Segmented F-holes are seen more on Regal brand resonator instruments than Dobro. I was at a local bluegrass fest a few years ago and one of the shops not local had at least a dozen nice deering banjos to choose from. But Harmony only produced a limited number of Regal. See the chapters on National, Dobro, and Valco 287-317 , Regal 324-327 , and Mosrite 278-284. Could maybe fit if body code could be first character? Maxwell and Norwood Chimes may be seen King 1991:36.
Each of these companies had their own emblems, of course. The fretboard is either ebony or some other stained wood, and is very slightly arched. Some codes i've seen say the last 2 are year digits, but the guy i bought it from said he bought it new in the 80s. I hate to think that I was lied to about the date of manufacture. Who's the best bluegrass fiddler? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Often you see these broken where they wrap around the fiddle edge of the body.
Mosrite quit building dobros in the mid-1960's, then resumed for a short while in late 1966 before going bankrupt in 1969. In short, there is no inherent reason why an old dobro should sound any better than a new one. These required 13-fret necks to get the scale right. This especially applies to wood body Dobros. The blond Model 5, with a mandolin resonator, joined the Model 6 in the bargain basement. Two other brothers, Louis and Bob, helped finance the venture.
As far as I'm concerned, the most definitive source is Wheeler 1990 , specifically the chapters on National, Dobro, Valco, Regal, and Mosrite, but other details can be found in King 1991 and Gear 1978. Some just say the craftsmanship was better back then. Many players hold that omitting the three holes improved the sound of the Model 27. The Dobro is a single cone resonator guitar that is easily confused at first glace with the single cone National guitars. In 1933, Dobro introduced one of the first electric guitars. It's a beginner-friendly instrument with big tonal character. After the war Valco returned to the instrument business, building electric guitars.
Regal guitars had a slightly deeper body and headstocks that were either solid or were slotted with a router, leaving rounded ends on the slots; these generally had no serial number on the headstock. What are the opinions on this instrument? Here, by popular demand, is a semi-complete-ever-expanding list of brands of guitars and the years they were made in. John Dopyera developed the biscuit-bridge system for use in a ukulele, but felt the design did not sustain well enough when enlarged for a guitar. Dobro introduced the Model 76, with a bound birch body and inlaid celluloid trademark, but made few of them. Someone might have gotten the idea of putting numerals on the side on a small number of instruments but the idea didn't take? Josh was inspired to adopt this style by listening to the banjo picking of Earl Scruggs see Wolfe 1990 , and in fact many of the classic Uncle Josh dobro licks are adaptations of banjo licks. If you've got a question only another guitarist can answer, our Gear Experts are available for answers and recommendations on all things acoustic! The Model 156 was walnut with an inlaid fretboard and gold plating.
The National Dobro Corporation was dissolved. Market research is strictly prohibited. Posted -: 08:34:13 The guitar was more than likely given a professional setup by Paul Beard's shop. Bluegrass Unlimited 25 7 , January. Others say it's because good quality wood has gotten increasingly scarce and modern instruments are being built with inferior materials. The rounded headstock slots suggest that this instrument was built by Regal, despite the Dobro decal. How could I fix this and could I do it myself without compromising the sound? The steel-bodied former Model 32 became the Model 35.
During this period, resonator guitars were made under both the National and Dobro names. He would buy them at auctions and refurbish them. Bluegrass Unlimited 26 2 :2026, August. Because the dobro, along with the guitar, is one of the quietest of the bluegrass instruments, it needs much more boosting by the sound system than louder instruments like the banjo. Metal body dobros this is not really an issue.
So the Dopyeras decided to ship the metal parts east and let a Midwestern company assemble some guitars, as National already did with Harmony. When John Dopyera found a local shop making metal boxes by crimping the edges together, he learned the technique from the foreman and applied it to metal guitars. The person who I bought it from said it belonged to his grandfather. The top is plywood, with ivoroid binding around the top only. If you're looking for something more modern, check out our Taylor, Ibanez or Breedlove models. Unfortunately, their neck joints rarely stay put, and the necks often require a reset - as does yours. My F60 is a Nashville made one.
The bridge may not be original either. Sound technicians don't understand that, either. Colin, my guitar does not have a spider. What you'll notice with this instrument, though, is that the added volume from the resonator overcomes the usual quietness of an acoustic bass guitar, so you can be heard easily without amplification. Bluegrass Unlimited 25 4 , October Part 1 and 25 5 , November Part 2. At any rate, I think that much of the standard right-hand repertoire of the average bluegrass dobro picker can ultimately be traced to Earl Scruggs.