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Now, an Official
Smith & Young
Guitars - National's
two head geniuses, Don
Young and Eric
have started a new brand devoted to making these new spider cone,
Dobro-type guitars. Model
1 is steel bodied, Model
11 has maple body and neck. Both available with round or
square neck(with a hollowcore neck.). Open series soundwells. 10.5"
New! Return of
The groovy Radio Tone
Bendaway, pictured to the left, (My price: $2360)
is back in production,
and now available from
National. This is a very cool
modern twist, first introduced over 15 years ago: a Maple, Cutaway
bodied guitar with vintage radio-style soundhole slots, Peghead
headstock with the unique curvy Radio Tone shape and logos,
painted finish, mirror nickel sieve coverplate and tailpiece,
fingerboard. A great looking, sweet sounding, much lighter
weight (compared to a metal bodied National), very fun to play,
surprisingly versatile guitar. I've
owned one myself since
loved it. I used it to record, have taken it on the road, and used it
in a variety
of settings. Ace guitar! ORDER NOW.
New! M1 Mahogany Cutaway
The stunning, very popular M1 Tricone is now
available with a cutaway! (My price: $2785) 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.) ORDER NOW.
New! Reso Rocket
The Reso Rocket WB (My price: $2530)
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.) ORDER NOW.
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~ Special Brown "Root Beer" Dueco
12 Fret Single Cone $4480 - NEW LOWER PRICE.
or Duolian guitar with a one-of-a-kind, brown or
"root beer" colored duco finish done especially as a
showcase art guitar for last year's NAMM show, done by the
great Rik Besser of B-Fanatic Guitarworks.
- Total of over 25% off of list
price because of very
minimal playing wear from NAMM 2012. (List price $6000). Available now.
Pictured left. MORE PICTURES, JUST ASK!
~ Style O 14 Fret
Style O-14 Replicon is a reissue of the guitar used by Mark Knopfler of
Dire Straits and The Notting Hillbillies. Its contructed with a maple
neck, bound ebony fretboard, and nickel-plated brass body with "chicken
feet" coverplate. Each Replicon goes through a distress and aging
process to make it look and feel as if it were 75 years old. The metal
parts are artificially aged for the look of a lifetime's worth of use.
The neck is artificially worn for a "broken-in" feel. (Pictured left.)
~ El Trovador Baritone
This is the
of the fabulous El Trovador.It
features a longer scale length of 27 inches, meets the body at the 13th
fret, and has an unrivalled, super-deep tone. You can tune it down to
Bb or C and it comes strung with heavier, Baritone gauged strings. I
love the world of the Baritone, hard to go back to regular scaled
guitars once you get into it! Available now. (Pictured right.)
Polychrome Tricone Blue
Powdercoat Finish $2700 Modern
version of the Polychrome Tricone: Same classic peghead headstock,
ivoroid bound rosewood fingerboard, but with the new body of the
lighter gauge steel NRP and Triolian Tricone bodies with formed back.
Super durable textured powdercoat industrial blue finish. Nice! Super
guitars, there are 2 of these available. Available Now. (Pictured LEFT.)
~ RM1-V Figured Maple Steel Parts Mandolin $2020
innovative, super mandolin from
National. Figured Maple carved body with a burst
finish, Steel metal parts, sieve coverplate, unbound Ebony fingerboard,
peghead headstock with Shield badge. Available
Now. (Pictured left.)
~ RM1 Walnut
Antique Brass Parts Mandolin $2190 Ultra-cool
with Walnut body and unique, slotted and ribbed coverplate with an
Brass finish, bound Ebony fingerboard. Shield Badge on peghead with
black overlay. Available Now. (Pictured right.)
~ Koa Concert Uke $1935 F
koa top, back and sides. The concert-sized neck is made of figured
mahogany with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The headstock has a
Available Now. (Uke pictured has rope binding.)
~ Style O Uke $1900
traditional Hawaiian palm tree design is etched on the top and back,
with a stripe around the sides. Comes with a
15" concert scale length and Grover friction tuners. Available Now.
(Pictured left.) 5% off
price; it has a few minor playing scratches from the NAMM Show.
ANY Guitar, Uke or Mandolin from Catfish, including these NEW
Rocket WB $2530
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
overlay, ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. Love it!
Tricone Cutaway $2785
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.
Tone Bendaway $2360
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.)
& Young Model 1 Steel-bodied: Roundneck $2190, Squareneck $1935
sounding, cool new spider cone guitars with 10.5" cone in open
soundwell, the squarenecks feature a hollowcore neck. Beautiful rubbed
nickel finish. Fishman
Nashville Series Pickup
installed add $300.
