23 October 2015 MY 2009 NATIONAL "The Mississippi delta was shining like a National guitar," sang Paul Simon, and here is mine shining for all its worth. The original blues guitar, Nationals went out of production for many years and the old ones were always coveted but of mixed quality. Mark Knopfler famously put a 1937 National on the cover of Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms. But in recent years they have gone back into production. Many say they sound way better than before. The result is a whole new range of metal resonator guitars. I bought mine last year. It is a pre-owned 2009 National Style 'N' Reso-Phonic in 'German Silver'. It's not really silver. They just call it that. It's actually a nickel-played alloy. But it plays and sounds great. And I have just used it centrally on a track on my new album - the follow-up to Hendra - due out next Spring.more
On [his site](http://cwstoneking.com/instruments/), Stoneking specifies: "The Style N was custom built for me by National and is based on the earliest Style N Guitar models from around 1930. Though some of the plainest looking National guitars, the Style N was the top of the line single-cone model of it’s day. This guitar has a nickel-plated, German silver body with the old style un-ribbed coverplate with soldered on handrest, mahogany ‘Tricone’ style neck with old style fixed bar instead of a truss rod and a straighter than usual neck width, un-bound ebony fretboard with old style pearl dot marker layout."more
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