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Lily and M1National Shield17 Guitars & 2 Mandolins right now, 20 more soon!
Updated April 18th, 2014. See all of them below.

NOTE: National raised their prices to all dealers on October 1st, 2013. My guitars, shown below that are already in stock or ordered will still have the earlier, cheaper prices. New build orders and new stock orders will have current prices, see my price list (link below).

Check out my National Guitars Price List page for my prices on every model now available from National, Smith & Young, and Scheerhorn. Please do email or call at 319-338-3614. I can match or beat most other prices, and will help you find the National that's perfect for you.

I offer some of the best service and best prices you will find, and I have over 30 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.

Smith & Young M1 & M11 Spider Cone Guitars!

Official S&Y Dealer!
Smith & Young Spider Cone Guitars
National's two head geniuses, Don Young and Eric Smith , 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" spider cones. ORDER NOW.


~ Smith & Young Model 11 Roundneck $2190 AVAILABLE NOW! Two in stock! Maple bodied Model 11 with beautiful sunburst finish, unbound fingerboard with dot inlays, peghead headstock. (Pictured ABOVE RIGHT, the sunburst one in back.).

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New for 2014!
Get your new SCHEERHORN L-Body Guitars here.
National Reso-Phonic is now the manufacturer for the new line of production model Scheerhorn Guitars. They are offering three models, and you can order them from me here. They are the Scheerhorn L-Body Series, all squareneck, spider cone guitars, ask me for details:
~ Honduras Mahogany for $2600 (Available July, 2014)
~ Flamed Maple for $3000
(Available July, 2014)
~ Rob Ickes Signature Model (Spruce top, Rosewood back and sides) for $3900
(Available July, 2014) ORDER NOW.

Scheerhorn L-Body Mahogany
Scheerhorn L-Body Flamed MapleScheerhorn L-Body Rob Ickes Signature Model


Radio Tone, Reso Rocket WB, M1 Tricone CutawayNew!
Return of the Radio Tone Bendaway

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, sunburst painted finish, mirror nickel sieve coverplate and tailpiece, unbound rosewood 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 1998 and loved it. I used it to record, have taken it on the road, and used it in a variety of settings. Ace guitar! 

New! M1 Mahogany Cutaway Tricone
The stunning, very popular M1 Tricone is now available with a cutaway! (My price: $2870) 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.)

New! Reso Rocket Wood Body
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.)

~ Instruments Now In Stock UPDATED April 18th, 2014. Scroll down further for article: "Why I Love National Guitars." ~

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NOTE: National raised their prices to all dealers on October 1st, 2013. My guitars, shown below that are already in stock or ordered will still have the earlier, cheaper prices. New build orders and new stock orders will have current prices, see: National Guitars Price List


Style O
El Trovador

~ El Trovador $2870 AVAILABLE NOW! 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 RIGHT. Add Hotplate pickup system for $395, installed.)

Style O
~ Style O 12 Fret Single Cone $2870 (Available in April, 2014) 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).

Style O10Style O 14 Fret
~ Style O 12 Fret Single Cone $2870
(Available in June, 2014) 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 and full front and back shot ABOVE LEFT).

~ Style O 14 Fret Single Cone $2870 (3 available in April and May, 2014) 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 RIGHT and BELOW LEFT).

Back of Style O 14 FretTriolian WB

~ Triolian Wood Body 12 Fret Single Cone $2105 (Available March 2014) Kickin' Maple laminate bodied Triolian features a handpainted "Walnut" gold-to-brown burst, steel sieve matching ainted coverplate, flat back, flat f-holes, Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays and ivoroid binding, slotted headstock. Surprising big clear voice, bright, rich, this has a great, punchy sound. (Pictured LEFT).

TriolianTriolian 14 Fret

~ Triolian 12 Fret Single Cone $2275
NOW AVAILABLE! 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).

~ Triolian 14 Fret Single Cone $2190 AVAILABLE NOW! 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 RIGHT.)

Triolian PolychromeTriolian Polychrome

~ Triolian Polychrome 12 Fret Single Cone $2530  (Available Sept. 2014) 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.)


~ NRP 12 Fret Single Cone $2275 AVAILABLE NOW! The super, steel-bodied NRP with a handpainted Grey-Green burst, steel sieve-style matching painted coverplate, formed back, flat f-holes, Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, with NATIONAL stamped on the slotted headstock. Fantastic guitar, with all the spirit and depth and blues mojo you would expect, in this great reproduction of the classic 1930's National Duolian! (Pictured LEFT).

~ NRP Wood Body 12 Fret Single Cone $2105 (Available March 2014) Maple laminate bodied NRP with a handpainted Grey-Green burst, steel sieve-style matching painted coverplate, flat back, flat f-holes, Mahogany neck with unbound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, with NATIONAL stamped on the slotted headstock. Beautiful sound and response, I've been knocked out by these! (Pictured RIGHT).

