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Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone Nickel Plated Steel

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 Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone Nickel Plated Steel

Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone Nickel Plated Steel

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck!

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!

The Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe, while the Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's!

Instrument recording courtesy of Johnny Bellar. Johnny's website: http://www.johnnybellar.com

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Smith and Young Model II Deluxe Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup

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 Smith and Young Model II Deluxe Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup

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.

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Arriving Soon: Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck

 Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck

Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck

Guitars for a new beginning There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck! 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! The Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's, while the Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe!

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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 1 R Spider Cone Round Neck Nickel Plated Steel Lefty

 Smith and Young Model 1 R Spider Cone Round Neck Nickel Plated Steel Lefty

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone With A Round Neck!

These instruments incorporate a host of new innovations from our friends at Smith and Young, which make these wholly different from their National ResoPhonic cousins. The string break angle at the bridge has been increased to have a steeper incline, which increases downward pressure on the spider bridge, transferring more energy to the cone.  The result?... Enhanced volume sought after by steel players [read as "LOUD"]!!

With their newly designed hot rod cones, these instruments have an enormous volume in reserve, yet still maintain a sweet singing tone!

The Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe, while the Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's!

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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck

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 Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck

Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck

Guitars for a new beginning There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck! 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! The Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's, while the Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe!

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SOLD: Smith and Young Model II Deluxe Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup

Hear This Instrument: Smith and Young Model II Deluxe Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup - Johnny Bellar
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 Smith and Young Model II Deluxe Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup

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 figured Koa Top combined with Indian Rosewood back and sides. Classic appointments include Ebony body and fretboard binding, gorgeous 3 on a plate Brass tuners with Ebony buttons, deluxe MOP diamond fretboard inlays, chrome plated sound holes and resonator cover, and slotted peghead with Ebony overlay and Deluxe style Smith and Young logo.

Instrument recording courtesy of Johnny Bellar. Johnny's website: http://www.johnnybellar.com

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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone Nickel Plated Steel

Hear This Instrument: Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone Nickel Plated Steel - Johnny Bellar
Recorded In-House on a Sony PCM-D50 handheld recorder with no compression or eq.
 Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone Nickel Plated Steel

Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck - Guitars for a new beginning

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck!

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!

The Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe, while the Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's!

Instrument recording courtesy of Johnny Bellar. Johnny's website: http://www.johnnybellar.com

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SOLD: 2010 Tim Scheerhorn L Body Dobro Italian Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood

 2010 Tim Scheerhorn L Body Dobro Italian Spruce and Madagascar Rosewood

Tim Scheerhorn, who was headed for a career as an engineer, before deciding to change courses and become an instrument builder has revolutionized Dobro design and construction. He is, quite simply, building some of the best Dobros that have ever been built.

Tim redesigned the Dobro from the ground up. He uses all solid woods and has always used solid woods, instead of laminates. He took the Dobro to be an acoustic instrument, which it is, and wanted to make the most resonant guitar he could make. He thought that the sound well inside resonator instruments "locked all the resonant qualities of the top and back" inside the guitar. He uses internal baffles to capture the guitar and a specially designed ramped, parabolically curved baffle that starts at the waist and curves toward the neck block. This gave the Dobro far more projection and a much bigger sound. This baffle design also helped eliminate the soundwell chamber.

Another design first was the "L" body or Large body. From the builder, "In it's basic dimensions, it's about a half an inch longer, from tailpiece to the neck, than the standard Dobro, about a half-inch wider in the waist and a quarter-inch deeper." This makes the instrument's tone surprisingly deeper and more available at any level.

What does this all add up to on this fine example of Mr. Scheerhorn's work? A Dobro that is expansively loud. It fills rooms with it's lush sweet tones. Single note runs jump out of the instrument, and chords ring making other guitars envious in it's sustain. The hype is real, this is the real deal.

This special L-Body is constructed using a Italian Spruce top and gorgeous Madagascar Rosewood  back and sides. The Italian Spruce top is responsive with an impressive amount of volume. The striking set of Madagascar chosen for the back and sides boasts a lot of presence with a broad dynamic range. It has a strong bass, lower mids, and incredible sustain.

