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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: National Resophonic 1133 student model


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Steve1133 - Posted - 01/01/2021:  13:56:06


Hi there! Newb post. A model 1133 has come up locally and i am considering making an offer. I am curious what the market is like on these guitars historically. Is it a guitar i would have any trouble moving should i not stay in love with it?

Thanks for any and all advice.

docslyd - Posted - 01/01/2021:  15:59:35


Simply my opinion...being neither a true resonator instrument, nor a solid body electric, it occupies a niche category. As such it appeals only to the buyer who is specifically looking for that type of guitar...a rather narrow market. I see these on ebay frequently, however, I don’t know the price range. In any case I wouldn’t over pay or be desperate...A fairly recent sale on the Steel Guitar Forum was $900.00.


Edited by - docslyd on 01/01/2021 16:03:04

Steve1133 - Posted - 01/01/2021:  16:30:22


Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated. There are none on Reverb or Ebay right now so i am trying to get a sense of their rarity.

Wildeman - Posted - 01/01/2021:  20:36:14


I kinda like 'em, fun little guitars. They do actually have a decent reso tone too. I would not want to be into one for more than $650.00 myself, especially if it was going to be my only reso, that's getting into Republic Tricone, OMI Dobro territory.



Funky Valco stuff is pretty popular right now, so as long as you get into it cheap enough and its in good shape, it will be easy to flip imo.


Edited by - Wildeman on 01/01/2021 20:39:37

Russ Young - Posted - 02/06/2021:  12:12:16


So did you buy it, Steve?

I had one a few years ago (pictured). It was finished with white pearloid, which is sometime called “MOTS” (Mother of Toilet Seat). Some are simply painted wood, which seems less desirable to most buyers ... so they’re probably cheaper. I sold mine about 15 years ago for $1,000+, but that was to a serious collector.

They have a very distinctive tone — someone described them as “sounding just like a National—played over a telephone line.” But they’re unique and fun, so if you’re so inclined, I’d say go for it.

Russ Young - Posted - 02/06/2021:  12:14:50


quote:

Originally posted by Russ Young

So did you buy it, Steve?



I had one a few years ago (pictured). It was finished with white pearloid, which is sometime called “MOTS” (Mother of Toilet Seat). Some are simply painted wood, which seems less desirable to most buyers ... so they’re probably cheaper. I sold mine about 15 years ago for $1,000+, but that was to a serious collector.



They have a very distinctive tone — someone described them as “sounding just like a National—played over a telephone line.” But they’re unique and fun, so if you’re so inclined, I’d say go for it.






 



 

Steve1133 - Posted - 02/06/2021:  12:50:30


Oh is that a square neck model? Very very nice! The one i picked (to answer your question!) is the round neck model. MOTS as well. In great shape and super fun to play. I expected the tuning to be wonky at that scale length but once the stings settled, it's actually pretty stable. Strung it with some pure nickel 12-56. I can pm you a couple videos if you like.

Steve1133 - Posted - 02/06/2021:  12:52:53


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Russ Young - Posted - 02/06/2021:  13:34:16


Nice! I’m glad you took the plunge ... it sounds like you are, too.

And now it comes back to me; the square neck is a Model 1033. The round neck is an 1133. I always had a hard time keeping that straight.

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