National Model D Western Maple and Figured Walnut
So what happens when you mix a Dobro "spider" bridge and place it in a round-neck instrument that you can actually fret and chord? Why, the National Model D of course! The first of National’s spider bridge wood bodies, the Model D was introduced in 2000. The spider cone itself has a W-shape to it and the spider bridge contacts the cone in both the center and along the edges. With this design, string vibration gets distributed to numerous points around the cone. The cone itself operates more like a speaker then its biscuit bridge brethren, as the concavity is reversed so more of the sound is driven out.
What a sound it is! Imagine if you will, the ability to play those haunting dobro sounds you have been hearing, but you have no idea how to play Dobro. The Model D recreates those same sounds in a traditional "round neck" guitar. Notes have a beautiful sustain and decay, and there is a poignancy to the notes that not even the more traditional "biscuit" bridge guitars have. Even flatpicked bluegrass tunes sound as if they being played on a traditional dobro, it's quite remarkable. A maple top is complemented by conventional f-holes and traditional cover-plate.
The distinctive Western Model D has a figured maple top, solid walnut sides and an exotic quarter-matched walnut burl back. The top and back of the body, as well as the fingerboard, are bound with maple/rosewood "rope" binding. The round neck is walnut with an ebony fingerboard inlaid with white mother-of-pearl arrow markers. The headstock is overlaid with white pearloid into which the National logo has been engraved. This guitar comes equipped with vintage-style, open gear, three-on-a-plate tuners. The coverplate, removable strap, and tailpiece are plated in rubbed satin nickel.
This Pre-Owned Guitar is in Very Good Condition with only 1 light ding in the upper bout on the lower top. Another thing to note is that the string spacing is wider between the D & G Strings than between others.
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