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!

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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 – 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.