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National Dueco Silver 12 Fret Triolian Resophonic Guitar

National Dueco Silver 12 Fret Triolian Resophonic Guitar

The National Dueco Silver 12 Fret Triolian Resophonic Guitar model is a re-creation of an almost lost art. The frosted finish effect found on some pre-WWII National guitars was the result of an additive to Duco finish, creating a random crystalline pattern. The effect was uncontrollable and no two finishes are the same.

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Price: $4,139.00 CAD
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National Thunderbox M-14T Revolver Resophonic Guitar

National Thunderbox M-14T Revolver Resophonic Guitar

The National M-14T Thunderbox is the latest version of National’s standard M-14. The newly improved M-14T features a 4″ deep body, improving the low end response and creating a louder, punchier instrument. The National M-14T Thunderbox body is composed of laminate top and back, and solid mahogany sides. This instrument also features a mahogany neck, ebony fretboard and mother-of-pearl position markers.

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Price: $3,999.00 CAD
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National M1 Tricone Wood Body Resophonic Guitar

National M1 Tricone Wood Body Resophonic Guitar

The wood body National M-1 Tricone, like its close relative the M-1 Cutaway, blends the unmistakable sound of a tricone with the warmth of wood, and has a lighter weight as a bonus. Outfitted with National’s new-alloy cones and aluminum T-bridge, the National M-1 uses a mahogany laminate for the body, with solid mahogany for the neck and ebony for the bound fingerboard. The cover-plate is steel, and is hand-painted to match the colour tone of the top woods.

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Price: $4,459.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Scheerhorn Rob Ickes Model Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

⚌Reduced‼ Scheerhorn Rob Ickes Model Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

The Scheerhorn Rob Ickes model features all the unique Scheerhorn advancements, including the modifided soundwell and reflector baffle, that make this guitar design work so well.

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Price: $4,343.00 CAD $5,189.00 CAD
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National Style O Steel 14 Fret Weathered Steel

National Style O Steel 14 Fret Weathered Steel

Drawing from the roots of the single-cone resophonic guitar, the National Style O Steel 14 Fret definitely has a vintage appearance with all the quality of modern Nationals. Sporting a unique ‘Weathered Steel’ finish over a steel body with rolled F-holes and a Maple neck with Ebony fingerboard, the Style O Steel 14 Fret delivers all the tone, volume and projection that National is known for.

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Price: $4,350.00 CAD
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National M2 Single Cone Resophonic Guitar Sunburst, 2007

National M2 Single Cone Resophonic Guitar Sunburst, 2007

This National M2 single cone resophonic guitar was built during 2007 in San Luis Opisbo, California. The M1 and M2 models are currently out of production, and were built from 1990 to 1994 and again from 2003 to at least 2012. The National M2 was National ResoPhonic’s earliest single-cone model. The M1, produced around the same time, was the same general construction but was a Tri-Cone model.

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Price: $2,750.00 CAD
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Messer Blues 14 Blueburst 2019

Messer Blues 14 Blueburst 2019

Here is a used Messer Blues 14 Blueburst in great condition, dating to 2019 and in nearly new condition with the original rigid padded lightweight case! Michael Messer is a well known English guitarist, who has over the years focused on steel and slide guitars. His line of resophonic guitars draws from his decades of experience playing these instruments, and aims towards an affordable but high quality guitar. 

Used
Price: $729.00 CAD
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Messer Blues 12 Blueburst 2019

Messer Blues 12 Blueburst 2019

Here is a used Messer Blues 12 Blueburst in great condition, dating to 2019 and in nearly new condition with the original rigid padded lightweight case! This Messer Blues 12 Blueburst example is in great, nearly new condition with the original ultralite case.  Michael Messer is a well known English guitarist, who has over the years focused on steel and slide guitars.

Used
Price: $689.00 CAD
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National ResoPhonic El Trovador Single Cone Guitar

National ResoPhonic El Trovador Single Cone Guitar

Designed in collaboration with Mike Dowling, the National ResoPhonic El Trovador is patterned after the famous National guitars produced from 1932-1933. Similar to its venerable predecessor, the new National ResoPhonic El Trovador guitar features a large, 14.5 inch wide, 4 inch deep body built of mahogany. The body is bound in multi-layer celluloid, with a matching purfling border around the coverplate.

