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"For anyone looking to buy a National I can't recommend any shop or person more so than Catfish. His passion for all things guitar, his love of the music and his connection to National make him "the man." He communicates well and often and makes the experience fun and exciting. If anyone is thinking of a National Guitar they couldn't do better than going through Catfish Keith. It's like going through a trusted friend. Wonderful."
                                                           ~ John Harrington, San Diego, CA ~

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Style 1
TriconeLily and M1 Baritone TriconeScores and scores of Instruments are AVAILABLE NOW and ready to ship, with many more, very soon. Please do ASK me! Updated Nov. 16, 2017. See below. Also, several videos!

Check out my National Guitars Price List page for my prices on every model now available from National Reso-Phonic and Scheerhorn. Please email catfishkeith@catfishkeith.com 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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National increased their prices on Feb. 1, 2017. Instruments that I have already ordered before then will stay at the same, lower prices. I'll try to get you the best deal I can!

My inventory changes often, 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 (probably the fastest), 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.

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!


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FREE SHIPPING in USA/Canada, hard case, no sales tax in USA (except Iowa).

             AVAILABLE and ON ORDER (ask me, these are ready to ship, NOW!):     
 
Weathered
Steel Style ONEW NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC GUITARS:     

~ Dueco 12 Fret $3550
- Available Now.
~ Dueco 14 Fret $3550
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ El Trovador Fig. Maple w/ Arrowhead & Antique Brass parts $4145 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ El Trovador $3210 - Available Now.
~ El Trovador 12-String $3550 - Available Now.

~ El Trovador CUTAWAY $3465 - Available Now.
~ El Trovador Cutaway PROTOTYPE w/ Hotplate $3805 - NEW! Ready to Ship.
~ Estralita Deluxe 12 Fret $2870 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ M1 Tricone Super Custom, of Spruce, Walnut, w/ Beautiful Inlay & Binding $4145
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ M2 Mahogany 12 Fret $2700
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ M14T Thunderbox Revolver $2700 - Available Now.
~ M14T Thunderbox Denim $2700
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ NRP Antique Brass 14 Fret $3210
- Ready to Ship Now.

~ NRP Black Rust DELUXE 12 Fret $2785 (w/ Charlie Christian Lollar Pickup)
- Available Now.
~ NRP Black Rust DELUXE 14 Fret $2955
(w/ Charlie Christian Lollar Pickup)- Available Now.
~ NRP Black Rust 12 Fret $2615 - Available Now.
~ NRP Black Rust 14 Fret $2615 (with Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard)
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ NRP Chipped Ivory DELUXE 14 Fret $2955 (w/ Charlie Christian Lollar Pickup) - Ready to Ship Now.
~
NRP Green Burst Tricone $2955 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ NRP Steel 12 Fret  $2530 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ NRP Steel 14 Fret $2700 - Available Now.
~ NRP Steel Cutaway Tricone $3380 - Available Now.
~ NRP Steel Tricone $3125 - Available Now.
~ NRP Wood Body 12 Fret w/ Green Burst $2530
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ NRP Wood Body 14 Fret w/ Green Burst $2530
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Radio Tone Bendaway $2785 - Ready to Ship Now.
~
Reso Rocket Fig. Mahogany WB Satin Finish $3975 - Ready.
~ Reso Rocket Black Rust $2955
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Reso Rocket N (Brass) $3550
- Available Now.
~ Reso Lectric Sunburst $2700 - Available Now.

~ Style O Weathered Steel 12 Fret $2955 (Pictured RIGHT) - NEW MODEL Available Now.
~ Style O Weathered Steel 14 Fret $2955
- NEW MODEL Available Now.
~ Style 1 Tricone $3805 (Pictured Above, LEFT) - Ready to Ship Now
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~ Style 1 Tricone Cutaway $4230
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Tricone Cutaway w/ Rubbed Finish $4655
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Style 1 Antique Brass Tricone $4060
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Style 3 German Silver Tricone Cutaway $8900 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ Triolian Polychrome 12 Fret  $3125 - Available Now.
~ Triolian Polychrome 14 Fret  $2830 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ Triolian Polychrome Tricone $3465
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Triolian Steel 12 Fret $2700 - Ready to Ship Now.
~ Triolian Tricone $2955
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Triolian Steel Tricone $3125
- Ready to Ship Now.
~ Scheerhorn Mahogany B-Ply $2380
- Ready to Ship Now.

NEW UKULELES:
~ Triolian Uke $1935 - Available Now.
~ Style O Uke  $2535 - Available Now.

NEAR-NEW, USED GUITARS on Consignment:
~ M1 Baritone Tricone (2014) $2600 RM1 Mandolin with Hotplate - Available Now.
~ Style O 12 Fret (2014) $2500 - Available Now.
~ ARK New Era KK-3 Kel Klassen (2015) $3500 - Available Now. Great Reproduction of a 1930 Kel Kroyden w/ Highlander Pickup installed!

