This Model II Deluxe Square Neck is a new Smith and Young model recently introduced at the NAMM Show in Anaheim. This model is their first solid wood square neck and is sure to become both a shop and musician favorite.
For many years, National ResoPhonic has been in research and development of the original Dobro's, as those models were part of the fabric and historic beginning of the original National company founded in 1927. This is the instrument that spawned an entire industry, a sound, and inspired a tone like nothing else. The Dobro company was founded in 1929 by brothers John Dopyera, Rudy Dopyera, Ed Dopyera, and Vic Smith. The name "Dobro" represents an early acronym for the Dopyera Brothers, thus: Dobro.
Dobro was never intended to mean a specific instrument, like a banjo, or mandolin, however, over the years, the name Dobro became synonymous with any squareneck spider-bridge resonator guitar, held in the lap, and played with a bar in open tunings, rather than fretting the strings on a fretted fingerboard.
Over the years the company changed ownership many times, and was shuttered from 1942 to 1954, bought by Semi Mosely, then lost, and finally bought by Gibson. Fast forward to today's modern era National ResoPhonic instruments, located in San Luis Obispo, where founder Don Young started his company in 1989. Having worked for the Dopyera brothers several times during his career, Don is uniquely qualified to recreate these iconic guitars.
These instruments incorporate a host of new innovations from our friends at Smith and Young, which make these wholly different from their roundneck cousins. The string break angle at the bridge has been increased to have a steeper incline, which increases downward pressure on the spider cone, transferring more energy to the cone. The result?... Enhanced volume sought after by steel players [read as "LOUD"]!! The same design has been utilized at the nut, which once again makes the string break angle more severe thereby increasing volume and sustain. Make no mistake, these instruments have an enormous volume in reserve, yet still maintain a sweet singing tone!
Another thoughtful design incorporation from our friends at National is the inclusion of one of the finest pickups on the market for Dobro type instruments - The Fishman Nashville Series Spider Pickup. This was designed in conjunction with the legendary Jerry Douglas who does use this in his instruments, a far cry from many "endorsers" who say they use a design in print, however something very different in concert. This is quite simply, one of the most accurate methods of reproducing the sound of your instrument. The Spider Style Resophonic Pickup features a split saddle piezo-ceramic pickup designed specifically for spider-style bridges and includes a 1/4’ external jack for easy mounting. The jack is located in the normal "electric" guitar position - most akin to a Les Paul input jack, to be out of your way while performing. It provides consistent, accurate sound reproduction for every performance. Who are some other users? Randy Kohrs, Larry Campbell, the Infamous Stringdusters, and the Zac Brown band to name a few!
The Smith and Young Model II Deluxe Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup is a gorgeous instrument featuring a Spruce Top combined with Mahogany back and sides. Classic appointments include grained ivoroid body and fretboard binding, gorgeous 3 on a plate Brass tuners with Ivory buttons, MOP dot fretboard inlays, chrome plated sound holes and resonator cover, and slotted peghead with Ebony overlay and Deluxe style Smith and Young logo.