National String Instrument Corporation
1.1 First years 1.2 Dobro 1.3 National Reso-Phonic Guitars
History First years
1928 National Style O plectrum guitar.
1930 National Triolian resonator mandolin.
The company was formed by John Dopyera, the luthier who invented the
resonator, and George Beauchamp, a steel guitar player who had
suggested to Dopyera the need for a guitar loud enough to play a
melody over brass and other wind instruments.
In 1927, National produced the first resonator instruments and sold
under their National brand. They had metal bodies and a tricone
resonator system, with three aluminium cones joined by a T-shaped
aluminium spider. Wooden-bodied models soon followed, based on
inexpensive plywood student guitar bodies supplied by Kay, Harmony,
and other established instrument manufacturers.
Main article: Dobro
In 1928, Dopyera left National, and with four of his brothers formed
The tricone design with three resonator cones The biscuit design with a single cone
Terms such as National or National pattern are often used to
distinguish these patterns from the
Some of the artists that used National guitars were:
Bumble Bee Slim
Reverend Gary Davis
Blind Boy Fuller
Resonator guitar, particularly the history section.
"The Earliest Days of the Electric Guitar" at
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