NMM 6756. Electric Lap Steel Guitar by National-Dobro Corporation, Los Angeles, 1936.
Dobro No. 1 Electric Hawaiian. Serial number 1142.
Ex coll.: Walter Carter, Nashville, Tennessee. Board of Trustees, 1999.
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The National-Dobro Corporation produced aluminum lap steels under the all three of their brands: National, Dobro, and Supro. The Dobro No. 1 Electric Hawaiian was introduced in 1935 and went through a series of minor variations before it was discontinued two years later in favor of the wood-bodied model (see NMM 11255). Length: 923 mm (36-1/2").
Front and Back Views of Peghead
Views of Fretboard, Front of Body, and Lower End
Bridge and Tailpiece
Pickup (Exterior and Interior Views)
Controls (Exterior and Interior Views)
Literature: Timothy D. Miller, The Origins and Development of the Pedal Steel Guitar, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2007), p. 34.
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