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Price: $4,389.00 CAD
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New Michael Messer Blues 12 Guitars

New Michael Messer Blues 12 Guitars

We’re excited to share with you, new Michael Messer Blues guitars!  These MM latest guitars have a newer finish, and less blue tones than the previous models.  This model is designed by Michael Messer with a special alloy, biscuit-cone for well balanced, authentic Delta-Blues tone and great sustain and volume. Messers have a big, chunky, pre-war style neck which is fitted with a modern fully adjustable truss rod.

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Price: $1,089.00 CAD
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Michael Messer Blues 14 Resophonic Guitar

Michael Messer Blues 14 Resophonic Guitar

This Michael Messer Blues 14-Fret model is designed by Michael Messer with a special alloy, biscuit-cone for well balanced, authentic Delta-Blues tone and great sustain and volume. Messers have a big, chunky, pre-war style neck which is fitted with a modern fully adjustable truss rod.

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Price: $1,089.00 CAD
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National NRP Steel 14Fret Rubbed Nickel Finish

National NRP Steel 14Fret Rubbed Nickel Finish

The National NRP Steel 14Fret sports a new lightly ‘distressed’ nickel finish and still delivers the warm, rich unmistakable National sound. The National NRP Steel 14Fret is built like other models with steel bodies and single 9.5 inch resonator cone, but is visually distinct with its traditional ‘Sieve’ style cover plate and new finish. This finish can ‘work’ a bit better than the highly polished and reflective surface on the more expensive models, as in not showing smudges as easily.

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Price: $3,889.00 CAD
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National NRP Steel 12Fret Rubbed Nickel Finish

National NRP Steel 12Fret Rubbed Nickel Finish

The National NRP Steel 12Fret sports a new lightly ‘distressed’ nickel finish and still delivers the warm, rich unmistakable National sound. The National NRP Steel 12 is built like other models with steel bodies and single 9.5 inch resonator cone, but is visually distinct with its traditional ‘Sieve’ style cover plate and new finish. This finish can ‘work’ a bit better than the highly polished and reflective surface on the more expensive models, as in not showing smudges as easily.

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Price: $3,889.00 CAD
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National Raw Steel 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

National Raw Steel 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

The National Raw Steel 12 is built like other models with steel bodies and single 9.5 inch resonator cone, but is visually distinct with its retro ‘Chickenfoot’ style cover plate and new finish.   This finish can ‘work’ a bit better than the highly polished and reflective surface on the more expensive models, as in not showing smudges as easily. 

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Price: $2,889.00 CAD
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National Raw Steel 14 Fret Resophonic Guitar

National Raw Steel 14 Fret Resophonic Guitar

Released for 2020, the National Raw Steel 14 Fret sports a new lightly ‘distressed’ finish and still delivers the warm, rich unmistakable National sound.  Also available in a 12-fret model.  The National Raw Steel 14 is built like other models with steel bodies and single 9.5 inch resonator cone, but is visually distinct with its retro ‘Chickenfoot’ style cover plate and new finish.

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Price: $2,889.00 CAD
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National Raw Brass Resophonic Guitar

National Raw Brass Resophonic Guitar

New for 2020, the National Raw Brass 12 Fret sports a new lightly ‘distressed’ finish and still delivers the warm, rich unmistakable National sound. Also available in a 14-fret model and Raw Steel finish.  The National Raw Brass Resophonic guitar is built like other models with steel bodies and single 9.5 inch resonator cone, but is visually distinct with its retro ‘Chickenfoot’ style cover plate and new finish. This finish can ‘work’ a bit better than the highly polished and reflective surface on the more expensive models, meaning that it won’t show smudges as easily.

