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NRGD! (Vintage National content)

Discussion in 'Acoustic Heaven' started by backalleyblues, Oct 27, 2020.

  1. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    Howdy all!

    So, I've been in the market for something that is really-funky, in a good way. I've been a lover of resonators ever since I first played one back in the late 80's-something about the sound of them is so unique! I've since had a couple pass through my hands (still have my '94 Style 1 Tricone!) but then this bad boy came up, a 1932 National Duolian! Just arrived yesterday, and I've already bonded with this guitar-it truly sings, and was everything I could hope for! Now, to amplify this pup...

    Franc Robert
     

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  2. Freeman Keller

    Freeman Keller Poster Extraordinaire

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    My kind of guitar.
     
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  3. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    88 years of guitar history, right there......

    way too cool, for school!

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    Nice score man.They project pretty well through an SM57 without any alteration.I had a Dobro with some sort of transducer attached to a spider leg and a hole drilled through the top and side.Never liked the sound.You have a biscuit so that might be doable without dickin' it up.Are you keeping the Triplate?
     
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  5. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    I still have the triplate (got it 10 years ago), that is a fabulous guitar! I usually leave the triplate in open D, and the Duolian seems to really like open G. i've got a bunch of mics floating around here, going to give them a whirl to see which one I like best for my solo gigs. I'm also looking at a Myers Feather pickup/microphone, which I can clip to the tailpiece and avoid messing with the Duco finish-the Tricone has a Krivo pickup on it, which I like a lot-but it also uses a putty to attach to the guitar, and that putty pulled up some paint when I tested it on the Duolian.

    Franc Robert
     
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    Fiesta Red Poster Extraordinaire

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    :cool::cool::cool:

    What kind of amplification/pickup are you gonna use?
     
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    Fretting out Poster Extraordinaire

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    Woe that’s awesome!

    Is that headstock “logo” original, I’ve never seen a stamped one like that?
     
  8. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    Fiesta Red,
    Likely going to use a Myers Feather pickup, not sure exactly which one yet (have a call into them, not heard back yet)

    Fretting Out,
    Yes, that's how they did Duolians from 1931 until late 1934-Headstamp was cheaper than a decal, and the Duolian was as cheap as it got for National back then-they sold for $32.50!!!

    Franc Robert
     
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    Awesome Duolian. Congrats. Instant mojo. Enjoy.
     
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    I bet it has some Delmars in it, just a-waitin' to git out!
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  11. Flaneur

    Flaneur Friend of Leo's

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    Another vote for the SM57, before you start spending money on pickups. Lots of tonal adjustment is there, dependent on position along the body.

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    Brozman suggested a SM57 a long time ago and that's what I've always used.
     
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    Nice! Love the frosted Duco finish. I have a 31 Polychrome triolian, a 38 Style O and a Tricone I made.
     
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    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    Wow, that is cooool. I have an uncle with a 2000-something Style O and I got to play it at a family picnic several years ago. It was loud!

    It had great action and sounded great in standard tuning, too. The prices seem less incomprehensible when you actually play one.
     
  15. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    Wound up getting the Myers feather pickup-it’s actually a microphone element on a thin gooseneck-plugged it up and it sounds exactly like what I hear unamplified, so I’m really happy with that! Better than a 57 imo... of course the acid test is tomorrow when I bring it out in the gig...:D

    Franc Robert
     
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    zombywoof Friend of Leo's

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    Congrats and enjoy. I played a Duolian for decades - one with the black frosted finish. I did not know what year it was made when I bought it because such things were not easy to find out back in the day. I later figured out it dated to 1930. Ya'll today do got it a lot easier when it comes to this kind of stuff then we did.
     
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