Scheerhorn Guitars, now a division on National Reso Phonic Guitars, Inc.
Scheerhorn Guitars, now a division of National Reso Phonic Guitars, Inc.
Around 2010 our friend Rob Ickes was kind enough to answer our quest for his professional opinion on National square-neck guitars. Lovingly recreated to historic perfection, today's National guitars are built in a shorter scale compared with modern day dobros. Together with Rob's player insights and our own observations, we suggested some design elements that would capture the attention of bluegrass players. Together with our friends at National Reso-Phonic we launched the Smith & Young guitar line (named for founders Don Young and Eric Smith). There were just two models, one steel body and one laminate wood body, with twin sound ports, featuring spider bridge & cones, availble in either square neck or round neck.
Two short years into very low production, the Smith & Young line was gathering attention for their astounding tone and projection. Handcrafted in the USA, they were exceptionally well priced for an entry level instrument that was heads above other imported guitars. We were inspired to take it to the next level, and commissioned our first solid wood Smith & Young Model 11. Even more resonant built from select tone woods, we wanted to expand the line and commissioned two more solid wood Model 11's. Tim Scheerhorn happened by for a visit to the NRP shop in San Luis Obispo as #3 was on the bench. The craftsmanship was appealing, the tone exciting, and with a few Scheerhorn signature features would make an excellent L-body production model. The rest as they say is history!
From the Scheerhorn Guitars website, "Tim Scheerhorn and National Reso-Phonic Guitars have teamed up to bring you one of the highest quality spider-cone guitars available today! Each Scheerhorn is made in the National Reso-Phonic factory in San Luis Obispo, California, using one of Tim’s hand spun resonators. Each guitar is built with the highest attention to detail in order to meet the expectations of Tim and National Reso-Phonic Guitars. Under the guidance of Tim Scheerhorn, these instruments are available as production models of Tim's infamous handcrafted L-Body guitars".