The offical website of Mark Makin and his new book "Palm Trees, Senoritas... and Rocket Ships" - the illustrated History of National, Dobro, Supro, Valco and OMI Guitars


A 423 page tour-de-force that explores the fascinating design world of the musical instruments produced by the DopyeraBrothers from 1923 to 1993. Famous for their 'National' guitars, they went on to pioneer electric pickups, fibreglass construction, amplifiers etc, and influenced the sound of Country Music, Bluegrass, Blues and Hawaiian music through most of the 20th Century.


This site contains a preview of some of this work, the story of its creation and also how you can order a copy of this special limited edition book.

Palm Trees, Senoritas... and Rocket Ships - Book Cover

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