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Price: $3,149.00 CAD
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National NRP B Tricone Black Rust Resophonic Guitar

National NRP B Tricone Black Rust Resophonic Guitar

The National NRP B Tricone is a special guitar, blending the features of the NRP and the NRP B, which replicates the single-cone, painted body 1930 Duolian.Built in San Luis Obispo California, the National NRP B Tricone has a wonderful, massive, deep and rich tone with lots of projection. These models carry a unique ‘Black Rust’ finish, reminiscent of the vintage ‘Duco’ frosted finish process.

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Price: $4,189.00 CAD
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Michael Messer Resophonic Guitars

Michael Messer Resophonic Guitars

You will find a superb assortment of Michael Messer Resophonic Guitars at The Twelfth Fret. Our selection include Michael Messer’s array of models.

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Price: $1,089.00 CAD
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National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic Guitar

National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic Guitar

The National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic guitar is patterned after the original instrument made in 1927 with a functional Art Deco industrial design. It is made of brass, highly polished and plated with either bright nickel plating or a custom Antique Brass treatment! The round, mahogany neck has an ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard. The headstock has the National logo inlayed in mother-of-pearl and vintage-style tuners! To create the National Style 1.5 Tricone, a touch of elegance is added to the Style 1, with hand-engraved double-cut lines encasing a wiggle stroke around the front, side, and back edges of the nickel-plated brass body!

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Price: $5,989.00 CAD
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⚌Reduced‼ Beltona T105 Tricone Round Neck Guitar Nickel, 1994

⚌Reduced‼ Beltona T105 Tricone Round Neck Guitar Nickel, 1994

The Beltona T105 Tricone was one of the early products of Beltona, founded in the UK by Steve Evans and Bill Johnson in 1990. Respectively a luthier and engineer, Evans and Johnson first sought to build instruments for themselves that were, at the time, not readily available in the UK. In 1998, Beltona moved to New Zealand,

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Price: $2,750.00 CAD
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National NRP Triolian Metal Body Black Rust

National NRP Triolian Metal Body Black Rust

The National NRP Triolian Black Rust is the 12-fret Maple neck version of the Mahogany-neck NRP Black Rust, which in turn is based on the 1930’s National Duolian. Using a standard single cone, metal body with unrolled F-holes, the 12-fret National NRP Triolian differs only from the NRP in the use of Maple for the neck,rather than Mahogany.

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Price: $3,789.00 CAD
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Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 Round Neck Single Cone Sunburst

Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 Round Neck Single Cone Sunburst

The Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 round neck single cone spider guitar, is a new series from Beard, aiming to re-create the aesthetics of the 1920’s when resophonic guitars were invented. The Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 is the entry point for the Deco Phonic line, and like the other models is available in both round and square neck versions. Construction reflects Beard’s consistently high quality, and the materials are selected to be fully CITES compliant.

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Price: $2,549.00 CAD
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National ResoPhonic Revolver Resolectric Guitar

National ResoPhonic Revolver Resolectric Guitar

Built in San Luis Obispo California, the National Revolver Resolectric blends the resophonic and solidbody electric guitar concepts,to great success.Very similar in design to the ResoLectric, the National Revolver uses a solid Mahogany body that’s routed for the resonator and electric pickups, and a bolt-on Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard. The headplate is a faux pearl covering.

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Price: $4,189.00 CAD
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National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report, Part 1

National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report, Part 1

The Hollowneck Report Part 1 features National ResoPhonic guitars played by Burke Carroll in contemporary Bluegrass tuning, with Chris Bennett on rhythm.

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Michael Messer Blues 28 Sunburst, 2020

Michael Messer Blues 28 Sunburst, 2020

The Michael Messer Blues 28 hews closely to the original 1928 specifications and has the classic wood-bodied resonator guitar sound and feel.  This model is built with a 1928-style Mahogany laminate body with F-holes and Mahogany neck, 12 frets to the body, with a spun Aluminum cone and Maple biscuit bridge.  The National String Instrument Corporation invented and introduced the first Resophonic guitars in 1927, using a tri-cone, metal body design worked out by John Dopyera and George Beauchamp.

