National Resonator Guitar – Jimmy Dillon Plays One!

UPDATE! Jimmy Dillon Released…

Ultimate Blues Song Collection 2.0

October 30, 2016 – Check out the information at the link above. You will be amazed!


Jimmy Dillon Releases Ultimate Acoustic Blues, a 4 DVD Set!

Ultimate Acoustic Blues, Jimmy Dillon‘s new, white hot, 4 DVD in high definition, “how to play acoustic blues” course.

Jimmy Dillon has included all tabs and even included some jam session tracks to really get you fired up and playing your acoustic guitar.

Many of you already know, the National Resonator Guitar in the heading of this site, was signed by the legendary blues man, John Lee Hooker after he recorded a duet with Jimmy Dillon. So you know, Jimmy knows the blues!

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Be one of the first to snatch up a copy of Jimmy Dillon‘s new Ultimate Acoustic Blues and see if you can claim one of the fantastic bonus prizes – more info…

Acoustic blues is by far and away the most requested style of music from Jimmy Dillon… so he got busy and worked all summer on this fantastic, jam packed, 4 DVD set that is pure top quality, and filmed in high definition (the way it should be) and comes complete with tabs so you can follow along easily in the comfort of your own home.

Imagine after even learning just what Jimmy has to offer on one DVD, going out with your guitar and just blowing away your friends with your new skills. Your girlfriend will give you those swooning eyes and be captivated by your smooth, bluesy new sound!

Even if you don’t have a vintage National Resonator Guitar, any acoustic guitar will play the blues better after learning from the Ultimate Acoustic Blues DVD’s.

Of course, you get a 100% money-back guarantee, so there is no risk, only great new guitar skills to gain. Something once learned, cannot be taken away.

So don’t delay, grab your copy now!

Jimmy Dillon


 For more information on this product:

Or, check out another of Jimmy Dillon’s DVD courses. ROCKIN BLUES



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Jimmy Dillon and Eclectic Electric II Guitar DVD

Eclectic Electric II, Jimmy Dillon releases this Dec. 5, 2012

Electric Guitar Slingers here this:

Jimmy  Dillon plays a National Resonator Guitar, signed by John Lee Hooker, but he also loves his Stratocaster!

Jimmy Dillon is releasing his eagerly anticipated Eclectic Electric II on December 5, at 2:00 PM. He would like to invite you to for more information on this fantastic DVD learning adventure.

Not only will it melt your mind on how fast you can learn the licks that you only ever dreamed about, but you will dazzle your friends as well!

Jimmy Dillon

Jimmy jammin with Robin Williams and Dana Carvey at a benefit for Jimmy’s Blue Star Music Camp

So if you would like more information, or would just flat out like to be a better guitar player, click this link now.

OR, check out the Eclectic Electric II Bonus at

Don’t delay. There may be time sensitive bonuses!

Get your axe (or your National Resonator Guitar) dusted off, grab the new Eclectic Electric II DVD and start jammin!


DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the owner of this website has an affiliate relationship to the providers of goods and services mentioned (links) on this website and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. These are quality and trustworthy proven products, but you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline.  These products have a 100% money-back guarantee.

Jimmy Dillon Plays a National Resonator Guitar

National Resonator Guitar and Jimmy Dillon

Jimmy Dillon's National Resonator Guitar

Jimmy Dillon’s National Resonator Guitar signed by John Lee Hooker

Jimmy Dillon’s Rockin the Blues Deluxe DVD, the much anticipated continuation of his stellar Rockin the Blues DVD is about to be released!

This will undoubtedly become the #1 best seller of the year in the “blues” category for instructional DVD’s!  All his other instructional DVD’s have become #1 best sellers.  Like “Soul of Acoustic Guitar“, “Acoustic Enlightenment”, and “Eclectic Electric Guitar” have all had rave reviews. To see more on them go to

I met with Jimmy a couple weeks ago and shot a few videos and he told me all about his new DVD and how easy it would advance your skills as a guitar player.  We also talked about The Blue Star Music Camp and the success he has had over the years teaching young people how to play guitar.

