National Reso-Phonic Guitars

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National Reso-Phonic Guitars
Industry Musical instruments
Predecessor National
Founded 1989; 27 years ago (1989)
Founder Don Young
McGregor Gaines
Headquarters USA
Area served
Products Resonator guitars
Owner Eric Smith

National Reso-Phonic Guitars is a manufacturer of resonator guitars and other resonator instruments including mandolins, ukuleles and 12 string guitars.

The company was formed in 1989 by Don Young and McGregor Gaines, in a Californian garage. They measured old resonator instruments of all makes and designs, and produced reproductions under the "National" brand name and trade mark, as originally used by the National String Instrument Corporation for the very first resonator instruments.

Since 1990, the factory has been located in San Luis Obispo, California. Their current production is over 1000 instruments per annum, representing more than 50 different models. In addition to manufacturing new instruments, they offer a repair service capable of restoring almost any vintage National guitar to original condition.

In 2008 Don Young and Eric Smith, an employee of the company since 1991, purchased McGregor Gaines' interest in the company.


National Reso-Phonic Guitars model range includes not only the tricone and biscuit mechanisms used on the original National instruments, but also the inverted cone design used on the Dobro.

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