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Ca 1935-40 Fiddle Edge Round Neck DOBRO M35

It’s well established that metal body DOBRO resonators were made by DOBRO and Regal only between 1935 and 1940, that’s it.

And oh la la is this guitar a stunner, all original with no excuses.

This rare and unusual example has an actual polished brass top and back with polished steel sides, not the 100% sheet metal body as described in most literature.  And like all metal DOBROs of this era it has the 14 fret neck with a bound red bean wood fret board on a comfy V shaped mahogany round neck. Cool engraved Kluson tuners with amber buttons and the gold metal flake paddle head stock only known to be on M35s.

This one is from the original owners family who said he was in the Navy and hence the old school  “Seabees” decal on the headstock, which we won’t remove, because  it’s such too cool mojo!!  

The construction of the Regal/Dobro metal body was quite different than National guitars. Regal/Dobro tops and backs were fastened to the sides with a unique rolled method that required no soldering. The resulting lip around the edges gave rise to the name “Violin Edge” or, “Fiddle Edge” as it was known around the factory. This construction method was only used from 1935 to 1940. All later model metal Dobro’s which were in production from the 1970s to the present are easily identifiable because they lack this fiddle edge.

These resonator guitars differ from the metal body Style O Single cone National resonators in that they are much more loud and clear with that haunting spider cone sound both blues and country slide players seek…

Recent total inspection, neck re set, professional set up with new maple saddle and general Reso-Magic all performed by Marc Schoenberger – National Guitar Repair. All work of absolutely stunning caliber with action set for finger style slide play by even the most accomplished of players.

Not many of these vintage resonator guitars out there in such honest condition.

This is a truly magnificent musical instrument.

Year: ca 1935-1940
Manufacturer: National / DOBRO Guitar Company
Model: Model 35 Dobro Guitar
Case:  Hard
Color: Polished brass top an d back with steel sides
Condition: Excellent