National NRP B Deluxe 14 Fret Reso-Phonic Guitar #22449  From National

14 fret Duolian-styled NRP B from National with a Lollar CC pickup

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What We Think

A relatively recent model from National that has sacrificed nothing of the past in its leap into modernity.  Barky and punchy, you bet! The smoldering, organic tone of the Charlie Christian pickup couldn't be a better fit for this old soul.  The neck is a bit wide, as you'd expect from the old Duolians, but the short scale and 14 frets to the body construction offer the player a fantastic blend of comfort and access.  Starting with the Blues on something like this is the obvious choice but as far as where you'll end up, the horizon is wide open!

Manufacturer's Description from National

The original Duolian arrived in 1930 as National’s basic steel-bodied, single-cone guitar and soon became famous for its musical sound. Our NRP B Series replicates the vintage Duolian — and these modern reissues surpass most old ones in quality, playability, and even tone. The thin-gauge steel body is period-correct, featuring flat-cut f-holes, traditional sieve resonator coverplate, and a formed back. Still, no two NRP guitars are alike: The bodies are finished with a multi-stage, hand-textured finish for an individual look and semi-smooth surface profile that emulates the original Duolians. The mahogany neck with truss rod is capped by an unbound ebony fretboard complete with mother-of-pearl position markers. Vintage-style plain tuners, ebony nut, and “National” stamped into the slotted headstock complete the look of this classic. But it’s the trademark sound that makes these guitars so special — almost like a ghostly evocation of the best vintage 1930s Duolian. The sound is powerful and loud, while still being deep and warm. Like the hallowed originals, the NRP is steeped in mojo.

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Specifications

Model: NRP B Series

Head Stock: Slotted

Tuners: National

Finish: Black Rust

Fretboard: Ebony

Nut: Ebony

Cone: Single, 9.5"

Neck: Mahogany

Body: Steel

Pickup: Lollar CC

Upper Bout: 10.25"

Lower Bout: 14"

Depth: 3.125"

Nut Width: 1.82"

Width at 12th Fret: 2.3"

Scale Length: 25"

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