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1929 National Triolian

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After a performance in Douglas, MI a couple years ago a woman came up and asked me to take a look at her Dad’s old resonator guitar. It was a 1929 National Triolian with a Bakelite neck in very good shape. I ended up buying it and later learned from National Guitars, that it was built in January or February of the first year they made this guitar and was the oldest one they had ever heard of still in existance.

Bob Brozman was performing at a guitar festival nearby a couple months later and a friend who knew him suggested I come to the concert and bring the guitar thinking Bob would want to check it out.  We caught up with Bob after the show and he looked the guitar over, pointed out a dent in the cover plate then played a bit on it.  Needless to say, it sounded incredible in his hands.  After a few minutes of playing, he said “Close your eyes”.  Now he’s Bob Brozman, king of the slide guitar world so, of course, I closed my eyes.  As soon as I did, I heard a loud BANG!  Bob had taken the cover plate and yanked on it by the saddle cover and pulled the dent completely out.  He said, “I didn’t want you to see that because sometimes the cover piece breaks off when you do that”

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