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National Reso-Phonic Resophonic Guitar (1957)
National Reso-Phonic Model Resophonic Guitar (1957), made in Chicago, serial # X-74317, grey pearloid finish, hardwood body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black alligator grain chipboard case.
One of the National company's oddest fretted experiments (and that's saying something!) the 1950's Reso-Phonic model is essentially a solidbody resonator guitar, which functions solely as an acoustic instrument despite looking like it really ought to be electrified! The 1930's style resonator cone is set into a small solid wood body covered in grey/green pearloid, with a second coverplate on the back to allow some sound to escape.
There is a plastic pickguard covering the upper half of the body decorated with pinstripes, a script "RESO-PHONIC" and a metal plate National shield logo. The bolt-on neck is a very short scale, similar to the one used on the company's budget Supro student guitars and has a stenciled National logo on the headstock. The instrument is not as loud as the company's pre-war resonator guitars but has a very distinctive tone, perhaps best described as somewhat like an original 1930's National already recorded onto a 78 RPM record! Odd, endearing and one of our dark-horse favorite eccentricities-a great trashy blues machine if there ever was one.
Overall length is 34 in. (86.4 cm.), 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 in. (559 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). A nicely original guitar, unaltered and-as these go-quite a decent player. There is corrosion on some of the metal areas, most notably on the back coverplate. The pearloid on the body is actually pretty solid with only a few dinks in it, and the neck finish and frets are very clean. The pickguard and headstock stenciling are also unusually intact with none of the usual rubbed-away spots. Overall this is the nicest of these we have had, with a somewhat tatty period chipboard case that is too long for the guitar but appears to have been with it for a long time. Excellent - Condition.
Item # 7989
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