Well, keep your eyes and ears sharp, Rockin the Blues Deluxe DVD will be released in early July.

For more information go to




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National Resonator Guitar – Sweet, Unique Sound

I just saw a National Resonator Guitar, I mean a ukulele, on Pawn Stars television show last night!  The goofs had never seen one before!

It turned out to be a $2000+ National Resonator treasure!  They look so cool.

My friend Jimmy Dillon plays one as well as a great gal named Shari Kane.

So, any chance you get to listen to someone playing a National Resonator Guitar, be sure to listen at how loud it can play and the distinct sound that the resonator puts out. (at least in the hands of someone who can play!)



National Resonator Guitar is Not The Only Resonator Guitar

For a long time, I thought all resonator guitars were a “National Resonator Guitar“.  It soon became apparent that several other manufacturers produce resonator guitars, but I believe the first ones were produced by National.

A well used National Resonator Guitar

National Dobro, Hound Dog, and Gibson

After much legal action, the Dopyera brothers gained control of both National and Dobro in 1932, and subsequently merged them to form the National Dobro Corporation. However all production of resonator guitars by this company ceased following the US entry into World War II in 1941.

Emile Dopyera (also known as Ed Dopera) manufactured Dobros from 1959, before selling the company and trademark to Semie Moseley, who merged it with his Mosrite guitar company and manufactured Dobros for a time.

In 1967, Rudy and Emile Dopyera formed the Original Musical Instrument Company (OMI) to manufacture resonator guitars, first branded Hound Dog. In 1970 they again acquired the Dobro trademark, Mosrite having gone into temporary liquidation.

OMI was acquired by the Gibson Guitar Corporation in 1993, which announced it would defend its right to exclusive use of the Dobro trademark, which had come to be commonly used for any resonator guitar. As of 2006, Gibson produces several round sound hole models under the Dobro name, and cheaper f-hole models both under the Hound Dog name and also its Epiphone brand. All have a single resonator, and many are available in either round or square neck.

[edit]Other National instruments

After the formation of the National Dobro Corporation, the term ‘National’ was often used to mean an instrument with a non-inverted cone, to distinguish these designs from the inverted-cone ‘Dobro’. Makers particularly used it for single-cone biscuit designs, as the relatively elaborate and expensive tricone was for some time out of production. Players and collectors also used the term for the older tricone instruments, which despite their softer volume and rarity were still preferred by some players.

In 1942, the National Dobro Corporation, which no longer produced Dobros or any other resonator instruments, was reorganized and renamed Valco. Valco produced a large volume and variety of fretted instruments under many names, with National as its premium brand. By the early 1960s, Valco was again producing resonator guitars for mail order under the National brand name. These instruments had biscuit resonators and bodies of wood and fiberglass.

In the late 1980s, the National brand and trademark reappeared with the formation of National Reso-Phonic Guitars. As of 2006, it produces six-string resonator guitars of all three traditional resonator types, focusing on reproducing the feel and sound of old instruments. Its other resonator instruments include a 12-string guitarukuleles and mandolins.

[edit]Non-USA instruments

Czech Republic

In the late 90’s Amistar, a Czech Republic manufacturer, began marketing tricone resonator guitars.


Wayne Acoustic Guitars produced a spider bridge resonator guitar in the ’40s and ’50s in Australia. They were crudely made out of what was at the time cheap Australian timber using a tone ring rather than a tone well but their biggest problems were no neck reinforcement and a very different pressed (rather than spun) cone. This is often called a pillow cone due to the shapes pressed into the face to strengthen the cone. Many examples exist today and if the neck is straight and a good cone is used can give a reasonable sound.[2] As of 2010 Don Morrison is producing highly regarded resonators under the Donmo brand name.


