Fret - Figured maple sunburst top, walnut back and sides, ivroid binding on neck and body, bright nickel coverplate and tailpiece, National banner logo on headstock.
NRP Steel 12 Fret and 14 Fret - Beautiful new Rubbed Nickel Finish on the fantastic Duolian reproduction, the steel-bodied NRP.
Reso-Tone - Great new version of the Reso Jr. with Hotplate in Red, Seafoam Green, Black and Ivory finishes.
RM1 Maple Mandolin - All beautiful figured maple with rubbed Antique Bronze finish on too-cool slotted coverplate and tuners, with Hotplate option.
M1 Tricone - A National first: a wood bodied tricone! This one is all mahogany with super deep and rich and clear tricone qualities, and weighs 3.3 pounds less than a metal tricone. Also available as a Baritone.
Triolian Polychrome - Goldish painted single cone with black palm tree stencil on back, another suped-up reproduction, and it sounds GREAT, just like the NRPs and W-Series Triolians.
Triolian Uke - Cute, wonderful sounding uke with the W-Series gold-to-brown burst.
National NRP Tricone - With similar specs as the NRP single cone, the NRP Tricone is a knockout guitar. Lighter gauge steel bodies now bear the standard at National; not only does this make the guitar lighter in weight, but brings an added vintage ring and sparkle to the tone. Just when I thought "What could they do next?", National raises the bar yet again!
Detail of Antique Brass TriconeNational NRP - A reproduction of the 30's Duolian, with lighter gauge steel body, arched back, stamped f-holes, handpainted silvery-green 'burst finish, ebony fingerboard and nut, mahogany neck, slotted headstock with "NATIONAL" stamped on it, just like the old Duolians...with the great ring of the vintage models! In both 12 and 14 fret models.
National NRP WB - Maple bodied version of the NRP.
W-Series Triolian - Also made with a lighter gauge steel body, arched back, stamped f-holes, handpainted "walnut" burst finish. In 12 and 14 fret models.
W-Series Triolian WB - Maple laminate version of the 12 fret Triolian!
Triolian Tricone - Gold-to-brown 'burst finish on the steel tricone, formed back, ivroid-bound rosewood fingerboard, maple neck, slotted headstock.
German Silver Tricone - Nickel plated German (or Nickel) Silver bodied tricone. Stunning. Really, the ultimate tricone...the same body materials as the greatest early tricones that started in 1927; it offers richer low-mids and smoother highs than the regular brass tricones.
The Don - Limited Edition 14 Fret single cone, German Silver, Deluxe neck.
Style N German Silver Single Cone
- 12 frets to the neck, super-shiny guitar with more present low-mids and smoother highs than a brass guitar.
Reso Jr. II - The Reso Jr. is back, this time with a sublime natural wood finish., also now in sunburst finish.
Hotplate -
Hot new coverplate with pickup and volume controls, can be installed on any single cone National.
Hot Rod Cones -
A new alloy makes the heart of the instrument sound even better; it's now stock on all new Nationals.
14-fret Style O
-
Very popular, a reproduction of the 1937 model, replete with "chicken feet" coverplate and etched palm tree design.
Tricone Cutaway
- A modern innovation of the classic tricone design.
The El Trovador
- A real beauty; all mahogany bodied, f-holed single cone guitar with a unique, larger and deeper body shape, now in 12 string and Baritone versions.
Lefty Tricones -
finally available, and, at no extra charge.
Antique Brass Finish
- Available for all metal bodied instruments. It's beautiful! (Pictured above left.)
Baritone Guitars -
Most all single cones and tricones can now be ordered with a Baritone neck. My favorite.
12-Strings -
Available by special order for most all National guitars.


Can you tell I love these guitars?
Catfish Keith playing his Radio Tone BendawayI play and record with several different new models myself; the latest is a 2014 Gold Dueco Baritone Tricone, which is what I'm using on tour now.
Rik Besser at B-Fanatic Guitarworks did the frosted dueco finish and the guitar has a gorgeous look and feel with a figured Maple neck, peghead headstock, diamond-shped inlays and Waverly tuners. Wow, what a guitar!

My Baritone Polychrome Tricone had been my primary touring and recording National since I got it in 1999. In 2011 I got the new M1 Baritone Tricone, which I've recorded and toured with. It is fantastic, and very, very beautiful. I've been having a blast with the brave new world of the 12-string on both my brass bodied, brass plated 2002 Style One 12-string Tricone and my 2010, mind-blowing El Trovador 12 String. I have special uses for a 2003 Custom Baritone Estralita (also known as my Sister Rosetta Tharpe Guitar) which is so beautiful looking and sounding, I can hardly stand it. My 1998 Radio Tone Bendaway (pictured right) and 1998 Blue Delphi get their workouts too.

I started my resophonic journey in 1979 on a 1930 Duolian. This is a great guitar, which has been refurbished by Don and Mac and the gang. I had dropped this guitar in the ocean (not recommended!) back in the early 1980's while living on a sailboat in the Caribbean in my wayward youth, and when I sent it in to National it was a very sad looking, rust-bucket of a guitar. It came back reborn with a vintage, trippy crackle or "frosted duco" finish and new fingerboard. The guitar and I had a very emotional private reunion, songs coming back, seemingly playing themselves from over 20 years ago. Ultimately, a happy ending to what began as an unfortunate story.


Style 3 TriconeThe advantages of new Nationals over vintage Nationals:
1. New Nationals have very good intonation, many vintage Nationals that have not been properly maintained have intonation that can be off.
2. New Nationals have fully adjustable truss rods in the neck. The vintage Nationals have no truss rods at all. New guitar's necks are solid as a rock and tend to stay wherever you adjust them.
3. New Nationals have a lifetime of music ahead of them. Vintage ones, though quite a few are great instruments and have the legendary mojo of the olden days, need much more care, maintainence and are already eighty years old. Guitar players, by and large, tend to prefer new Nationals.
4. New Nationals have superior cones; vintage cones can be crushed, muted and banjo-like in tone from years of dust, playing and other (ab)use. Don and McGregor and Eric and the craftsmen at National have really perfected the spun aluminum resonator, the heart of the instrument. If something untoward happens to your cone, such as a hefty drop of the guitar, you can easily get new replacement cones at a nominal cost. You can keep your original vintage cone, and they can be reshaped, but probably, the best sound comes from the new ones.
5. New Nationals are Warrantied to the origianl owner. National stands behind their instruments 100%, and the quality really is the best they have ever been.
6. The staff at National are friendly and very responsive to the player's needs. If you ever have a technical question, you can give National a call and talk to a real human being who will help you.


Style O DeluxePlease do email
or call me at 319-338-3614 anytime, and I can get you prices and answer any questions.

Ask about custom features, too, including inlays, engraving, special finishes, custom headstock options, etc.

All models can have Highlander Pickups installed at the factory. These pickups really are the very best, specifically designed especially for Nationals.

Also the new Hotplate is available as an upgrade for single cone guitars as well as on the RM1 Mandolin; it's got volume knobs and "lipstick" pickup.

The Slimline is available too.

Note: Pickup and strap button install is ONLY AVAILABLE on not yet completed instruments. If you buy an already completed instrument and want pickup and/or strap button installed, I'll help you find a qualified repair person near you to do it.

Please, note that my prices listed are the cash price (which includes checks, cashier's checks, and money orders). All sales are final.

 Thanks for tuning in!

 yours truly, Catfish Keith



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