SOLD - Vintage National Trojan Resonator – USA 1937
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‘National has been in the resonator guitar game since there was a resonator guitar game to be in. In fact, they were the first company ever formed to the purpose of building resonator guitars. After co-founder John Dopyera left the company to form Dobro, and eventually merged the two companies to form the National Dobro Corporation, the company became virtually the only name in the resonator business. In 1989, National Reso-Phonic Guitars popped up to produce recreations of the famous National resonators, as well as mandolins, ukuleles, and other guitars. All this is to say, if you dig a good resonator guitar, vintage or otherwise, you have National to thank for that.’
This 1937 National Trojan is in fantastic shape for an 85-year-old instrument, it shows the natural signs of ageing along with some bumps and bruises, but nothing structural. The finish displays beautiful checking all over the body, and the cream binding is holding well. The nickel-plated steel shows some tarnishing, giving the guitar that beautiful vintage look. The National branded pickguard is a highlight as it contrasts nicely with the dark faux rosewood coloured body.
At some point in this guitars life the original tuners have been replaced with Gotoh tuners. We believe everything else on the National is original.
The National plays very well and the V-shaped neck sits nicely in the hand. The guitar sounds unreal, with all the lovely metallic bluesy tone you would expect from a National resonator. As its name suggests, the guitar resonates with a nice big and distinct sound, and with a slide in hand, your instantly transported to the deep south.
This 1937 Vintage National Trojan is an exquisite instrument that sounds and plays amazingly and is a special slice of history.
Comes in non-original hard-shell case.