LATER NOVEMBER, DECEMBER & FURTHER (dates are approximate and may change):  

Pioneer RP1 Black Rust


~ M1 Tricone w/ 4" Deep Body $3125 - On Order, due Dec.
~ M1 Tricone  $3125 - On Order, due Dec.

~ M1 Tricone Cutaway  $3040 - On Order, due Dec.
~ NRP BARNYARD BLUE 12 Fret $2615  - NEW! - On order due Dec.
~ NRP Black Rust Tricone $2955 - On Order, due Feb.
~ NRP Chipped Ivory DELUXE 12 Fret $2955
(w/ Charlie Christian Lollar Pickup) - due Jan.
 
~ NRP Chipped Ivory 12 Fret $2615 - On Order due Jan.
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NRP Chipped Ivory 14 Fret $2615 - On Order due Dec.
~ Pioneer RP-1 Black Rust (PICTURED LEFT) $3210 - due Dec.
~ Pioneer RP-1 Chipped Ivory  $3210 - due Dec.
~ Reso Lectric Revolver $2700  - On Order, due Dec.
~ Reso Rocket Steel $3125 - On Order, due Dec.
~ Reso Rocket WB  $3040
- On Order, due Ded.

~ Style O 12 Fret LIGHTNING BOLT $3210 - On Order, due Ded.
~ Style O 12 Fret  $3210 - On Order, due Dec.
~ Style O Deluxe 12 Fret  $3295 - On Order, due Jan.

~ Style O 14 Fret $3210 - due Dec.
~ Style 1 Tricone w/ EXPLODING PALM Etching $3680 - due Ded.

~ Style 1 German Silver Tricone $3970 - On Order, due Nov.
~ Style 1 German Silver Cutaway Tricone  $4655 - On Order, due Nov.

~ Style 1.5 Tricone  $4485  - On Order, please enquire.
~ Style 1.5 Tricone Cutaway  $4910  - On Order, enquire.
~ Style 1.5 German Silver Tricone  $4910 - On Order, enquire.
~ Style 1.5 German Silver Tricone Cutaway  $5335 - On Order, enquire.

~ Triolian 12 Fret $2615 - On Order, due Dec.
~ Triolian 14 Fret $2615 - On Order, due Dec.
 
~ Scheerhorn Flame Maple $3180 - On Order, due Dec.
~ Scheerhorn Mahogany $2880 - On Order, due Dec.
 

MANDOLIN:
~ RM1 Walnut Mandolin with Antique Brass Parts $2815 (Pictured above RIGHT but w/o Hotplate) - 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 On Order, due Dec. Great warm, deep sound, all solid Mahogany body. Love the sound, look and feel. (Pictured LEFT, has hand-rubbed glossy finish, all solid wood.)

FREE SHIPPING in USA/Canada, w/ hard case and these options:
~ Honduras Mahogany B-Ply $2380 Ready to ship! This one has all Mahogany body, top and back are ply, this has satin finish. Sounds great. (Same as guitar to the LEFT, but with satin, not-glossy, finish.)
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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 $4080 4 month approx ETA.
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! Rich and pure super-tone sound just flies out of this guitar. (RIGHT with Natural, Blonde top.)
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~ NEW for 2017: Pioneer RP 1 $3210  Available Nov. Cool new two pickup electric from National features a hollow steel body cutaway, unique "bulletholes" coverplate, meshed toggle port (resembling part of a steampunk Diver Dan helmet), Lollar P90, and Highlander piezo pickup with built-in preamp. Volume, Tone and Mix controls. Rock Maple neck with 25" scale. Gotoh tuners. National Sheild Pewter Badge logo on peghead headstock. These were the hit of this year's NAMM Show. Surprisingly loud acoustically, and rockin' great plugged in!

It comes in two finishes: Black Rust and the especially relic-y Chipped Ivory is on order. (Pictured LEFT and ABOVE, and the Black Rust version is at the very top LEFT of the whole big page.)

Black Rust Model due in Dec., Chipped Ivory due Dec.


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~ Instruments UPDATED Nov. 16, 2017.
Scroll down for article: "Why I Love National Guitars." ~

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

 National Guitars Price List
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SINGLE CONE NATIONALS:

