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

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 Smith and Young Model 1 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: Smith and Young Spider Cone Model 11 Round Neck

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 Smith and Young Spider Cone Model 11 Round Neck

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 11 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 11 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!

Specifications:

  • Top: Tobacco Sunburst Maple
  • Back and Sides: Tobacco Sunburst Maple
  • Scale: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1.825"
  • Neck Material: Tobacco Sunburst Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Maple Bridge
  • Inlays: MOP
  • Nut Material: Handshaped Bone
  • 10.5" Hand Spun Cone
  • Chrome Plated parts
  • Open Series Soundwell
  • Round Neck
  • List Price: $2400
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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Round Neck

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 Smith and Young Model 11 Spider Cone Round Neck

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 11 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 11 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!

Specifications:

  • Top: Tobacco Sunburst Maple
  • Back and Sides: Tobacco Sunburst Maple
  • Scale: 25"
  • Nut Width: 1.825"
  • Neck Material: Tobacco Sunburst Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Maple Bridge
  • Inlays: MOP
  • Nut Material: Handshaped Bone
  • 10.5" Hand Spun Cone
  • Chrome Plated parts
  • Open Series Soundwell
  • Round Neck
  • List Price: $2400
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SOLD: Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Round Neck

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 Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Round Neck

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 1 Spider Cone

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 Smith and Young Model 1 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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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 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 1 Spider Cone Square Neck

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 Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone Square Neck

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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SOLD: 2009 Scheerhorn L Body Quilted Maple with Italian Red Spruce Top Custom F-Holes New Price!

 2009 Scheerhorn L Body Quilted Maple with Italian Red Spruce Top Custom F Holes New Price!

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.

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 dobro has a unique topwood, Italian Red Spruce.  Italian Red Spruce is one of the most desirable tonewoods in existence, chosen by Tim for it's similar properties to Adirondack Spruce.... namely being power and clarity.  When paired with maple back and sides, you get a little bit more low end and tonal balance than with an all-maple body and virtually unlimited headroom and projection.

Tim took this guitar even further with the addition of F-holes instead of the round screens generally found on dobros.  According to Tim, approximately 40% of the airflow is blocked by the round screens.  The f-holes he designed allow air to move freely, no doubt producing that much more volume.

This guitar has a few dings, shown in the detail photographs.  There are some light playing scratches on the coverplate, as well as the body, also pictured.  There is a ding on the fingerboard, also pictured.  Original hardshell case included.

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SOLD: 1997 Scheerhorn Standard Body Dobro Flamed Maple Sunburst -New Price!

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 1997 Scheerhorn Standard Body Dobro Flamed Maple Sunburst  New Price!

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.

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 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 tone is more direct and focused... much like an OM guitar vs. a dreadnought.  The body is constructed of highly flamed curly maple with a deep sunburst finish.  The body and fingerboard are both beautifully bound with Ivoroid bindings, contrasting the dark edges of the sunburst quite nicely.  Chrome Schaller tuners will ensure that staying in tune is not a problem!

As the photos will indicate, there are numerous dings and scratches throughout.  The coverplate shows wear, also pictured.   Original hardshell case included.

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SOLD: National – Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone

 National   Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone

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 Stringed Instruments division of National, the Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone!

SMITH YOUNG National   Smith and Young Model 1 Spider Cone

Smith & Young Stringed Instruments

 

In the most recent quarter century Don Young and partner Eric Smith of today's National ResoPhonic have built historically correct re-issues of these early instruments, yet only recently have been motivated to add the modern flare of increased string height, germane to a distinct Bluegrass sound.  The new Model 1 with it's steel body, rubbed nickel finish, single cone sound, is absolutely tremendous. One can sense the wonderment when people first heard that haunting, vocal sound emanating from the Model 1. These instruments are loud, with a clear, warm tone.

This instrument is the very first prototype issued from their new division at National, appropriately named  "Smith & Young Stringed Instruments", so named for Eric and Don. The logo on the headstock for this early prototype is still a "National", as the new logo is being designed at this moment. This will likely be the only S&Y instrument to bear the National logo, and therefore even more rare in the future.

A little longer overall than a standard National, that body size translates to a larger sound.  Larger break angle at the headstock over the nut makes for increased tension on the cone, further producing more tone & volume! This thing is loud, however never piercing. The hand spun Spider cone makes all the tone possible, and National has always produced their own cones. Often imitated, never replicated!  Referring to their unique tone, they have coined the phrase "It's in the Cone", referring to a tone that only National can make. We look forward to the future, and introducing this exciting new line of dobro's from Don, Eric, and the crew at National.

Look for other Nashville players who will be taking delivery of their new Smith & Young Dobros soon (Neil Perry of The Band Perry, Clint Chandler of Lady Antebellum, & Chad Jeffers of Carrie Underwood band)!

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SOLD: 2008 Scheerhorn “Bad Ass” L-Body Dobro Satin Finish Black Coverplate

 2008 Scheerhorn Bad Ass L Body Dobro Satin Finish Black Coverplate

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.

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 model is designated by Scheerhorn as "Bad Ass." He originally built one of these for himself, without much intention for making it a model.  Once a few customers saw his and started asking about them, he decided to make it a model and has produced 8 or 10 of these to date.

The finish is a deep black satin sunburst that our photos do not do justice.  The coverplate is black, and looks incredible against the rich sunburst.  The tone is massive, just like all Scheerhorns!

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 much more of these any of these anytime soon.

This instrument has some wear on the coverplate, as the detailed photographs will demonstrate. There are some light finish scratches and shiny spots, common on satin finishes, also pictured.  Original hardshell case included.

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