Vintage Instruments: Resonator & Steel Guitars

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2006 National Resolectric

National’s Resolectric offers players a hybrid solid-body / resonator plugged in tone, some killer looks, and vintage-meets-modern neck feel. The guitar is fitted with a P-90 pickup in the neck and an active Highlander Piezo bridge pickup, with three-way wiring. It’s a versatile plugged in sound, with more depth and darkness than a solidbody, and more tricks in its back than an acoustic resonator with an aftermarket pickup.

The Resolectric features a chambered mahogany body with a figured maple top, full size single-cone biscuit style resonator and ivoroid binding. Mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, pearloid headstock and ivoroid pickguard. With its satin finish and deco National logo and accents it’s a heck of a good looking machine. Round neck with 1-23/32 nut width (just a bit smaller than 1-3/4 for the fractionally challenged), long 25.6” scale, and 2-1/4” string spread at the bridge.

The guitar is in excellent condition and shows very little playwear. The frets have the very slightest string grooves, and the finish is unworn but for a few minor dents on the back of the neck. Set-up was just completed here at Folkway, with a hybrid acoustic/electric action and 12-52 nickel-wound strings.

With original hard shell case

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