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National Dueco Gold 12 Fret Resophonic Guitar

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The National Dueco Gold 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.

The National Resophonic Guitar company has re-discovered the technique and offers the ‘Dueco’ finish in silver and gold. Though it’s not always a regular production item – because of the complexitiy of the finishing process –  National sends us some every once in a while.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. The gold Dueco effect is distinctive and very attractive. A National hard shell case is included.

Here’s what National has to say about the Vintage Dueco model:

“The original 1930s Duolians were National’s budget guitars, and as such, were often the model of choice for bluesmen and -women wanting to be heard above the sound and fury of a juke joint. Like the musicians, the guitars led hard lives, and most of the surviving instruments require a repair regimen, if not complete resurrection.

The Dueco is the remedy. And it comes with something those old guitars don’t include — rock-solid reliability. The Dueco is available in both the early 12-fret, large-body or later 14-fret, small-body version. That steel body houses National’s 9.5-inch handspun resonator — a new resonator that’s so sweet sounding many players insist on swapping them into their vintage guitars.

Best yet, the new Dueco boasts a truss-rod-supported neck that won’t bow like a piece of archery equipment. You can choose the Dueco in either the traditional gray-green crystalline frosted or the rare golden finish. And playing the Dueco is like playing the best vintage Duolian — except there are no rough edges, no roadblocks, no excuses needed.

It’s like stepping back in time and finding a brand-new National, and instead of compensating for 80-year-old foibles, you can focus on making music.”

Price: $4849 CAD
  • Model: Dueco Gold
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Dueco Gold
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: 21477, built during 2016 at National Guitars in San Luis Opisbo, California
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 29/11/2016

  • Not Consignment

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.5lbs 3.4kg
  • Scale Length: 635mm 25in
  • Nut Width: 47.6mm 1.82in
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