Young Model 11 Maple-bodied: Roundneck $2020, Squareneck $1765 Great
lonesome sound on stunning
spider cone guitar with sunburst finish, also has 10.5" cone, open
soundwell, squarenecks with hollowcore neck. Fishman Nashville Series Pickup
installed add $300.
Mandolin $2020 Newest
version of the groundbreaking
National Mandolin has all steel parts and unbound fretboard. (Pictured
with Revolver ResoLectric below, under "So Much is New in 2012.")
New! "The Revolver" Resolectric $2275
classic Resolectric has translucent black finish with mother-of-pearl
accoutrements. (Pictured with RM1-V Mandolin below, under "So Much is
New in 2012.")
12 Fret $3040 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.
neck, ebony unbound fingerboard, slotted headstock, ribbed coverplate.
Limited production. Dueco finish by Rik Besser at B.Fanatic
Guitarworks. Pictured LEFT.
14 Fret $3210 The
14 fret version, with unribbed coverplate,Vintage finish as on guitar
to the LEFT.
Hollowneck Tricone $3720 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."
Hollowneck Tricone $3720 With
the gold-to-brown burst finish and steel body of a Triolian
NRP Steel Hollowneck
Tricone $3975 The great
hollow squareneck tricone with the new rubbed nickel "Steel" finish.
New! Style 1
brass body, mirror nickel finish.
German Silver Style 1 Hollowneck
squareneck tricone, German Silver body, mirror nickel finish.
Style 1.5 Hollowneck
brass body, mirror nickel finish, wiggle border engraving.
Style 2 Hollowneck Tricone
brass body, mirror nickel finish, rose pattern engraving.
Style 3 Hollowneck Tricone
brass body, mirror nickel finish, lily-of-the-valley engraving.
Style 4 Hollowneck Tricone
brass body, mirror nickel finish, chrysanthemum engraving.
thru 4 available with German Silver Upgrade ($850 more).
New! The Collegian
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), this isn't for kids! Another great achievement
Steel 14 Fret $2445 New Rubbed
Bright Nickel finish on the thinner gauge steel body. 14 fret single
mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, w/ bone nut, slotted headstock with
"NATIONAL" stamped in the headstock, formed back, rolled f-holes.
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.
Fret $2445 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
Figured Maple Mandolin
Sublimely figured maple top, back, sides and neck, all with a sort of
tobacco-red-gold-brown sunburst, antique brass plated art deco slotted
open tuners with ebony tuning buttons. Add matching Hotplate system for
(RM1 All Figured Maple Mandolin pictured to the right.)
$1255 Features very
similar to National's Reso. Jr., featuring the Hotplate, with cool new
colors. (Seafoam Green, Black, Red, & Ivory)
12 Fret $2190, 14 Fret $2190 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,
price, now this deep dark new look. (Pictured left.)
Tricone $2615 National has outdone
themselves with a gorgeous mahogany bodied tricone. A very exciting
first: dark Mahogany gives the tricone sound a wonderful
and weighs 3.3 lbs less than a metal bodied tricone.
Tricone $2915 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
Tricone $2915 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.
Polychrome $2530 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
black palm tree stenciled on back, goldish painted body...another
reproduction of a 1930's classic. Sound and feel is very similar to
W-Series Triolian and NRP. What a cool guitar.
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.)
Trovador 12 String $3125 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.
Baritone $3125 This is the six
string, baritone version of the National El T. This guitar
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
NRP Tricone $2445 This replaces the
in the product line; it has a slightly lighter, painted finish
like the NRP single cone, thinner gauge steel body, unbound
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.
NRP 12 Fret $2190 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,
stamped into mahogany headstock, mahogany neck, unribbed
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.
14 Fret $2190
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.
Triolian 12 Fret $2190
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.
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.
Tricone $2445 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 $3550
The Ultimate National Tricone; German (or nickel) Silver body
the guitar stronger low-mids, smoother highs. (Pictured left.)
Baritone Tricone $3975
This is a
special order guitar, with the ultimate body and baritone 27"
There are instruments now in development that may be available later
this next year, including the National Tenor and Plectrum Guitars and
Guitar (with Banjo-type neck), and an Octave Mandolin.
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Why I Love National
~ A Resophonic Primer ~
Back in the early days
playing guitar and my interest was being sparked by the wonderful world
of fingerstyle acoustic blues and slide guitar, the dynamic sound of
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:
House and his Death
Bukka White Fixin'
his way to Aberdeen.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe's God
Don't Like It.
Bo Carter with
in Your Fruit Basket.
Tampa Red and his Duck's
like a jazzbo
Hawaiian God Himself.
the Black Ace,
Woods pleads Mama
You Sell It,
Papa Don't You Give it Away.