Thunderbox!
~ New! M14T Thunderbox Denim $2700
Ready to Ship Now!
The M14 reimagined: great all-Mahogany single cone 14 fretter is given a powerful reboot, with a 4" deep body, like it's 12 fret cousin, the El Trovador. This gives the guitar a new and deeper voice with even bigger projection and depth. A cool translucent blue finish shows the grains of Mahogany coming though, and it has a cool matching binding. Rubbed nickel ribbed sieve coverplate and tailpiece. An NRP-style neck, with a lighter natural finish, and slotted headstock with 3-on-a-plate tuners. NATIONAL is stamped simply at the top. Ebony fingerboard, unbound, and an Ebony nut. Man! Great new model from the cats at National! (Pictured LEFT.)
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Thunderbox
Revolver~ New! M14T Thunderbox Revolver $2700 AVAILABLE NOW.
This M14 version has it all, a darker look: all-Mahogany single cone 14 fret guitar with a 4" deep body, taking it's inspiration from the esteemed El Trovador. Brand new and deeper voice with even bigger projection, more gonadium. A translucent black finish shows off the Mahogany, and it has eye-catching contrasting white binding. Rubbed nickel ribbed sieve coverplate and tailpiece. An NRP-style neck, with a lighter natural finish, and slotted headstock with 3-on-a-plate tuners. NATIONAL stamped on it. Ebony fingerboard, unbound, and an Ebony nut. Dang! This is a beaut. (PICTURED BELOW LEFT and RIGHT)

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Thunderbox Revolver






















Here below, in these new videos made by National, I play a couple of pieces on the M14T Thunderbox Revolver. Alright!






Here is another new video made recently by National, of me playing a Custom Figured Maple Baritone El Trovador guitar:




El TrovadorEl Trovador

~ El Trovador $3210
Available Now!
The fantastic and classic 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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El Trovador Cutaway
























~ New for 2017: El Trovador Cutaway $3465
AVAILABLE NOW!
The El Trovador, now with a cutaway! Mahogany back, sides, top and neck, with the deeper and curvier El T body shape. Great warmth, sparkle and depth of tone. National took apart Mike Dowling's 1932/33 guitar, and made a stunning reproduction. It has become National's most popular selling model for several years. The cutaway version is unique, with one bigger f-hole, and sleek cutaway with nether-region access. The guitar pictured has the Hotplate, which you can add for $400. (Pictured RIGHT.)

FREE SHIPPING in USA/Canada, w/ hard case and these options:
~ New for 2017: El Trovador Cutaway PROTOTYPE with Hotplate Installed $3805 READY TO SHIP NOW.
This is the El Trovador Cutaway described above, but this one is the prototype, or the very first one they based all of the production models on. The guitar pictured above is this actual guitar, the one Mike Dowling plays in the video below. It has the Hotplate. (Pictured ABOVE RIGHT.)

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Below, Mike Dowling plays one of my favorite Fats Waller tunes, "Jitterbug Waltz" on his new EL TROVADOR CUTAWAY.  Thanks Mike!





El Trovador with Hotplate
~ El Trovador w/ Hotplate Installed $3610 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. 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
AVAILABLE NOW! 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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Figured Maple El TrovadorFigured Maple El Trovador Back







~ Figured Maple El Trovador w/ Arrowhead Inlay & Antique Brass Parts $4145 Ready to Ship Now!
This one, Whoa! More stunningly beautiful Amber-orange finished all-solid stripey-figured Maple on the top, back, sides and neck, satin finish. Diamond-shaped, and an arrowhead inlay at 12th fret on the Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard, and slotted, peaked headstock. 4" body depth, Antique Brass ribbed sieve coverplate and tailpiece. The tone is big and bold, with a rich and warm sound, a unique and very beautiful custom El Trovador. Love it! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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M2
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~ M2 Mahogany 12 Fret Single Cone $2700
Ready to ship Now.  The M2 is the classic all-Mahogany single cone guitar, featuring a ribbed sieve coverplate with rubbed nickel finish, and a Deluxe neck with diamond-shaped inlays and Ivoroid binding on a Rosewood fingerboard. Perloid Overlay on a peghead-style headstock, and nickel plated tuning machines. Warm, sweet tone, it's a good 'un! (Pictured ABOVE.)

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Estralita Deluxe
~ Estralita Deluxe 12 Fret Single Cone $2700 Ready to Ship Now.
  Gorgeous sunburst top of flamed Maple, and back and sides of Walnut on a single cone National. F-holes, ribbed sieve coverplate with mirror nickel finish, and a Mahogany neck, with has dot inlays and Ivoroid binding on a Rosewood fingerboard. Slotted headstock with Ivoroid overlay with National Sheild. Rich, bold beautiful sound, it's rather hypnotizing to look at it. (Pictured LEFT.)
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Weathered Steel Style O 12 FretWeathered Steel Style O 12 Fret
~ NEW! Weathered Steel Style O 12 Fret Single Cone $2955
Available Now! This is the famous palm tree etched Style O design but with STEEL body (not brass), rubbed nickel finish, the authentic 30's sandblasted, etched tropical scenes on the front and back. Unbound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, slotted headstock. Weathered plain Maple neck (not burst painted). This is the vintage-look, no maintenance version, as the rubbed nickel on steel will not rust or fog. I love the look and sound of these, with the deeper bonk and splang of a steel bodied single cone, and WOW they look fantastic.