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Price: $1,089.00 CAD
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Airline Folkstar Electric Resophonic Guitar by Eastwood, Red

Airline Folkstar Electric Resophonic Guitar by Eastwood, Red

The Airline Folkstar, improved and re-issued by the Eastwood guitar company, brings back the 1950s Valco Folkstar resophonic aesthetic, but with a pair of pickups and a reasonable price.  Airline guitars were built by Valco, one of the largest instrument manufacturers in the world, from 1958 to 1868 when the company folded. The original Airline Folkstar used Valco’s Res-O-Glas body construction – fiberglass resin on wood – with a single resonator cone. It was entirely acoustic, and never had pickups

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Price: $1,489.00 CAD
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Michael Messer Blues Resophonic Guitars

Michael Messer Blues Resophonic Guitars

We carry the the Michael Messer Blues Resophonic Guitar in both 14-fret and 12-fret neck versions, the Blues 28 (a wood bodied 12-fret) and the Lightning (a metal bodied, nickel plated 12-fret with lightning frosting). With over thirty years experience of playing, collecting & reviewing resonator guitars, Michael Messer created the most authentic and playable 1930s style resonator guitars at an affordable and realistic price.

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Price: $1,089.00 CAD
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Scheerhorn L-Body Flame Maple Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

Scheerhorn L-Body Flame Maple Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

Here is something new, rare and wonderful – a brand-new Scheerhorn L-Body Flame Maple Squareneck Resophonic Guitar, built under license by National Resophonic Guitars in San Luis Obispo, California. In 1989, Tim Scheerhorn showed Mike Aldridge his first experimental squareneck and by the end of 1990 Scheerhorn guitars were in the hands of many top pro players and Tim already had a long waiting list. The Dobro guitar construction style had stayed static since the 1930s with virtually no design changes.

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Price: $4,249.00 CAD
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National T14 N Tricone Cutaway 14 Fret Bright Nickel

National T14 N Tricone Cutaway 14 Fret Bright Nickel

Here’s something new from National Resophonic – the T14 N, 14 fret cutaway Tricone with Bright Nickel Finish has arrived!

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Price: $5,189.00 CAD
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National Triolian 12 Fret Neck Walnut Burst

National Triolian 12 Fret Neck Walnut Burst

The National Triolian 12 features a steel body with walnut burst finish and a single cone. Also available with a 14 fret neck, these guitars produce a full, rich and lush vintage tone.The National String Instrument Corporation patented and produced the first resonator instruments in 1927, responding to the constant need for more volume. The first instruments used three small cones – the classic Tricone design.

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National Resolectric Solidbody Resophonic Guitar Sunburst

National Resolectric Solidbody Resophonic Guitar Sunburst

Built in San Luis Obispo California, the National ResoLectric blends the resophonic and solidbody electric guitar concepts,to great success.Very similar in design to the ResoLectric Revolver, the National Resolectric uses the familiar pairing of a flame Maple top on a Mahogany body that’s routed for the resonator and electric pickups, and a bolt-on flame Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard. The headplate is a faux pearl covering.   

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Price: $3,889.00 CAD
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National Reso-Phonic M-1 Cutaway Tricone

National Reso-Phonic M-1 Cutaway Tricone

The wood body National Reso-Phonic M-1 Cutaway Tricone blends the sound of a tricone with the warmth of wood, and has a lighter weight as a bonus.Outfitted with National’s new-alloy cones and aluminum T-bridge, the National M-1 Cutaway uses a mahogany laminate for the body, with solid mahogany for the neck and ebony for the bound fingerboard. The cover-plate is steel, and is hand-painted to match the colour tone of the top woods.

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Price: $4,359.00 CAD
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National Reso-Phonic Reso Rocket Steel Guitar

National Reso-Phonic Reso Rocket Steel Guitar

The National Reso Rocket Steel is one of National’s newly designed single cone guitars, incorporating a redesigned cover plate pattern to complement the distinctive Tricone-style grille work. The Bendaway body has the upper bout cut away for easier access to the higher frets.The Reso Rocket Steel is built with a thin, rubbed steel Bendaway body, paired with a neck made of either Maple or Mahogany and a bound Ebony fingerboard, with Mother of Pearl position markers.