Aleman, every bit as hot and
sweet as Django Reinhardt himself, and many others...
Then there are the modern touring resophonic heroes, people that
become like an extended musical family of fathers, brothers and
Hammond, Steve James, Doug MacLeod, Robert B. Jones, Geoff Bartley,
Paul Rishell and Annie Raines, Roy Book Binder, Robert Armstrong, Del
Rey, Rich Delgrosso, Paul Geremia, Rory Block, Stefan Grossman, Woody
Mann, Rich Jones, John Cephas, Tom Hall, Leroy Pearson, Michael Roach,
Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey Harris, Spencer Bohren, John Mooney, Mike
Gordon, Diamond Jim Greene, Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Harlem Slim,
John-Alex Mason, Dave MacKenzie, Bob McCarthy, Kent DuCheine, Toby
Moore, Greg Brown, Joe Price, Bo Ramsey, Dustin Busch, Junior Barber,
Steve Creter, Fruteland Jackson, Mary Flower, Frank Corso, Hawkeye
Herman, The Original Snakeboy, Jeremy Lyons, Scott
Perry, Steve Arvey,
John Hasbrouck, Dakota Dave
Hull, Kari Larsen,
Cam Waters, David Evans (former
Feldmann, Dan Phelps, David Jacobs-Strain, Pat Donohue, Mike Dowling,
Shari Kane, Roy Rogers (Chops
Scrapomatic, Guy Forsyth, Lightnin' Malcolm, Matt Woods, Luther
Dickinson, Ben Powell, Rick Franklin
many many others.
of the Radiotones,
The Blues Band's Dave
Kelly (and his sister the
(also of Dire
Straits), Ian Siegal,
Adam Franklin, Roger
Round Eyes Ray of
Hot Licks Cookies,
Aussie artists Jeff Lang
and the late Irish legend Rory
Gallager and many more all
lives altered irrevocably by this unique instrument.
Invented in the USA by the Czech immigrant John Dopyera, Sr.
the 1920's, the
first (and ultimate) National resonator instrument, the tricone guitar,
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
book is self-published and available directly from Mark Makin
A 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 owners of National
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
a huge impact on the guitar world and their small factory in San Luis
Obispo, California has produced over 18,000 instruments in the nearly
two decades since the company's inception.
A few years ago, after the death of Marie
Noerdlinger Gaines (MacGregor's wife and National's Office
Manager), MacGregor Gaines left the
company to pursue other interests.
Now Don Young is the company
President and Eric
Smith has become CEO and Vice-President of
National. 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
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,
bodied tricones Styles 1
made after 1994 have excellent
Innovations include many new models inspired by the classics: The
was the first,
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
bodied tricones, which have replaced the heavy Polychrome Tricone
of previous years.
Within this last couple of years both the National
NRP and the W-Series
have been issued, 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 to
the 30's Duolians and Triolians. New in
2011 is the "Steel" rubbed nickel finish on steel bodied instruments,
and the stunning Dueco
steel body guitars in Silver and Gold (The back of a Gold Dueco 14 Fret
is pictured above left).
The Polychrome Triolian
(pictured left) is another stunning 30's single cone reissue guitar,
painted thinner gauge steel body, maple neck, and on the
back, the classic black palm tree and orange setting sun
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.
are wood bodied single
guitars that incorporate some of the best of the warmth and beauty
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 three or
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
Tricone is a knockout revelation: the first-ever wood
bodied tricone, with an all mahogany body (including a mahogany well).
Cutaway bodied new
Nationals include the ultra-cool
the new Tricone
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
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
National can now be made as a Baritone
in most all models. The ultimate National 12 string is the El Trovador 12 String.
The National ukulele
is the cutest (big-sounding)
little thing and comes in both metal and wood bodies, soprano and
concert necks. They have a fabulous
Electric players are
delighted by the ResoLectric
(Pictured right.) and the new Reso-Tone.
One-of-a-kind custom art guitars are sublime.
The Model D, Model
D Deluxe and cowboy-roped Western
D have delighted fans of the spider
cone Dobro-type guitar, and come in both round and square
neck versions. The new Smith
& Young guitars will take the spider cone guitar
to a new level in 2012. The squareneck Smith & Youngs will have
a hollowcore neck, similar to the new National Hollowneck Tricones.
The hollowneck is a groundbreaking design that takes the sound to
new, super-reverberant heights. The National Hollowneck
Tricones are all handbuilt by National President Don Young himself.
Much is New in 2013:
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
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
Smith & Young
Guitars - New brand built by National of cutting
edge Dobro-style guitars.
RM1-V Vintage Maple Mandolin - Maple contruction with
"Steel" rubbed nickel metal parts, sieve coverplate.Trancendant
The Revolver ResoLectric - ResoLectric with translucent
black finish with pearloid pickguard and headstock overlay.
