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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.

Front view Bass side view Treble side view Back view

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Dobro name

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


Front of peghead Back of peghead


Views of Fretboard, Front of Body, and Lower End


Fretboard Front of body

Lower end of body


Bridge and Tailpiece


Bridge Tailpiece


Pickup (Exterior and Interior Views)


Pickup cover Pick up


Controls (Exterior and Interior Views)


Controls cover Controls


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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