Steel Style OSteel Style O 14 Fret
~ NEW! Weathered Steel Style O 14 Fret Single Cone $2955
Available Now! This is the famous palm tree etched Style O 14 Fret design but with STEEL body (not brass), rubbed nickel finish, the authentic 30's sandblasted, etched tropical scenes on the front and back. Unbound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays and peghead headstock. Weathered plain Maple neck (not burst painted). This is the vintage-look, no maintenance version, as the rubbed nickel on steel will not rust or fog. I love the look and sound of these, with the deeper bonk and splang of a steel bodied single cone. MAN what a guitar!
























Style O
~ Style O 12 Fret Single Cone $3210 On Order, due Dec. 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 Jan.
  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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Style O 12 FretStyle O 12 Fret Back
~ Style O 12 Fret Single Cone (2014) $2500 USED, NEARLY-NEW CONSIGNMENT IN STOCK 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. This one is in excellent condition, very well cared for, from the original owner. It looks brand new, and sounds great. (ASK FOR MORE PICTURES, I WILL EMAIL THEM RIGHT AWAY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!).







Style O 14 Fret
Style O 14 Fret
~ Style O 14 Fret Single Cone $3210
On Order due Dec. 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 plus at the top of this big ol' page, under "Instruments Available Right Now").
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Style O
Lightning BoltStyle O Lightning
Bolt
~ Style O 12 Fret with LIGHTNING BOLT Etching $3210 On Order, due Dec! 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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Collegian 14 Fret
~ Collegian Aged Ivory 14 Fret Single Cone $2615 ORDER here, ready in 2-3 months.
The Collegian is based on a "student model" from the late 1930's that was a 14 fret single cone guitar with bulletholes coverplate and peghead-style headstock. Steel body with rolled f-holes, formed back, and an Ivoroid-bound Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays on Mahogany neck. This one has the Aged Ivory finish. Cool guitar! (Pictured to the LEFT. ALSO AVAILABLE IN GALAXY BLUE!)




















Dueco 12 FretDueco 14 Fret
~ Dueco 12 Fret Single Cone $3550 AVAILABLE NOW!
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
Ready to Ship 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, taken out behind the National factory, by the old railroad tracks.) Below, I am playing this very guitar at NAMM. Rik Besser even photobombs the video while I'm playing!

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Triolian W-Series 12 Fret
Triolian~ Triolian 12 Fret Single Cone $2615 On Order, due Dec.
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
Triolian 14 Fret~ Triolian 14 Fret Single Cone $2615 On Order, due Dec. 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. (The actual guitar in stock is LEFT, love the colors on this one!)

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Triolian PolychromeTriolian
Polychrome

~ Triolian Polychrome 12 Fret Single Cone $3125 Ready to Ship Now!
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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See the TRICONE SECTION, below, for a TRIOLIAN POLYCHROME TRICONE!













In this video below TOBY WALKER compares his 1930 Triolian to his brand new Triolian Polychrome. Thanks Toby!




Triolian Polychrome 14 Fret BackTriolian Polychrome 14 Fret
~ Triolian Polychrome 14 Fret Single Cone $2870 AVAILABLE NOW!
Super classic with steel body, formed back, rolled f-holes, the cool gold finish with orange-red highlights, stenciled black palm tree scene with orange sunset on the back, Ebony fingerboard, which is Ivoroid-bound. Bold and powerful sound (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT.)

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NRP 12 Fret
NRP Headstock
~ NRP 12 Fret Single Cone with Green Burst  $2615  Order Now, due in 3 months. This is the beautiful original style NRP with steel body, flat f-holes, sieve coverplate, formed back and classic green 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 Barnyard Blue 12 Fret
New Model! ~ NRP BARNYARD BLUE 12 Fret $2615 On Order, due Jan.

This is a classic original style NRP 12 fret with steel body, flat f-holes, sieve coverplate, formed back. Mahogany neck with natural finish (same color as the headstock) with unbound Ebony fingerboard, dot inlays. Slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it. New "Barnyard Blue" patina/relic'd finish, similar to the "Chipped Ivory" effect, with patina Antique Brass coverplate and tailpiece. (Pictured LEFT and BELOW!)

NRP Barnyard Blue 12 Fret


NRP Wood BodyNRP WB Full Body

~ NRP Wood Body 12 Fret Single Cone with Green Burst  $2530  Ready to Ship Now.
This is the wood bodied version of the original style NRP. It has a Maple body, with f-holes, sieve coverplate, flat back and the classic first NRP painted finish, introduced in 2009, the green painted burst finish. Mahogany neck with natural finish (same color as the headstock) with unbound Ebony fingerboard, dot inlays. Slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it. 3-on-a-plate tuners. I was very pleased how deep and warm these guitars sound. It's lightweight too, at just over 5 lbs, over two pounds lighter than the steel NRP. A great National, one of the most affordable as well, but still a lifetime guitar! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT)

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~ NRP Wood Body 14 Fret Single Cone with Green Burst  $2530  Ready to Ship Now.
14 fret version of the NRP. Maple body, f-holes, sieve coverplate, flat back and the cool green burst. Comfy feel to the Mahogany neck, unbound Ebony fingerboard, dot inlays. Slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it. Deep and warm and full of splang. It's also weighs in at about 5 lbs, more than two pounds less than their steel bodied siblings. I am quite fond of these, they are good 'uns. (Not pictured, ASK ME for photos!)

