National Style 0 Resophonic Guitar (1931)
National Style 0 Model Resophonic Guitar (1931), made in Los Angeles, California, serial # S2695, nickel plated finish, brass body, maple neck with ebony fingerboard, black hard shell case. Item # 6983
This is an interesting -and fairly early- National Style 0 single-cone resonator guitar from 1931 with one unusual feature: the 'hooked" coverplate used only for a short time in that year. The other features are standard for the Style 0- a brass body with a 12-fret neck joint, flat-cut F holes and typical sandblasted Hawaiian scenes on the front and back. The maple neck has a bound fingerboard, now made of genuine ebony in place of the original "ebonized" maple. The experimental coverplate as seen on this guitar was a depression-era labor-saving attempt by National…it mounts with small recessed hooks around the edge and a single locking screw at the top edge instead of multiple screws around the rim. While it apparently was not considered a success and was not used for very long, this example fits perfectly with no extra rattles or buzzes, and certainly makes accessing the cone a much easier proposition! Overall a fine playing and sounding original Style 0 with a great period vibe.
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 7/8 in. (48 mm.). This Style 0 has just emerged from a fresh neckset making for an excellent player with a great sound. All work is very cleanly done; the ebony fingerboard & binding, frets and saddle are new (the original dyed maple fingerboards often crumble when frets are replaced) but all else is original including the cone, biscuit, tailpiece and early style Waverly tuners. There is typical wear to the neck finish including a large area on the center of back but it has all been polished out (possibly with some added clearcoat) and feels quite smooth to the touch. The headstock decal is an excellent reproduction. The body plating is in good shape overall, with some minor scratches and scuffing and a number of small spotty areas just around the fingerboard where the brass is showing through. There are some small edge dents and a spot at the top of the bass-side F-hole (in the round end portion) where the metal is bent up a bit, for reasons lost to history. All in all this is a fine gigging example of this classic National, in a better state of preservation than many and a better playing guitar than most! Overall Excellent - Condition.
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