National Ukulele

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The National Company are most famous for make steel, resonator instruments. These instruments produce plenty of volume. Even the tiny ukulele creates a huge sound.

The company began producing instruments in the 1920s and their design shows it. Some of the best instruments are designed in a heavily art deco style. Many National ukuleles will be engraved – sometimes highly elaborately.

The 1920s reso-phonic ukuleles are one of the ukes I intend to add to my collection once I win the lottery (admittedly, that’s a very long list)

On Video

Bob Brozman has a huge collection of vintage resonator instruments including this ukulele. Even on video, you can get an idea of the volume it’s capable of producing.

On eBay

One Comment

  1. Kit Wells June 7th, 2011 7:08 pm

    I bought a (new) Ashbury ‘soprano’ resonator Dobro type ukulele from Pick and Boch in Lyons, France, recently for 260 euros. great case with it too. I just love this ukulele to bits! What a high but mellow sound it has. I must admit to playing it frailing and dropdown thumb style as I learnt on a banjer but, hell, it sounds so good!
    Plus it is so easy to play. If you are having problems with banjo playing, just put it aside and get a uke! Lovely informative and accessible web site by the way guys.

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