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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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~ Triolian Steel 12 Fret Single Cone $2700  READY TO SHIP NOW!
Same steel body with rubbed nickel finish as the NRP Steel (pictured LEFT), but with a Triolian neck, which is Maple with Walnut Burst, and the fingerboard is Ivoroid-bound Rosewood with dot inlays. Headstock is slotted with Triolian Shield decal. Great guitar!









NRP Steel 14 Fret~ NRP Steel 14 Fret Single Cone $2530  AVAILABLE NOW!
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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NRP Antique Brass 14 Fret
























~ NRP Antique Brass 14 Fret Single Cone $3135
AVAILABLE NOW! 
Cool and unique Antique Brass finish on a great sounding brass bodied single cone guitar with NRP-style appointments. Rolled f-holes, formed back, and CHICKEN FEET coverplate. Mahogany neck clears 14 frets to the body and features an unbound ebony fretboard with mother-of-pearl dot position markers. Vintage-style plain tuners, ebony nut, and NATIONAL stamped on the headstock complete the look this super blues machine. (Pictured ABOVE)



Reso Rocket Steel10Reso
Rocket N
~ Reso Rocket N $3550 On Order, due Feb!
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 Dec. 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.
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RR WB Headstock~ Reso Rocket WB $3040 On Order, due Nov. 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.)


RR WB Headstock



















Figured Mahogany Reso RocketFigured Mahogany Reso Rocket
~ New Model! Limited Edition Figured Mahogany Reso Rocket WB $4400
  On Order, due Jan.
Stunning figured Mahogany on this classic, this will be one of only 16 made. All of the features of the Reso Rocket WB, but with the jaw-dropping deep figure, with a high gloss finish. I love this, it's not only fantastic tonewood, but hypnotizing to look at. (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT. Ask for more pics, I have them!)
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Reso Rocket Fig. MahoganyBack of Reso Rocket Figured Mahogany with
Satin Finish
~ New Model! Limited Edition Figured Mahogany Reso Rocket WB w/ Satin Finish $3975
  Ready to Ship NOW.
Can't get enough of this gorgeous figured Mahogany on this beauty, and due to the limited supply of this wood, National will do only 16 of these. All of the features of the Reso Rocket WB, but with the deep figure, it's a perfect tonewood, and of course, amazing to look at. This one has a Satin Finish. Happy to get you more pictures, I have a few more!

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Headstock of RR WB Figured Mahogany Satin
Finish


























Reso Rocket Black Rust~ Reso Rocket Black Rust $2955 On Order, due Feb. Black Rust finish on a fantastic steel bodied Reso Rocket. The Reso Rocket is wonderful and versatile innovation from National, a cutaway single cone with tricone-style grille soundports, which give the guitar a very immediate response, possibly the loudest, punchiest, and most powerful of any National. The cutaway gives great access to the highest registers. Deluxe neck with peghead headstock, diamond shaped inlays on Ivoroid-bound Rosewood fingerboard. (Pictured LEFT.)

Reso Rocket Headstock





















NRP Black Rust 12 FretNRP Black Rust 12 Fret~ NRP B-Series Black Rust 12 Fret Single Cone $2615 READY TO SHIP NOW! 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 $2615 On Order, due Dec-Jan! 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 B-Series Black Rust 14 Fret Single Cone with Ivoroid-bound Ebony Fingerboard $2615
AVAILABLE NOW!
This is the same great NRP steel bodied single cone 14 fret classic, decribed and as seen above, except with an Ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard (usually they have unbound Ebony fingerboards).
















NRP
Black 14 fretNRP Black 14 Fret

~ NRP Black 14 Fret Single Cone $2615 AVAILABLE NOW. 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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NRP Chipped Ivory 12 & 14 Fret

~ NRP Chipped Ivory 12 Fret Single Cone $2615 On Order, due Feb.
The super NRP steel bodied single cone with a new patina finish, "Chipped Ivory" which looks like it's been around the block a few times...All the great features of the NRP, or Duolian Reproduction, including steel body, flat f-holes, Antique Brass sieve coverplate and tailpiece, formed back. Neck has an nice feel, all Mahogany, starting with a soft V where it meets the nut and quickly goes to a comfy C profile. Buckets of splang and bonk in these, always! (pictured here, the 12 fretter is on the RIGHT, on the picture of both)

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~ NRP Chipped Ivory 14 Fret Single Cone $2615 On Order due Dec. The 14 fret version with ribbed sieve-style Antique Brass coverplate and tailpiece, rolled f-holes, the slightly shorter body shape. Mahogany neck with slotted headstock and unbound Ebony fingerboard. Very "Chippy," ,and weathered-looking, but it's brand spanking new. All the big chong and pow you would expect and then some. (pictured on LEFT, pointing down, in this picture).