Tricones - In
steel, brass and German Silver. Most resonant tricone squareneck lap
guitar on the
- Cool round ring of "bullethole" soundholes on the coverplate make
this 14 fret
M14 Mahogany - All
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
- Beautiful new Rubbed Nickel Finish on the fantastic Duolian
reproduction, the steel-bodied NRP.
Great new version of the Reso Jr. with Hotplate in Red, Seafoam Green,
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.
- 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
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!
National 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 -
made with a lighter gauge steel
body, arched back, stamped f-holes, handpainted "walnut" burst finish.
In 12 and 14 fret models.
Triolian WB - Maple laminate
version of the 12 fret Triolian!
- 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)
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
Don - Limited Edition 14 Fret single cone, German Silver,
Style N German Silver
Single Cone - 12 frets to the neck,
with more present low-mids and smoother highs than a brass guitar.
- The Reso Jr. is back, this time with a sublime natural
also now in sunburst finish.
Hot new coverplate with pickup and volume controls, can be
installed on any single cone National.
- 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
of the 1937 model, replete with
"chicken feet" coverplate and etched palm tree design.
- A modern innovation of the classic tricone design.
- A real beauty; all mahogany bodied, f-holed single cone
with a unique, larger and deeper body shape, now in 12 string and
available, and, at no extra charge.
Brass Finish - Available for all metal
bodied instruments. It's
beautiful! (Pictured above left.)
- Most all single cones and tricones can now be ordered
Baritone neck. My favorite.
Available by special order for most all National guitars.
you tell I
play and record with several different new models myself; my Baritone Polychrome Tricone
has 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,
12-string Tricone and my new, mind-blowing El Trovador 12 String.
I have special uses for a Custom
Baritone Estralita which is
so beautiful looking and
can hardly stand it. My Radio
Tone Bendaway (pictured right) and Blue
their workouts too.
started my resophonic journey in 1979 on a 1930 Duolian.
This is a great
has been refurbished by Don and Mac and the
gang. I had dropped
(not recommended!) back in the early
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
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.
of new Nationals
over vintage Nationals:
New Nationals have very
the vintage Nationals intonation are all a
Nationals have fully
rods in the neck. The vintage
Nationals have no truss rods
at all. My
Duolian's neck had to be constantly re-shimmed, and had a bowed
neck. New guitar's
necks are solid
as a rock and stay wherever you adjust them.
Nationals have a lifetime
of music ahead
of them. Vintage ones,
though quite a few are great instruments and have the
of the olden days, need much more care,
maintainence and are already seventy or eighty years old.
Guitar players, by and large, tend to prefer new Nationals.
Nationals have superior
cones; vintage cones are
muted and banjo-like in tone from years of dust, petrofied bird's
nests, playing and other general
and the craftsmen at National have really perfected the spun
resonator, the heart of the instrument, and if
something untoward happens to your cone, such as a hefty drop of the
guitar or the cone's accidental
use as a pot pie pan
or frisbee (just kidding, I hope!), you can easily get fantstic new
replacement cones at a nominal cost. You can always keep your original
vintage cone, but I think the best sound comes from the new ones.
at National are friendly
responsive to the
player's needs. If
have a technical question, you
can give National a call and
talk to a real human being who will help you.
you are interested
any new National, I would be happy to help you.
am an official
for National, and I
can help you get them direct from the factory to your exact
specifications. All instruments come with FREE SHIPPING in USA &
Canada, hard case and no
sales tax (unless you live in Iowa).
usually meet most any other dealer's prices as well.
offer total support before, during and after every
purchase, to get you set up right to follow your string-twanging dream.
I've sold hundreds of new Nationals directly to satisfied
pickers all over the world. I have over 30 years of experience as a
touring performer and
artist, and I'm very, very proud to be associated with this great
or call me
can get you prices and answer any questions.
Ask about custom features,
too, including inlays,
engraving, special finishes, custom headstock options, etc.
models can have Highlander
installed at the factory. These pickups really are the very best,
specifically designed especially for Nationals, and since they are not
easy to retrofit (and very few repair people have experience with
Nationals, new or old), it's highly recommended
that you get them installed at the factory.
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.
Please, note that my
listed are the cash
price (which includes checks, cashier's
checks, and money
orders). Bank wires adds $50 per wire. Paypal adds
3.5% in USA, 4% outside of USA. Credit card adds 4%. All
sales are final.
Thanks for tuning in!
yours truly, Catfish Keith
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Catfish Keith is one of the original
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National Dealer since 2007, and a Top 5 National Dealer
in 2011, 2012 and 2013.