The Illustrated History of National, Dobro, Supro, Valco and OMI Guitars
The official 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 Dopyera Brothers 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.
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A lot of people seem to get confused by the different features, details and serial numbers that are found on National El Trovador guitars. It was only in production for a little over 2 years but, rather interestingly, was caught up in a story of company anger and politics.
Much confusion exists about the origins and construction of the Style N. Was it brass or german silver? When did it first appear? Many people are of the opinion that this high quality custom instrument issued in 1932 was made with a german silver body. This, in fact, is not true. To understand why, we must follow the history of the development of the Style 0.