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National NRP Raw Brass Resophonic Guitar

National NRP Raw Brass Resophonic Guitar

New for 2020, the National NRP 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 NRP Raw Brass Resophonic guitar is built like other NRP 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.

New
Price: $3,149.00 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.

New
Price: $3,789.00 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Royal Aire by National Solidbody Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1951

❌SOLD❌  Royal Aire by National Solidbody Electric Guitar Sunburst, 1951

Here is a rarity – a Royal Aire by National solid body electric guitar, dating to 1951 and one of the earliest production electrics for National and its parent Valco.  Clearly a National model given its construction and components,  Royal Aire branded instruments are few and far between.  Around 1947, Valco contracted with Gibson to produce some Royal Aire flat top acoustics, based on the LG-3.  Here,  Valco / National used a National neck with its shield logo plate engraved to read Royal Aire. 

Vintage
Price: $1,299.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ National Style 1 Tricone Resophonic Guitar, 1929

❌SOLD❌  National Style 1 Tricone Resophonic Guitar,  1929

This National Style 1 Tricone has a 12-fret ‘Spanish’ or round neck and dates to 1929, and was built at the National shop in Los Angeles. All of these guitars had 12-fret necks until 1934, at which point the influence of banjo players migrating to guitar prompted an industry shift to 14-fret necks. This guitar is in good condition and is fully playable – it has just been serviced at The Twelfth Fret Repair Shop, with a neck reset, fret dress, setup, brace repair and new cones.

Vintage
Price: $8,500.00 CAD

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❌SOLD❌National Model 1008 Console 8 String Steel White, 1961

❌SOLD❌National Model 1008 Console 8 String Steel White, 1961

From the early 1930s until the rise of Rock ‘n Roll, steel guitars like this National Model 1008 Console 8 were very popular, and for novice players, often their first instrument. In fact, the very first production electric guitars were Electric Hawaiian steel models, and the first of those was almost certainly the 1932 Ro-Pat-In Steel. Ro-Pat-In quickly improved their name to ‘Rickenbacher’ and soon also introduced the very rare 1935 ‘Ken Roberts’ guitar, arguably the first production Electric Spanish style guitar. Rickenbacker at this time was also building metal parts for both National and DoBro.

Vintage
Price: $650.00 CAD

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National NRP Raw Steel 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

National NRP Raw Steel 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

The National NRP Raw Steel 12 is built like other NRP 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. 

New
Price: $2,889.00 CAD
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