1932 National Duolian with a gray crystalline “Duco” finish, as well as a c.1941 National Style O 14-fret guitar.
National Resophonic’s “Replicon” models are in the “almost new” category. They start out as new Nationals, and then they’re finished off to look like they’re vintage. We have a couple of Replicons that are almost new. Which means that they’ve been “distressed” at National, and then pre-owned by someone else for a brief time. (Confused yet?)
Here’s a side-by-side of a c.1932 National Duolian with a crystaline “Duco” finish, next to a new National Dueco model. You’re gonna’ have to look twice before you figure out which is the 80 year old guitar.
The new one just happens to be the gold version, and the vintage one is in gray. It’s taken the National Resophonic Guitar company a few years of tweaking to recreate the formula and get it right, but this latest version is stunningly cool. (Not to mention tweaking of the model names and spelling of Duco/Dueco).
NATIONAL / SEARS DUOLIAN - c.1931
Made for Sears, steel body, dark gray crystalline “Duco” finish, coverplate with large hole pattern, mahogany neck,12 frets to the body, slotted peghead. Normal paint wear, small cosmetic repair to back of neck. HSC $3000
- Single Cone Resonator Guitar
- Thin Gauge Steel Body with Arched Back
- 12-Fret Mahogany Neck
- Flat F-Holes, Slotted Headstock
- Crystalline Gold Duco Finish
- A much improved crystalline finish over the c.2000 version.
- Photos: National Dueco