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s and other resonator instruments including
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on National guitars website Though the name, branding, and product line resemble the original
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, this company bears no historical connection to the prior company.


The company was formed in 1989 by Don Young and McGregor Gaines in a Southern California garage. They began producing resonator guitars under the name "National Reso-Phonic Guitars". Since 1990, the factory has been located in
San Luis Obispo, California San Luis Obispo (; Spanish Spanish may refer to: * Items from or related to Spain , * gl, Reino de España, * oc, Reiaume d'Espanha, , , image_flag = Bandera de España.svg , image_coat = Escudo de España (mazonado).svg , nati ...
. It currently produces over 600 instruments annually, offering more than 50 different models including Scheerhorn guitars. The company also repairs and restores vintage National instruments. National Reso-Phonic Guitars is currently owned by President/CEO Eric Smith and Vice President Jason Workman.


National Reso-Phonic Guitars model range includes not only the ''tricone'' and ''biscuit'' mechanisms used on the original
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instruments, but also the inverted cone design used on the
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. National also builds and finishes small parts for other North American guitar and ukulele makers.


External links

Official website

at the
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