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National Resophonic Guitars and Basses

National Resophonic Guitars and Basses

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National String Instrument Corporation was founded by John Dopyera (later with Dobro) and George Beauchamp (later with Rickenbacker) and started instrument production in 1927.

National Reso-Phonic Guitars was formed in 1989 by Don Young and McGregor Gaines.

A lot of company history can be found at Blue Book of Guitar Values website...

"Instruments previously produced in Los Angeles, CA from the mid-1920s to the mid-1930s. Instruments produced in Chicago, IL from mid-1930s to 1969. After National moved production to Chicago in the mid-1930s, they formally changed the company name to Valco (but still produced National brand guitars). Instruments produced in Japan circa 1970s. Distributed by Strum?N Drum of Chicago, IL. When Valco went out of business in 1969, the National trademark was acquired by Strum?N Drum, who then used the trademark on a series of Japanese-built guitars."


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This bass was listed as a '70 National Bass Guitar. According to the Vintage Guitar Price Guide, during the 70's National was a brand of Chicago based Strum'N Drum.  Information about Strum'N Drum can be found in Michael Wright's Guitar Stories
70's National Bass Guitar



Title: National Resophonic Guitars
Mfg: National
Bass Builder?: Yes
Models:  [not specified]
Categories:  [Bass: 4-String] [Vintage (prior to 1970)] [Violin Bass]
Country:   US [us]
External links:  
Page History... 
"Blue Book" info added: September 7, 2013
Page rewritten: September 6, 2013
Original "stub" page: October 13, 2010

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