National Duolian Resophonic Guitar (1933)
National Duolian Model Resophonic Guitar (1933), made in Los Angeles, grey/green crinkle enamel finish, steel body, mahogany neck, brown hard shell case. Item # 3849
A "C" series Duolian from the deepest years of the Great Depression, newly set up and ready to play. This guitar body has a crystalline silver/green body finish and the second type "rolled edge" f-holes. The natural-finish 12-fret mahogany neck has an ebonized fingerboard. The "National Duolian" logo is stamped on the face of the headstock with the serial number on the top edge.
These were the least expensive resonator National; offered at $32.50 with a thin-gauge steel body and minimal appointments, they may well have enabled the company to survive the hard times of the early 1930's. Despite the guitar's birth as an economy model (or perhaps because of it!), Duolians are considered one of the classic blues guitars of all time, and remain unsurpassed for an "authentic" slide and fingerpicked tone. This is a fine-playing example, truly "blues approved"!
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 cm.), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).
Somewhat well-worn, but no major damage or repair. Neck finish mostly worn off, tuners are 1960's replacements but close to original style. Body finish has some areas of play wear but is mostly intact. Cone is original with new saddle; recent fretwork makes this a good player. Very Good + Condition.
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