1932 National ResoPhonic Duolian Single Cone Resonator
Talk about cool! This 1932 National ResoPhonic Duolian leaves you imagining a hot summer night on the delta, listening to blues licks by the likes of Tampa Red, Son House, Bukka White, Bo Carter, Blind Boy Fuller, Walter Vincent (who was with the Chatmon Brothers), Peetie Wheatstraw, Scrapper Blackwell, Bumble Bee Slim, or Black Ace. Who knows, it could have been played by any of them.
In the days before electric amplification, National’s resonator guitars punched out as much volume as a guitarist could hope for. They were immensely popular, and the base-model Duolian sold well through the depression.
This is an authentic vintage 1932 Duolian with all the vibe, sound and looks. The thin-gauge steel body is highlighted by cut out multi-piece “f” holes, a formed back, and traditional sieve-hole coverplate. The body is original with the original hand painted green crystaline finish.
The mahogany neck clears 12 frets to the body and features an unbound ebony fretboard complete with inlaid mother-of-pearl position markers and slotted peghead. Tuners are vintage-style engraved, open gear 3 on a plate with white buttons. It has been setup with a new vintage replica resonator cone which conforms closely to the same specifications as the original.
This Duolian sounds incredible… it is loud, punchy, and brash without being harsh on the ears. If you are a Delta Blues piedmont style player, look no further… this is your instrument!
This vintage guitar is in amazing condition for an instrument of this era, there is moderate fretwear, it includes both the original hardshell case and new National case. We have provided a Gruhn appraisal for your review which has been included in the detailed photos.
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