NRP SteelNRP Steel 14 Fret
~ NRP Steel 12 Fret Single Cone $2275
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 sieve coverplate, Mahogany neck, unbound Ebony fingerboard, and slotted headstock with "NATIONAL" stamped into the headstock. Classic beauty. Great guitar. (Pictured LEFT.)

~ NRP Steel 14 Fret Single Cone $2445 AVAILABLE NOW! 14 frets-to-the-neck version. Magic guitar! (Pictured RIGHT.)

Reso Rocket NReso Rocket Steel10
~ Reso Rocket N $3210
(Available July, 2014)
Absolutely the loudest and most versatile National there is: the Reso Rocket N. 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.)

~ Reso Rocket Steel $2870 (Available May, 2014) Loud, deep, versatile, the Reso Rocket Steel has a steel body, "Steel" rubbed nickel finish, otherwise, all of the features of a Reso Rocket N. (Pictured RIGHT.)

~ Reso Rocket WB $2530 (Available Sept, 2014) Introduced just this January 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 with two wood-bodied cutaways at the TOP of the PAGE, on the RIGHT.)

NRP Black Rust 12 FretNRP Black Rust 14 Fret

~ NRP B-Series Black Rust 12 Fret Single $2275
(2 more on order available May, 2014) 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. This Black Rust beauty has a National Slimline Pickup installed and ready to rock. (Pictured RIGHT.)

~ NRP B-Series Black Rust 14 Fret Single Cone $2275 NOW AVAILABLE! The great Black Rust NRP 14 Fret! These are fantastic guitars, great tone and playability. Steel body, beautiful "Black Rust" finish. (Pictured LEFT.)

Reso Lectric RevolverReso Lectric Revolver

~ Reso Lectric Revolver $2440 NOW AVAILABLE! The Revlover is 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.)

Dueco 12 Fret Vintage Finish
~ Dueco 12 Fret Single Cone $3040
NOW AVAILABLE! Stunning "frosted duco" or "crackle" reproduction finish done by Rik Besser at B-Fanatic Guitarworks on an NRP 12 Fret guitar. This year's version, called "Vintage," introduced at NAMM in January, is the closest yet to the original duco finishes of the 30's. The guitar is the steel bodied single cone beauty; it got the sound, playability, feel...jaw dropping in every way. (Pictured to the LEFT.)

~ Dueco 14 Fret Single Cone $3305 NOW AVAILABLE! The same as described above, but the 14 fret-to-the-neck version. A sublime, great looking and sounding guitar. (Picture BELOW LEFT, thanks to Rik Besser at B-Fanatic Guitarworks.)

14 Fret Dueco


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

~ Style 1 Tricone $3210 (Available March. 2014) 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.)

Style 1 German Silver Tricone

~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Tricone $3635
(Available June, 2014)
The ultimate, and original tricone body metal, German Silver, on a mirror-nickel plated tricone. Deeper lows and low-mids, smoother highs than brass. (In the picture to the LEFT, the guitar on the top right.)

M1 TriconeM1 Tricone Cutaway

~ M1 Tricone $2615
AVAILABLE NOW! 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.)

~ M1 Tricone Cutaway $2785 AVAILABLE NOW! 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.)

NRP Steel TriconeTriolian Tricone~ NRP Steel Tricone $2700 AVAILABLE NOW! 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.)

~ Triolian Tricone $2530 AVAILABLE NOW! 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. Great sustain-rich tricone sound is filled with harmonics, the note "flower" as you play them. Wonderful guitar. (Pictured RIGHT.)


RM-1 Walnut MandolinBack of RM-1 Mandolin

~ RM-1 Walnut Mandolin w/ Antique Brass Parts $2275
AVAILABLE NOW! This very cool and unique mandolin spent two years in R&D before finally making it into production in 2005.  It has traditional features such as a biscuit bridge and vintage-style open gear tuners, combined with modern appointments, including an intonated saddle and a comfortably radiused, extended fretboard.  The neck is made from highly figured maple.  The body is carved from two-piece walnut, with a figured maple top.  The Art-Deco cast tailpiece and antique brass parts are exclusive to this instrument. This has an unrivalled volume and sweetness of tone. Love these! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.) TWO of these are available!

ORDER ANY Guitar, Uke or Mandolin from Catfish, including these NEW MODELS:
National Guitars Price List for current prices (as of Oct. 1st, 2013) on new orders.