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Price: $4,289.00 CAD
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National Reso-Phonic Reso Rocket Wood Body Single Cone Guitar

National Reso-Phonic Reso Rocket Wood Body Single Cone Guitar

The National Reso-Phonic Reso Rocket Wood Body is a newly designed single resonator cutaway guitar incorporating a redesigned coverplate pattern to complement the distinctive Tricone-style grille work. The upper bout of the wood body has been modified with a deep cutaway for easier access to the higher frets.The very first versions of this innovative guitar were named the ‘Wocket’ and ultimately became the Reso Rocket WB.

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Price: $4,049.00 CAD
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National NRP B Series Resophonic Guitars

National NRP B Series Resophonic Guitars

National NRP B Series guitars replicate the classic 1930’s single cone, metal bodied resophonic models, especially the Duolian, and often carry painted finishes on the steel bodies.Steel body National Guitars are the loudest of the National Resophonic family of guitars. Brash, bright and clanky they are the epitome of the classic Delta Blues guitar.

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Price: $3,489.00 CAD
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Beard R Model Custom Maple Squareneck Amber Sunburst, 2018

Beard R Model Custom Maple Squareneck Amber Sunburst, 2018

This is a new Beard R Model squareneck resophonic custom built for us, an Export model in flame maple and with the Jerry Douglas pickup factory installed. The Beard R Model custom is based on the classic resophonic guitars of the 1930’s. It uses an open soundwell design on a tighter-waisted body (compared to the dreadnought-based Beard E model) and the flame maple version features outstanding wood sets. The R Models feature Paul Beard’s triple spun Legend cone and an Original #14 spider.

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Price: $4,589.00 CAD
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National Style O 14 Fret Resophonic Guitar

National Style O 14 Fret Resophonic Guitar

The National Style O 14-fret model dates back to the early days of Resophonic guitars, as banjo players migrated to guitar and wanted access to more fret. The 14-fret to the body Style O was introduced in 1935 by the National Stringed Instrument Corporation. It came with either the Traditional Sieve pattern cover plate or the newly introduced Chicken Foot cover plate. in 1935 this guitar had a slotted headstock with a decal.

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Price: $4,689.00 CAD
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National ResoRocket WB Wood Rocket Single Cone Bendaway Resophonic Guitar

National ResoRocket WB Wood Rocket Single Cone Bendaway Resophonic Guitar

The Mahogany-bodied National ResoRocket WB combines the lovely sonority of a wooden body in a Bendaway single-cone instrument to create a unique National guitar.

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Price: $4,049.00 CAD
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Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 Resophonic Guitar Sunburst

Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 Resophonic Guitar Sunburst

New from Paul Beard Guitars in Hagerstown Maryland, the Beard Deco Phonic Model 27 square neck evokes the Art Deco stylings of the late 1920s when resophonic guitars were introduced. Using a classic single-resonator design, the Model 27 uses Finnish Birch laminates for the body, solid maple for the neck, and Morado (also called Pau Ferro) for the 25 inch scale fingerboard, and ebony / maple bridge inserts. On the Model 27, the top is bound. These wood choices make the guitar completely CITIES compliant.

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Price: $2,389.00 CAD
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National ResoPhonic T-14 Cutaway Tricone, Weathered Steel

National ResoPhonic T-14 Cutaway Tricone, Weathered Steel

We’ve just taken delivery of a brand new, new model National Resophonic T-14 Cutaway Tricone in a new finish – Weathered Steel. The official model number is ‘T-14WS’, and it’s a slim, steel bodied, three cone resophonic guitar with a 14-fret neck. And at under eight pounds, it weighs less than many solid body electrics! The T-14 Cutaway Tricone is full-scale guitar, at 25.66 inches. This requires a bit more tension on the strings and the cones, which can result in increased volume.

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Price: $4,289.00 CAD
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National Reso-Phonic Pioneer RP1 Chipped Ivory

National Reso-Phonic Pioneer RP1 Chipped Ivory

We’ve received a brand-new National Reso-Phonic Pioneer RP1 semi-hollow electric in a fabulous Chipped Ivory finish! These are great guitars with unmistakable tone and the solid build quality expected from a National Reso-Phonic guitar. The neck is maple with ebony fingerboard, and the body is semi-hollow finished steel. The Lollar P-90 in the neck position provides a warm, fat tone and the piezo element in the bridge accurately reproduces the resonator tone. Active circuity rounds it out.

