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1033s and 1133s were labelled and sold as National Reso-Phonic "Student Models".
Shine On Michael
Hi, new to the forum. Off and on beginner, but long time lover of all guitars and sounds they can make. Got inspired by the national resonator guitars when a delivery man came to my house on a hot summer day a couple of years ago. I immediately connected with this fellow and we got to talking. This led to him getting out his National Style O and sitting on a bucket in front of my Airstream Trailer. After a couple of blues songs I was hooked on the resonator sound and Billie Alford style of Texas Blues. A couple of videos on YouTube are available. Off and on after that I searched for an affordable Style O that was affordable and did not need a ton of work. Came close but no cigar. This Christmas I was looking for a present for myself and ran across the 60's National Reso-phonic 1133. I poured through the internet 'till I saw all I could find on the subject. Prices on ebay were kinda nuts, anywhere from $1199-$3K. Then I found one on Guitar Center back east(I am in California) and they shipped it to the local guitar center for me. $650 which is still a lot but within my range. Looks like it has a new biscuit but plays and sound good. More sound coming out the back of course, but that's OK because I am not that good. It's what they called a Surf Green, and seems original, but have not seen one the same anywhere. The headstock does not have the National Logo label, and the serial # plaque is missing. I knew that would devalue it going in, but it is what it is. Happy to have it. Does anyone have insight on whether or not I should try and find a better biscuit, whether this is a legit color, or what vintage this guitar might be?
Hello finger lickin, these guitars were only made in solid red, black and cream when they were first made in 1956/7. Later instruments were issued in pearl versions of the same three colours. So you can only have 6 types. Any other colours are re- finished instruments. The first 1133s had a metal logo badge pinned on the left side of the white scratchplate. It also had a foil name sticker on the headstock. When the Valco company went into liquidation in 1968, many parts from these instruments were hastily assembled and sold in 1968. They usually never have logos and stickers. As yours does not have any pinholes on the scratchplate, I would surmise that this is one of those assemblies that sometime after 1968 was also re- painted
my 1133 has a foil "tape" serial # on rear of headstock. likely was consecutively numbered roll of tape to keep accountants happy as i have part of the next number in the series stuck on mine from poorly cut/separated roll. surprising that it is still stuck on there.
still looking for next guit in line to sell my part of their OEM serial to...