 

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~ NRP Chipped Ivory DELUXE 12 Fret Single Cone $2955 On Order, due Jan. The 12 fret version with ribbed sieve-style Antique Brass coverplate and tailpiece, flat f-holes, the longer 12 fret body shape, plus the wonderful CHARLIE CHRISTIAN LOLLAR pickup installed into the guitar top. Mahogany neck with slotted headstock and unbound Ebony fingerboard. Seriously relic'd and weathered-looking (just like the ones above, except with pickup), but it's brand spanking new. All the huge splang, and a great sound plugged in. ASK ME FOR PICTURES!

~ NRP Chipped Ivory DELUXE 14 Fret Single Cone $2955 AVAILABLE NOW. The 14 fret version with ribbed sieve-style Antique Brass coverplate and tailpiece, rolled f-holes, the slightly shorter body shape, and the great CHARLIE CHRISTIAN LOLLAR pickup intalled. Mahogany neck with slotted headstock and unbound Ebony fingerboard. Very relic-y and weathered-looking (see the guitars above), but it's brand new. The big old chong and wollop might knock your socks off. ASK FOR PICS!


Reso Lectric RevolverReso Lectric Revolver
~ Reso Lectric Revolver $2700 On Order, due Dec. 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 AVAILABLE NOW! 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
14 Fret

Black Rust
Deluxe 12 Fret~ Black Rust Deluxe 12 Fret & 14 Fret Single Cones $2785 BOTH  AVAILABLE NOW!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
AVAILABLE NOW! (Pictured ABOVE)
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Black Rust Deluxe 14 Fret AVAILABLE NOW!
(Pictured LEFT)
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TRICONE NATIONALS:

Style 1
Tricone
Style 1 ~ Style 1 Tricone $3805 READY TO SHIP NOW! 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! (Pictured to the LEFT, also on the RIGHT.)

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Antique
Brass Tricone
~ Style 1 Antique Brass Tricone $4060 
Ready to Ship Now!
Antique Brass finish on a brass bodied tricone, a process now done in-house at National. Mahogany neck, slotted headstock, Ivoroid bound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. National Shield on headstock. Fantastic and unique patina look with the bell-like, sustain rich tone of the Style 1 tricone! (Pictured LEFT).
 




Style 1
Cutaway
~ Style 1 Cutaway Tricone $3975 Ready to Ship Now! 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, ultimate tricone, huge sustain! (Pictured RIGHT).
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Style 1
Tricone

~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Tricone $3980
On order, due Dec.


Beautiful German Silver 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! (Pictured LEFT). I am playing this guitar in the video below, enjoy!

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National
Exploding
Palm

Style 1
Exploding Palm












~ Style 1 Tricone with EXPLODING PALM Etching $3680 On Order, due Dec.
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.)
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~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone with Rubbed Nickel Finish $4655 Ready to Ship Now.  Super ultimate German Silver Style 1 Cutaway Tricone, this one has a rubbed nickel finish. So, it is mirror shiny, but with a slightly diffused, textured look, but very smooth to the touch. These are rare and wonderful guitars, and the rubbed finish makes it unique. It looks exactly like the guitar pictured below, except for the rubbed finish.

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Style 1
Cutaway
~ Style 1 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone $4655 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 1.5
Cutaway



Style
1.5Style 1.5
Wiggle Border
Detail
THE STYLE 1.5 TRICONES MAY BE COMPLETE SOMETIME IN LATER 2017. PLEASE ASK ME!

~ Style 1.5 Tricone $4485 On Order, please enquire.
Brass bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border (Pictured ABOVE.)

~ Style 1.5 Cutaway Tricone $4910 On Order, please enquire.
Brass bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border and cutaway (Pictured LEFT.)

~ Style 1.5 GERMAN SILVER Tricone $4910 On Order, please enquire.
German Silver bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border. (Pictured ABOVE.)

~ Style 1.5 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone $5335 On Order, please enquire.
German Silver bodied, mirror-nickel plated tricone with engraved wiggle border and cutaway. (Pictured LEFT.)



Style 3 German Silver Cutaway















~ Style 3 GERMAN SILVER Cutaway Tricone $8900 
READY TO SHIP RIGHT NOW!The Style 3 is one of the ultimate engraving patterns, and my favorite: Lilies-of-the-Valley. This is hand-engraved, the old-world way, by one of the very few remaining craftsmen in the world still doing this. The guitar is also an ultimate: the German Silver Cutaway Tricone gives you access to the nether regions and posesses every bit of the "flows like a river" sustain and harmonic richness that the tricone is known for. This has a Deluxe neck of Mahogany, with Ivoroid Overlay on a slotted headstock. Fingerboard is Ebony with Ivoroid biding and diamond-shaped inlays. Very rare and sought-after, only a few of these have ever been made. (Pictured Above LEFT.)