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Price: $4,589.00 CAD
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Republic Highway 61 Cutaway Resophonic Guitar

Republic Highway 61 Cutaway Resophonic Guitar

The Republic Highway 61 has a single cone resonator, 12 inch wide body – around the size of a Les Paul, and has a 25 inch scale length with 1 13/16 inch nut width. The body sports lattice soundholes like those on a Tricone model, so there’s lots of space for air to move. These sound good, and the smaller size makes them a lot of fun, and easy to play.

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Price: $1,089.00 CAD
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National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket WB Wooden Body Guitar

National Reso-Phonic ResoRocket WB Wooden Body Guitar

The ResoRocket WB is one of National Reso-Phonic’s newly designed single resonator guitars and features distinctive Tricone-style grill work and a cutaway!

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Price: $3,389.00 CAD
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Gretsch G9230 ‘Bobtail’ Resonator

Gretsch G9230 'Bobtail'  Resonator

The Gretsch Bobtail, the G9230, is part of a recently re-introduced affordable acoustic and resonator guitar line, the Roots Collection. It features all mahogany soundwell-type body and neck with a bound Padauk fingerboard, and a dark cherry sunburst finish.

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Price: $839.99 CAD
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National Pioneer RP1 Metal Body Acoustic-Electric Guitar

National Pioneer RP1 Metal Body Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The National Pioneer RP1 ensures that association will remain. Old-world craftsmanship meets modern design in our first steel, hollow-body electric. The National Reso-Phonic Pioneer RP1 combines an audiophile-quality bridge pickup with a vintage-style Lollar P-90 neck pickup. An on-board active circuit allows for a wide range of tones.  A slim neck profile and narrow string spacing complete this hybrid instrument. With the quality artistry expected in a National, the Pioneer is a unique update to the traditional steel-bodied guitar. 

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Price: $4,149.00 CAD
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DISCONTINUED! National Dueco Gold 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

DISCONTINUED!   National Dueco Gold 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

Here is a brand new National Dueco Gold in the 12-fret configuration. Like all Nationals, it is extremely well built and the tone and finish are fantastic.

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Price: $4,849.00 CAD
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National M-14T ThunderBox Denim

National M-14T ThunderBox Denim

The National M-14T Thunderbox is the latest version of National’s standard M-14 and features a 4″ deep body, delivering more low end and applied volume.

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Price: $3,889.00 CAD
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Paul Beard Tut Taylor Model 27 Squareneck

Paul Beard Tut Taylor Model 27 Squareneck

The Paul Beard Tut Taylor™ Model 27 is a faithful hand-crafted reproduction of the pre-war, classic era of pre-war resophonic squareneck guitars.

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Price: $3,299.00 CAD
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National Reso-Phonic RadioTone Bendaway

National Reso-Phonic RadioTone Bendaway

The National Reso-Phonic  RadioTone Bendaway was one of the early models offered by National Reso-Phonic guitar and is one of the hidden gems in the National Reso-Phonic lineup.    The Radio-Tone Bendaway doesn’t appear on the National Guitars website but is available through dealers.

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Price: $2,889.00 CAD
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Just In! New Scheerhorn Reso Phonic Guitars

Just In!  New Scheerhorn Reso Phonic Guitars

Scheerhorn Resophonic guitars, the Rob Ickes Scheerhorn L-Body model and the Maple Scheerhorn L-Body are stellar guitars. They are rare, hard to get and low production models built by National Reso Phonic Guitars in agreement with Scheerhorn.

