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The National String Instrument Corporation were the originals and the'new'generation are known as National Resophonic. It would be good if some people could learn to differentiate. (That wasn't intended as a dig at you Damflask)
There is a very reputable vintage dealer here in the US called Elderly Instruments. They continuously list "National" in their used stock sheet. I click on it and it is almost always a NRP. Very annoying and I've lost a lot of respect for them as they should definitely know the difference.
Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug!
The "National Reso-phonic" company has changed his name for "National Guitars"...shortly after the loss of Don Young. Perhaps for more confusion, or to have a stronger legitimity when they attack someone by law; it seems nowadays that they became very agressive on anyone mentioning the "National" name.
Right now they stamp "National guitars" (on a simple line, hardly readable) on their products, instead of the "Nathional Resophonic" brand (visualy more interesting and elaborate), and how silly looks my Uke with this "national guitar" mention? Its not a guitar at all, it's a ukulele!
Speaking about facts; The new "National guitars" or "Ex-National Reso-phonics" instruments are very differently made than those made by the beloved original "National" brand. Structuraly they are stiffer, stronger, perahps louder, but for my ears; I can't say "better"...I wish to anyone to be lucky enough to have an old cone, and a new one in both hands; it's so different, there's ain't no use to compare, they are just very different instruments.