Back of Style ONew! Reso Rocket WB $2530 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 $2785 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 $2360 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.)
Smith & Young Model 1 Steel-bodied: Roundneck $2360, Squareneck $2105 Powerful 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.
Smith & Young Model 11 Maple-bodied: Roundneck $2190, Squareneck $1935 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.
New! RM1-V Mandolin $2105 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.")
"The Revolver" Resolectric $2440 This classic Resolectric has translucent black finish with mother-of-pearl accoutrements. (Pictured with RM1-V Mandolin below, under "So Much is New in 2012.")

New! "Vintage" Dueco 12 Fret $3295 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 $3295 The 14 fret version, with unribbed coverplate,Vintage finish.
NRP Hollowneck Tricone $3805
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 $3805 With the gold-to-brown burst finish and steel body of a Triolian W-Series guitar!
New! NRP Steel Hollowneck Tricone $3975 The great hollow squareneck tricone with the new rubbed nickel "Steel" finish.
New! Style 1 Hollowneck Tricone $4655
Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish.
New! German Silver Style 1 Hollowneck Tricone $5505 The Ultimate: hollow squareneck tricone, German Silver body, mirror nickel finish.
New! Style 1.5 Hollowneck Tricone $5335 Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, wiggle border engraving.
New! Style 2 Hollowneck Tricone $5590 Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, rose pattern engraving.
New! Style 3 Hollowneck Tricone $7475 Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, lily-of-the-valley engraving.
New! Style 4 Hollowneck Tricone $8055 Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, chrysanthemum engraving.
Styles 1.5 thru 4 available with German Silver Upgrade ($850 more).

Galaxy Blue CollegianThe Collegian 14 Fret Aged Ivory FinishNew! The Collegian $2275 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), this isn't for kids! Another great achievement from National.
NRP Steel 14 Fret $2445
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 $2360 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 $2530 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.
RM1-All Figured Maple Mandolin $2530 Wow! Sublimely figured maple top, back, sides and neck, all with a sort of tobacco-red-gold-brown sunburst, antique brass plated art deco slotted coverplate and open tuners with ebony tuning buttons. Add matching Hotplate system for $350. (RM1 All Figured Maple Mandolin pictured to the right.)
RM1 Maple MandolinReso-Tone $1340 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 $2275, 14 Fret $2275 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.)
M1 Tricone $2700
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 $3040 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 $3040 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 $2615 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 UkuleleTriolian Uke $1510 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.)
El Trovador 12 String $3295
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 $3295 This is the six string, baritone version of the National El T. This guitar could change your life...also brand 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 $2530 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 $2275 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 $2275 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 $2275 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.
W-Series Triolian 14 Fret $2275 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 $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 gives the guitar stronger low-mids, smoother highs. (Pictured left.)
Style 1 German Silver Baritone Tricone $3975 This is a special order guitar, with the ultimate body and baritone 27" scale.

There are instruments that may be available now on a special order basis, including the National Tenor and Plectrum Guitars and Bouzouki (aka Octave Mandolin). 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 will 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 within one day 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:

American artists 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, 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 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, Steve Arvey, John Hasbrouck, Dakota Dave Hull, Kari Larsen, Cam Waters, David Evans (former musical partner with Jessie Mae Hemphill), Tom Feldmann, Dan Phelps, David Jacobs-Strain, Pat Donohue, Mike Dowling, 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 and many many others.

Style O 14 FretUK artists Dave Arcari of the Radiotones, The Blues Band's Dave Kelly (and his sister the late great Jo Ann Kelly), Michael Messer, The Notting Hillbillies' Steve Phillips and Mark Knopfler (also of Dire Straits), Ian Siegal, Adam Franklin, Roger Hubbard, Dave Foster, Martin Simpson, Mr. Downchild, 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: This is a must-have book for any National nut!

Back of 14 Fret DuecoA 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 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 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 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.

Within this last couple of years both the National NRP and the W-Series Triolian 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, 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 three or four 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. 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 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 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.

So Much is New in 2014:

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.
Smith & Young Spider Cone Guitars - New brand built by National of cutting edge Dobro-style guitars.
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; 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, brass plated Style One 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 sounding, I can hardly stand it. My Radio Tone Bendaway (pictured right) and 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, the vintage Nationals intonation are all a bit off.
2. New Nationals have fully adjustable truss rods in the neck. The vintage Nationals have no truss rods at all. My 1930 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.
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 seventy or eighty years old. Guitar players, by and large, tend to prefer new Nationals.
4. New Nationals have superior cones; vintage cones are often crushed, muted and banjo-like in tone from years of dust, petrofied bird's nests, playing and other general (ab)use. Don and McGregor and Eric and the craftsmen at National have really perfected the spun aluminum 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.
5. 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.

If you are interested in purchasing any new National, I would be happy to help you.

I am an official dealer 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). I can usually meet most any other dealer's prices as well.

I 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 recording artist, and I'm very, very proud to be associated with this great company.

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, 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 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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