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National NRP "B" Ivory 12-Fret Resonator Guitar #23098  From National

A classic Single Cone resonator from National in their Chipped Ivory finish.

National Resphonic


Retail:  $3,300.00

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What We Think

Mega mojo for minimal moolah!  "Ghostly evocation of the best vintage 1930s Duolian[s]," as per the folks at National themselves, pretty much covers it.  Playability, build quality, and stability have all received tasteful updates (you don't have a problem with truss rods, right?) but that vintage look and sound are unchanged if not better for National's 21st century updates.  We love how these get sent out with a setup that's viable for fingerstyle as well as slide (as much as that setup can be achieved) allowing you the player to dive headlong into whatever musical pursuits drew you to this fantastic instrument in the first place.

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.

National Resphonic


Model: NRP "B" Series

Serial: 23098


Top Material: Steel

Back/Sides Material: Steel

Cone: Single, 9.5"

Scale: 25"

Nut Width: 1.825"

Frets to Body: 12

Finish: Chipped Ivory

Neck Wood: Honduran Mahogany

Fretboard: Ebony

Bridge: Maple Biscuit

Headstock Shape: Slotted

Headstock Inlay: Stamped Logo

Tuners: National Brand

Inlays: Dots

Nut Material: Ebony

Body Depth: 3.125"

Lower Bout Width: 14"

Upper Bout Width: 10.25"

Case: Hardshell

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