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National Collegian Chipped Ivory

Built in fairly limited numbers in the late 1930s and early '40s, the Collegian was at that time National's least expensive model. Its yellow paint finish and simple coverplate differentiated the model from the pricier Duolians, but the instruments are otherwise pretty much the same. Eighty or so years later, the fine folks at National Reso-Phonic have recreated this classic model, and done it wonderfully well. We love the ‘chipped ivory’ finish style, and the aged brass coverplate.


Thin gauged steel 14 fret body, sunburst finished maple neck, paddle headstock with shield logo, three-on-a-strip vintage style open geared tuners, bone nut, radiussed and bound ebony fingerboard, pearl dot inlays, aged brass tailpiece. Truss-rod equipped neck, and removable palm rest add easy adjustability to the classic design.



Rounded soft V neck carve, 25" scale, 1-13/16" width at the nut.



With deluxe hardshell case

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