The original 1930s Duolians were National’s budget guitars, and as such, were often the model of choice for bluesmen and -women wanting to be heard above the sound and fury of a juke joint. Like the musicians, the guitars led hard lives, and most of the surviving instruments require a repair regimen, if not complete resurrection. The Dueco is the remedy. And it comes with something those old guitars don’t include — rock-solid reliability. The Dueco is available in both the early 12-fret, large-body or later 14-fret, small-body version. That steel body houses National’s 9.5-inch handspun resonator — a new resonator that’s so sweet sounding many players insist on swapping them into their vintage guitars. Best yet, the new Dueco boasts a truss-rod-supported neck that won’t bow like a piece of archery equipment. You can choose the Dueco in either the traditional gray-green crystalline frosted or the rare golden finish. And playing the Dueco is like playing the best vintage Duolian — except there are no rough edges, no roadblocks, no excuses needed. It’s like stepping back in time and finding a brand-new National, and instead of compensating for 80-year-old foibles, you can focus on making music.
Specs; Headstock Style Slotted Headstock Logo Stamped Tuners National Brand Nut Material Bone Fretboard Ebony Fretboard Markers Mother of Perl Fretwire W-.106 H.039 Resonator 9.5" Hand Spun Bridge Type Maple Biscuit Neck Material Mahogany Finish Silver Crystalline Top Material Steel Side Material Steel Back Material Steel Upper Bout Width 10.25" Lower Bout Width 14.00" Overall Length 38.75" Depth Of Body 3.125" Width at Nut 1.825" Width at 12th 2.3" Scale Length 25" Weight 7 lbs 4 oz Hardshell Case Included.
Make: National Reso-Phonic
Model: Dueco Round Neck - 12 Fret
Top Wood: Steel
Nut Width: 1.825"
Serial Number: 20313
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