A 1990 National Reso-phonic Dobro Model M-1
Serial No. 156, in sunburst finish, bound mahogany body, single resonator cone, cover plate with nine diamond-shaped cut-outs and handrest, upper bout f-holes, mahogany neck, nineteen fret bound ebony fingerboard with dot inlays, headstock with imitation mother-of-pearl facing, wooden bridge and metal tailpiece; and a black hardshell contour case with burgundy plush lining and Lee Dickson's handwritten tie-on label National Resophonic Sunburst 56 and adhesive paper label similarly inscribed

Lee Dickson said that this guitar was used on the soundtrack of the 1992 film Rush. Eric Clapton is pictured playing this guitar at The Royal Albert Hall in 1994. (See illustration)
National Reso-phonic Dobro/Sunburst
MARTEN, Neville Would You Buy A Used Guitar From This Man? Article in Guitarist, 15th Anniversary Special, Clapton Issue, June, 1999, p.82

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Clapton referred to Duane Allman as the only person he considered to be a major dobro influence on him. "...He could play dobro any way, and in fact played it his way. The first dobro playing I heard that seemed to have a freedom of expression was definitely Duane's. I wasn't aware of that until we were doing the 'Layla' sessions, and there were a couple of ballads where he decided to play straight dobro. It was the only time I heard dobro that wasn't strictly confined to being country dobro - meaning lap-style dobro, very regimented..."

In a recent interview with Neville Marten for Guitarist Lee Dickson said "...I got this reissue Resophonic from Westwood Music, when we were doing the film 'Rush'. I was just in the store buying some bits and pieces and I picked this one up and it was a great fingerstyle guitar...I took this one back to Eric and he liked it and used it".

The stage-shot illustrated shows Eric Clapton playing one of the two opening Robert Johnson numbers Terraplane Blues or Come On In My Kitchen, on this guitar, at The Royal Albert Hall, London, between February 20 and March 6, 1994.

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