The tone of this instrument is everything you could ever hope for from a Dobro... and more!  The sound is rich, full, and crystal clear.  Power is unlimited on these instruments and you will probably go deaf if you can play these hard enough to break up the tone.   There is a reason why the best players in the world trust Tim Scheerhorn's work... stop by our shop and find out for yourself!

This used instrument is in excellent condition and shows only light finish scratches on the upper bout.  There is one scratch on the back as seen in the detailed photos below.  Original hardshell case included.

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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup

 Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck with Nashville Series Fishman Pickup

Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Square Neck - with Fishman Nashville Series Spider Bridge Pickup!

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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. Who are some other users? Randy Kohrs, Larry Campbell, the Infamous Stringdusters, and the Zac Brown band to name a few!

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.

The Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's, while the Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe. With the addition of the Fishman pickup you have an instrument that looks the part, and no matter where you play - sounds the part!

 

 

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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 1 R Spider Cone Round Neck Nickel Plated Steel

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 Smith and Young Model 1 R Spider Cone Round Neck Nickel Plated Steel

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone With A Round Neck!

These instruments incorporate a host of new innovations from our friends at Smith and Young, which make these wholly different from their National ResoPhonic cousins. The string break angle at the bridge has been increased to have a steeper incline, which increases downward pressure on the spider bridge, transferring more energy to the cone.  The result?... Enhanced volume sought after by steel players [read as "LOUD"]!!

With their newly designed hot rod cones, these instruments have an enormous volume in reserve, yet still maintain a sweet singing tone!

The Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe, while the Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's!

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SOLD: 1997 Scheerhorn Dobro Standard Body Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

 1997 Scheerhorn Dobro Standard Body Sitka Spruce and Mahogany

Tim Scheerhorn redesigned the Dobro from the ground up. He uses all solid woods and has always used solid woods, instead of laminates. He took the Dobro to be an acoustic instrument, which it is, and wanted to make the most resonant guitar he could make. He thought that the sound well inside resonator instruments "locked all the resonant qualities of the top and back" inside the guitar. He uses internal baffles to capture the guitar and a specially designed ramped, parabolically curved baffle that starts at the waist and curves toward the neck block. This gave the Dobro far more projection and a much bigger sound. This baffle design also helped eliminate the soundwell chamber.

Tim is no longer taking orders for his instruments as his back log grew and grew to years for those lucky few able to order one. You won't be seeing any of these anytime soon.

This particular guitar is Tim's Standard body size with a 14 3/16" lower bout, making it more compact than the larger L-bodies.  The top of this particular Scheerhorn is Sitka, the top has been stained which gives it a very unique pattern that looks astonishing. The body and fingerboard is beautifully bound with Ivoroid bindings, contrasting the dark edges of the finish quite nicely.  Chrome Schaller tuners will ensure that staying in tune is not a problem!

This 1997 Scheerhorn is in excellent condition for it's age, however it does have the usual wear you would associate with an instrument that is 15+ years old. There are some very minor scratches to the top, back, sides, and some oxidation coverplate as well as a few dings. We have done our best to capture these scratches and dings in the photographs below, in some cases, they are so slight as to not be photographed. There is a McIntyre pickup installed along with a mic, this system does require a stereo output cable. Original tweed hardshell case included.

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This instrument has been spoken for. Please call 866-265-5993 or email info@artisanguitars.com to inquire about a similar instrument.

SOLD: Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone

Hear This Instrument: Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck
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 Smith and Young Model 1 Square Neck Spider Cone

Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck - Guitars for a new beginning

There is an art to reproducing guitars from a by-gone era in today's day and age. The folks at National have certainly proven they can not only faithfully recreate historic models, but also update them tastefully with modern day technology & materials that offer improvements.  Today's National ResoPhonic is a constantly evolving company, which is always trying new ideas, reissuing classic models, and pushing the envelope as far as tone is concerned.

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.  We are proud to introduce the newest line of instruments from the Smith and Young  Spider Cone division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck!

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!

The Model I features a light gauge steel body with a vintage nickel "rubbed" finish that only adds to the guitar's traditional mojo and vibe, while the Model II which is maple, is finished in a vintage dark Sunburst that harkens back to the "catalog" guitars from the 40's!

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