Many Asian brands such as Johnson, Recording King, Republic Guitars and Rogue also produce or import a wide variety of comparatively inexpensive resonator guitars. Johnson has also produced resonator ukuleles and mandolins.

South Africa

A company called Gallotone in South Africa is also known to have produced resonator guitars in the 1950s and ’60s.

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So as you can see, there are several resonator guitar makers.  Hard to beat an old vintage National Resonator Guitar for it’s unique “steel” sound.  But as far as I’m concerned they all sound pretty darn good it the right hands.

National Resonator Guitar – Resophonic Guitar, Acoustic Guitar

I love a good National Resonator Guitar, especially older models in great shape.  So let me tell you a little bit about these great guitars.

Jimmy Dillon plays a National Resonator Guitar

Jimmy Dillon and his Resonator Guitar

resonator guitar or resophonic guitar is an acoustic guitar whose sound is produced by one or more spun metal cones (resonators) instead of the wooden sound board (guitar top/face). Resonator guitars were originally designed to be louder than conventional acoustic guitars which were overwhelmed by horns and percussion instruments in dance orchestras. They became prized for their distinctive sound, however, and found life with several musical styles (most notably bluegrass and also blues) well after electric amplification solved the issue of inadequate guitar sound levels.

Resonator guitars are of two styles:

There are three main resonator designs:

  • The “tricone” (“tri” in reference to the three metal cones/resonators) design of the first National resonator guitars.
  • The single cone “biscuit” design of other National instruments.
  • The single inverted-cone design of the Dobro.[1]

Many variations of all of these styles and designs have been produced under many brands. The body of a resonator guitar may be made of wood, metal, or occasionally other materials. Typically there are two main sound holes, positioned on either side of the fingerboard extension. In the case of single cone models, the sound holes are either both circular or both f-shaped, and symmetrical; The older “tricone” design has irregularly shaped sound holes. Cutaway body styles may truncate or omit the lower f-hole.

National tricone

The resonator guitar was developed by John Dopyera, seeking to produce a guitar that would have sufficient volume to be heard alongside brass and reed instruments, in response to a request from steel guitar player George Beauchamp. Dopyera experimented with configurations of up to four resonator cones, and cones composed of several different metals.

In 1927, Dopyera and Beauchamp formed the National String Instrument Corporation to manufacture resonator guitars under the brand name National. The first models were metal-bodied and featured three conical aluminum resonators joined by a T-shaped aluminum bar which supported the bridge, a system called the “tricone”. Wooden-bodied tricone models were originally produced at the National factory in Los Angeles, California. These models were called the “Triolian”, however only 12 were made and the bodies meant for tricones were changed to single cone models, but the name remained.


Main article: Dobro

In 1928, Dopyera left National to form the Dobro Manufacturing Company with his brothers Rudy, Emile, Robert and Louis, Dobro being a contraction of Dopyera Brothers’ and also meaning “goodness” in their native Slovak language. Dobro released a competing resonator guitar with a single resonator with its concave surface uppermost, often described as bowl-shaped, under a distinctive circular perforated metal cover plate with the bridge at its centre resting on an eight-legged aluminium spider. This system was cheaper to produce, and produced more volume than National’s tricone.

National biscuit

National countered the Dobro with its own single resonator model, which had previously been designed by Dopyera before he left the company; while also continuing to produce the tricone design which many players preferred for its tone. Both the National single and tricone resonators remained conical with their convex surfaces uppermost; the single resonator models used a wooden biscuit at the cone apex to support the bridge. Both companies at this stage were sourcing many components, and notably the aluminium resonators themselves, from Adolph Rickenbacher.
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I know three guitarist who play a resonator.  All have different styles, all sound really, really good when playing their brand of music.  So if you get a chance to hear a National Resonator Guitar, pay attention and you will hear the distinct sweet sound piercing the airwaves.