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Michael Messer Lightning Style 0 Resonator Guitar

Michael Messer Lightning Style 0 Resonator Guitar

The Michael Messer Lightning is a nickel-plated bell brass body, 1930’s style 12-fret single cone resonator guitar, intended to provide the tone and vibe of a vintage blues guitar, and it does this well. You get the vintage look and tone, but with modern playability and reliability at an affordable price. These are great instruments for fingerstyle and bottleneck blues playing. The Michael Messer Lightning has the characteristic attack, projection, resonance and volume of a ‘steel body’ guitar. As expected, it’s bright, but with a warmth and depth that avoid harshness and add a sweetness to the edge. The modern features include an adjustable truss rod.

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Price: $1,189.00 CAD
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National Reso-phonic M-1 TriCone Squareneck

National Reso-phonic M-1 TriCone Squareneck

The mahogany body National Reso-Phonic M-1 Tricone retains the lush complex trebles of the National Style 1 but the wood body changes the character of the bass response: in short, the bass is huge!

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Price: $4,159.00 CAD
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National Style 0 Squareneck Custom Resophonic Guitar

National Style 0 Squareneck Custom Resophonic Guitar

This incredible instrument has just arrived – a brand new National Style 0 resophonic guitar in sqareneck format with a number of custom appointments.

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Price: $4,289.00 CAD
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Beard JD Blackbeard Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

Beard JD Blackbeard Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

Here it is – the Beard JD Blackbeard Jerry Douglas Signature Squareneck Resophonic Guitar! A cosmetically stripped down version of the Beard Jerry Douglas Signature model, the Beard JD Blackbeard features the E model body built with solid mahogany top, back, sides and neck and a very interesting translucent black finish.

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Price: $5,289.00 CAD
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National Resophonic NRP B Deluxe Rust

National Resophonic NRP B Deluxe Rust

Based on the very successful NRP, the National Resophonic NRP B Deluxe Rust features a new Rust finish, and a brand-new pickup from Jason Lollar. This pickup is based on the late 1930’s Gibson Charlie Christian pickup, but in a smaller and more standardized mount.

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Price: $3,989.00 CAD
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National Resophonic Style 1 Cutaway

National Resophonic Style 1 Cutaway

National Resophonic guitars have a really great sound, and it’s always a treat to play one. The National Resophonic Style 1 Cutaway adds good access to the upper frets, and with the 12-fret neck makes this a really nice guitar.

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Price: $5,189.00 CAD
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Beard R Model Flame Maple Squareneck

Beard R Model Flame Maple Squareneck

The Beard R Model Flame Maple Squareneck is a custom order version of the Beard R model, and based on the classic resophonic guitars of the 1930’s.

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Price: $4,590.00 CAD
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Beard E Model Flame Maple Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

Beard E Model Flame Maple Squareneck Resophonic Guitar

The Beard E Model Squareneck is another spectacular instrument from Paul Beard’s shop in Hagerstown, Maryland. This instrument is designed to be played hard and loud and step right up to its place in a hard-driving band, delivering exceptionally brilliant treble and rich, full bass.

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Price: $5,289.00 CAD
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National Resophonic Triolian

National Resophonic Triolian

The National Resophonic company presents the Triolian, featuring a steel body with walnut burst finish and a single cone. The National Resophonic Triolian is available in original style 12 fret or 14 fret necks, these guitars produce a full, rich and lush vintage tone.

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Price: $3,489.00 CAD
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National Smith and Young Squarenecks

National Smith and Young Squarenecks

The Smith and Young line is named after Eric Smith and Don Young,  the owners of National ResoPhonic Guitars.  This line of instruments is intended to reproduce historically correct pre-war era instruments, in the style of the highly desirable late 1930s Dobro guitars with Spider bridges. 

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National ResoLectric Revolver

National ResoLectric Revolver

The National ResoLectric Revolver is a really interesting instrument, and lets you take the resophonic concept into any volume context. It looks great, it’s comfortable to play, and it sounds wonderful. The combination of P-90 and piezo makes it tonally very verstatile.

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Price: $4,189.00 CAD
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Dobro Hound Dog Squareneck Resonator

Dobro Hound Dog Squareneck Resonator

This is an excellent entry-level squareneck. While it may not match other makes in terms of volume or projection, that’s not always an important distinction. It’s a well-made, good-sounding instrument that can easily take you into the wonderful world of squarenecks.

