• Fine Musical Instruments auction at Christies

    Sale 2588

    Fine Musical Instruments

    27 November 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 39

    DOBRO

    AN ELECTRIC-ACOUSTIC HAWAIIAN LAP STEEL GUITAR, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, CIRCA 1970

    Price Realised  

    This lot is offered without a reserve

    DOBRO
    AN ELECTRIC-ACOUSTIC HAWAIIAN LAP STEEL GUITAR, HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA, CIRCA 1970
    The headstock bearing the logo DOBRO, the wood body of an eccentric design after Weissenborn, fit with one D'Armond pickup and a Dobro resonator, length of body: 32 1/8 in. (81.5 cm)


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    With an amazing ability for creative output, the combined efforts of the Dopyera Family lead to the developments of new musical technology that would leave its mark across a wide array of disciplines. In 1925, the Dopyera brothers, including John, Rudy, Emil, Ed and Louis, developed a new type of guitar with substantially more volume, allowing it to compete with other modern day instruments. The creation became known as the resophonic guitar, also referred to as Nationals or Dobros, short for Dopyera Brothers. The distinctive sound of these instruments is loud and crisp, making it a favorite in Bluegrass, Hawaiian, Gospel, Blues, Ragtime and Jazz. In addition to these well-known instruments the Dopyera brothers continued to experiment and create other resonator musical instruments through their lifetime and many companies, including the National String Instrument Corporation, the Dobro Manufacturing Company, the National Dobro Corporation and the Original Musical Instruments Company.

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    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE DOPYERA COLLECTION (LOTS 31-40)