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Custom M1
with Spruce
Top, Walnut
Back and
SidesSide shot
of the Custom
M1 Tricone~ Super Custom M1 Tricone of Spruce,Walnut, with Cool Inlays & Binding $4145  Ready to Ship Now! This is a stunningly beautiful, one-off custom tricone made by the ever-creative team at National. It features an Adirondack Spruce top with Herringbone binding, and Walnut back and sides with a Figured Maple binding on the top and back sides of the guitar, all to a stunning effect. There is a figured Walnut solid neck that features the figure on the slotted headstock as well as the back. The guitar is finished in a High-Gloss finish, similar to the Scheerhorns that National makes. The coverplate is bright nickel plated. The fingerboard features Figured Maple binding, plus a very special double flower-Inlays of
the Custom M1and-stem motif done around the seventh fret, magic! This guitar sounds even more amazing than it looks. This is a great price, I think, for such a rare and high-quality instrument. I absolutely love it! (Pictured LEFT and RIGHT, ASK ME for more pics.)
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M1 TriconeM1
Tricone Cutaway
~ M1 Tricone w/ 4" Deep Body $3125 Order now, due March. These guitars sound HUGE. The 4" deep body gives it a bit extra, as well! All the power and depth and sustain of a tricone, with super, giant bass presence and sparkling highs make it a very versatile guitar. Mahogany back, sides, neck and well, with ivoroid-bound Ebony fingerboard, dot inlays, slotted headstock. Stunning in every way. (Pictured RIGHT.)
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~ M1 Tricone $2955
On Order, due Dec. 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 Dec. 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 above LEFT.)

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M1 Baritone
with Arrowhead
InlayNeck detail
of custom M1
Baritone
~ M1 BARITONE Tricone (2014) $2600 USED, NEARLY-NEW CONSIGNMENT IN STOCK NOW. This is a super guitar: all-Mahogany bodied BARITONE scale guitar (27"scale length). Set up with Baritone strings of .068-.016, made for deep tunings: Vestopol-type tuning, for instance (usually Open D), is Open B or Bb or even A. Special custom Ebony fingerboard with cool, unique inlays of an arrowhead at the 12th fret and diamond-shaped inlays on the rest of the fingerboard, with ivoroid binding, slotted headstock with National Sheild decal. This one is in excellent like-new condition, very well cared for, from the original owner. It looks brand new, and sounds HUGE and full-ranged in the sound spectrum, wonderful. Strap button installed as well. (I have a few MORE PICTURES, I WILL EMAIL THEM RIGHT AWAY IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!).















NRP Steel
Tricone

~ NRP Steel Tricone $2955
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.)


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NRP Steel
Tricone
Cutaway

~ NRP Steel Tricone Cutaway $3380 
AVAILABLE NOW! 
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.)
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Below, John Maxwell plays "Bella's Romp" on this very guitar. Thanks John!






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. 






NRP Black
Rust Tricone
~ NRP Black Rust Tricone $2955
Order, due in 4 months.
Beautiful Black Rust finish on steel bodied tricone. Mahogany neck with slotted peaked headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it. Unbound Ebony fingerboard. Great sweet deep tone with endless sustain, a real alive guitar with loads of bonk, splang and river-flow sustain.
 

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NRP
Tricone Green
Burst~ NRP Tricone with Green Burst $2955
Ready to Ship Now!
Green burst painted finish on a steel bodied tricone, one of the classic original finishes that debuted on the NRP series. The steel tricones sound deeper and darker than their brass counterparts, with a bit more splang and bonk, but with the same forever sustain and harmonically rich tone the tricone is known for. Mahogany neck, slotted headstock with NATIONAL stamped on it, unbound Ebony fingerboard with dot inlays. (Pictured LEFT).



Triolian
Polychfrome
Tricone Back
~ Triolian Polychrome Tricone $3465
Ready to Ship Now!
Yellow-gold painted finish with red-orange random highlights on a steel bodied tricone, a finish that in the early days came in many color variations (some quite strange), and always on on single cone Triolian Polychromes back in the early 1930's. Not only does this tricone have the great steel body but it is complimented by a Maple neck, also finished in the yellow-gold color. Maple gives it a bit bolder sound, making this a super powerful and extra deep sounding tricone. The peaked headstock is slotted and it sports a Triolian Shield decal. The fingerboard is made of an Ivoroid bound Ebony with dot inlays. I love the palm trees with sunset design on the back, it's a knockout, and very true-to-vintage! (Pictured LEFT, please do ask me for more pictures.)


 Triolian
Tricone
~ Triolian Tricone $2955
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. Giant tricone sound made slightly bolder because of the Maple neck. Wonderful guitar. (Pictured, LEFT.)




