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Old 01-17-2019, 06:55 PM
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I've got two - an all-metal Duolian with a biscuit bridge and a new MJ Franks wood-body spider bridge - it play a whole lot better and, like others say, is warmer, less harsh. equally loud too. The Duolian is built like a tank, good in barroom brawls, harsh sounding (which is best for some pieces) with a neck like a rolling pin. I keep its action higher and use it for slide so the neck is less consideration. It is also definitely heavier.

Playing, I don't notice the weight, but I sure do when carrying them around for any distance. One arm will definitely grow longer. So it seems.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:36 PM
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I finally got an accepted offer. Woohoo!!! I ended up buying a used National NRP 12 fret from a dealer out in Seattle. I was a bit nervous with the temperatures WI was having, thinking the neck would crack like a drying log during shipping (given the sub zero temps) but all was well and good. I'll do an NGD in the main forum, but here's a quick pic of the beauty.

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Old 01-29-2019, 10:02 PM
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I finally got an accepted offer. Woohoo!!! I ended up buying a used National NRP 12 fret from a dealer out in Seattle. I was a bit nervous with the temperatures WI was having, thinking the neck would crack like a drying log during shipping (given the sub zero temps) but all was well and good. I'll do an NGD in the main forum, but here's a quick pic of the beauty.

Woo hoo!! Now THAT'S a happy NGD!!
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:15 PM
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Awesome! You're going to love it!
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:23 AM
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Hi,
I used to wn and love a Style "O" Deluxe and it was, indeed, a magnificent instrument -sooo loud! but oh sooo heavy.



I traded it for a wood (laminate) bodied Estralita



I have a friend who is a pro blues/ragtime who played a steel body for a long time , I found it very shrill.



Haven't seen him fora while but seems he's playing a style "O" Deluxe like I used to have - maybe it's mine - who knows?



I also play Dobro which of course is a spider version (with a Beard cone) and the sound is great for square neck but not what I'd call a blues sound.

I have never owned a National tri-cone.
Around 10 years ago I bought a National Style 1 tricone from a small shop in London somewhere (bought over the phone and don't recall what it was called). Sounded great but I could never get on with the very rough, open pore 'unfinished' finish on the neck which, for an expensive guitar, I thought was a cheap cop-out frankly. I quite fancy another tricone, and Mansons have a used Regal RC-57 I'm going to check out. Specs are good, condition is good.
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