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Price: $489.00 CAD
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National NRP-B Hollowneck – Black Rust!

National NRP-B Hollowneck - Black Rust!

This is the first production Black Rust National NRP-B hollowneck we’ve received, and is the fifth production NRP hollowneck made. National Hollownecks have a spectacular sound – have a listen to the Hollowneck Report featuring Burke Carroll

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National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 2

National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 2

In Part 1 of the Hollowneck Report, we took an overview of our project comparing five squareneck National ResoPhonic guitars as bluegrass instruments. In The Hollowneck Report Part 2 we’ll start into the recordings so you can see and hear what they’re really like.

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National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 3

National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 3

The Hollowneck Report Part 3 features National ResoPhonic guitars played by Burke Carroll in contemporary Bluegrass tuning, with Chris Bennett on rhythm.

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National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 4

National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 4

The Hollowneck Report Part 3 features National ResoPhonic guitars played by Burke Carroll in contemporary Bluegrass tuning, with Chris Bennett on rhythm.

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National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 5

National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 5

The Hollowneck Report Part 5 features National ResoPhonic guitars played by Burke Carroll in contemporary Bluegrass tuning, with Chris Bennett on rhythm.

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National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 6

National ResoPhonic: The Hollowneck Report Part 6

The Hollowneck Report Part 6, our final installment, features National ResoPhonic guitars played by Burke Carroll in contemporary Bluegrass tuning, with Chris Bennett on rhythm.

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National Style 1 Tricone Custom w/ Electronics

In the late 1920s the Style 1 Tricone was the considered ultimate Hawaiian guitar. The three small cones powered by the Aluminum three footed bridge produce a very different quality of tone than the Single Cone Style 0 guitars

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National ResoLectric Jr.

National ResoLectric Jr.

A lot of players were scrambling to find ResoLectric Jr. models when National discontinued this guitar a couple of years ago. Well, they are back now by popular demand and feature the new National Hot Plate with Jason Lollar pickup & coverplate-mounted volume & tone controls.

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National Style 1 German Silver

National Style 1 German Silver

Today we’re featuring the National Style 1, an instrument that is very true to these very first National resophonic guitars, right down to the nickel plated German Silver body, T-bridge on spun 6″ National cones, V-profile mahogany neck and slotted peghead!

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National Triolian Resophonic Guitar

National Triolian Resophonic Guitar

The folks at National Reso-phonic Guitars are constantly experimenting with new models, as well as tweaking their existing models to squeeze out even more tone and response … one of the advantages of being a small production company! Their latest endeavor is the release of their new reproduction of the Triolian.

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National Resophonic Guitars: The 14 Fret National Style 0

The 14-fret to the body Style O was introduced in 1935 by the National Stringed Instrument Corporation. It came with either the Traditional Sieve pattern coverplate or the newly introduced Chicken Foot coverplate. in 1935 this guitar had a slotted headstock with a decal. In 1936 it went to the solid peghead style with a rosewood overlay, inlaid with a pearloid banner logo and was produced until 1938. From 1939 to 1941 it had what was called a paddle headstock with a black phenolic overlay and a metal shield logo. This instrument originally sold for $62.50 and in 1939 the price was increased to $65.00!!!

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National NRP 14 Fret

National NRP 14 Fret

The National NRP brings back memories – I owned one of the few original 1930s National Duolians that I have seen in my 40 odd years in this business that did NOT need a reset and had not history of amateur repairs…and foolishly sold it. The good part is that it went to a pro player who actually regularly gigs with it. I loved this guitar and have always been on the lookout for another. Unfortunately, most 1930s have severely overbowed necks, funky neck sets and played out original low-grade aluminum cones.

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National Resophonic Guitars Baritone El Trovador

National Resophonic Guitars Baritone El Trovador

This is a stock El Trovador resonator guitar, but with an extended 27″ scale length. Strung up with 15-69 gauge strings and set in standard baritone B to B tuning, I couldn’t believe the rich warm boom that came from the guitar with my first strum. The ring and articulation were classic National, but with a deeper drone and even longer sustain than usual (which is saying a lot!).

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