NRP Steel
Tricone
~ Triolian Steel Tricone $3125 Ready to Ship Now! Fantastic tricone has a steel body, formed back, rubbed nickel (aka "Steel") finish, the body is identical to the NRP Steel Tricone, but with the Triolian's Ivoroid bound Rosewood fingerboard on a Maple burst neck, and slotted headstock with Triolian Shield Decal. Great tone, more bonk and splang than brass, giant sound, and the no-maintenance rubbed nickel "Steel" finish. The Triolian Maple neck give it a slightly bolder tone than the NRP. (The NRP Tricone is pictured LEFT, please ASK for pictures.)


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

Radio Tone Bendaway
$2785
READY TO SHIP NOW!
The Radio Tone Bendaway, pictured to the left, 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!













RM1
Walnut with
Antique Brass
PartsRM1NATIONAL MANDOLIN:

~ RM1 Walnut Mandolin with Antique Brass parts $2815 On Order, due Dec. 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. Available for $400 more.)


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NATIONAL UKULELES:


Triolian UkeTriolian Uke
~ Triolian Ukulele $1935
Available Now.
Ukulele version of the W-Series Triolian, it features a steel body, sieve coverplate, one 6" cone. Maple concert scale neck, unbound Rosewood fingerboard. Peghead headstock with Grover plantary tuners. Super cool uke sound with a beautiful twang to it.





Style O UkeStyle O Uke at NAMM 2014
~ Style O Ukulele $2530 On Order, due Dec! Great diminutive Style O, replete with palm tree etching front and back, on a mirror nickel brass body uke. Classic iconic uke, an art deco masterpiece!

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Koa Uke and Clock
~ KOA Ukulele w/ Rope Binding $2785 Order this, custom build! The Koa Uke is at it's classic best with the full rope binding, lassooed around the top, back, and fingerboard. It's a jaw-dropping, warm-sounding wonderful must-have uke for the ages! I've sold a couple of these and always wished I could keep them all for myself. The last one had an Antique Brass coverplate, wow these are something else. (Pictured LEFT.)

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~ National Clock $450
Ships directly from the manufacturer.
This is the glowing, super high quality National Clock, make it always be "National Time"at your house! It's big, 20"across. (Pictured LEFT.)




















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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!
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.
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.)
RM1-V Mandolin Newest version of the groundbreaking National Mandolin has all steel parts and unbound fretboard. (Pictured with Revolver ResoLectric below)
"The Revolver" Resolectric This classic Resolectric has translucent black finish with mother-of-pearl accoutrements. (Pictured with RM1-V Mandolin below)

"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.
"Vintage" Dueco 14 Fret The 14 fret version, with unribbed coverplate,Vintage finish.
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."
Triolian Hollowneck Tricone With the gold-to-brown burst finish and steel body of a Triolian W-Series guitar!
NRP Steel Hollowneck Tricone  The great hollow squareneck tricone with the new rubbed nickel "Steel" finish.
Style 1 Hollowneck Tricone 
Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish.
German Silver Style 1 Hollowneck Tricone The Ultimate: hollow squareneck tricone, German Silver body, mirror nickel finish.
Style 1.5 Hollowneck Tricone  Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, wiggle border engraving.
Style 2 Hollowneck Tricone Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, rose pattern engraving.
Style 3 Hollowneck Tricone Hollow squareneck tricone, brass body, mirror nickel finish, lily-of-the-valley engraving.
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 FinishThe 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.

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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 21,000 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, and opened "Don's String Shop" in the small seaside town of Los Ojos, California. Sadly, Don passed away in April of 2016.

The business now belongs 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. 14 fret wood guitars are the M14 and Estralita Deluxe 14 Fret.

ResoLectric The 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 personal 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.

In 2017, the new RM-1 Pioneer steel bodied two-pickup single cone electric guitars as well as the M14T Thunderbox models were introduced. The Thunderboxes are Mahogany bodied, and feature a 4" deep body, in Demin Blue, and Revolver Black finishes.
 
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 single cone models can have Highlander Pickups installed at the factory. These pickups really are the very best, specifically designed especially for Nationals. The Highlander Magnophonic, for tricones only, has been discontinued, sorry.

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.

The Charlie Christian Lollar can be installed into the guitar top, it's a wonderful magnetic pickup, currently installed on the BLACK RUST DELUXE models.

Note: Pickup and strap button installation is available on all instruments, done at the National Factory. If you buy an already completed instrument and want pickup and/or strap button installed, extra charges are incurred (a labor rate charged by the hour), because the instrument requires being taken out of it's case, taken apart, work done, then being reconstructed and reinspected. Please ask! It is a much better deal to have pickup and strap button installations BEFORE the instrument is completed. National does a wonderful job; it's best done at the Factory!

Please, note that my prices listed are the cash price (which includes checks, cashier's checks, and money orders). See the "How to Order" page for more details.

 Thanks for tuning in!

 yours truly, Catfish Keith



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