National Duolian Resophonic Guitar (1937)

National  Duolian Resophonic Guitar  (1937)

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National Duolian Model Resophonic Guitar (1937), made in Chicago, steel body, basswood neck, rosewood fingerboard.

A very nice all original 14-fret Duolian, with a particularly powerful sound. Apparently it was not considered ironic at National to make metal-bodied guitars with a faux wood finish! By this point National had merged with Dobro and were located in Chicago, having forsaken sunny Los Angeles to be closer to the heart of the music industry.

These later midwest-made Duolians have a shorter body with rolled in f-holes, big chunky neck with a solid headstock, and a rosewood fingerboard, a big improvement over the older "ebonized" boards of the early 1930's. This one is an excellent player for both slide and standard styles and is one of the best sounding we have ever heard.
 
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 14 in. (35.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/4 in. (8.2 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.).

100% original including cone, tuners (very early Kluson), and pickguard. Some average finish wear but overall well-preserved; no repairs and set up perfectly. Excellent Condition.