1931 National Duollian resophonic guitar

An oldy but a goody, its gray/gold metal body simply oozes funk and folk history. These things sold for $27.50 new and would be worth 100 times that now if it were in unchanged condition. This one has been changed a bit, so doesn’t qualify for the prize. These were built before electronic amplification came about and, used with a glass slide on the pinky, can be extremely expressive with a sound that goes straight to the upper reaches of the heart. Blues men used them, also cowboys, Hawaiians, country singers and gospel singers. And so does The Bard Rocks. It is normally played in open D tuning.