The original 1930s Duolians were National’s budget guitars, and as such, were often the model of choice for blues players wanting to be heard above the sound and fury of a juke joint. Like the musicians, the guitars led hard lives, and most of the surviving instruments require a repair regimen, if not complete resurrection. The Dueco is the remedy. And it comes with something those old guitars don’t include — rock-solid reliability. The Dueco is available in both the early 12-fret, large-body or later 14-fret, small-body version. That steel body houses National’s 9.5-inch handspun resonator — a new resonator that’s so sweet sounding many players insist on swapping them into their vintage guitars. Best yet, the new Dueco boasts a truss-rod-supported neck that won’t bow like a piece of archery equipment. You can choose the Dueco in either the traditional gray-green crystalline frosted or the rare golden finish. And playing the Dueco is like playing the best vintage Duolian — except there are no rough edges, no roadblocks, no excuses needed. It’s like stepping back in time and finding a brand-new National, and instead of compensating for 80-year-old foibles, you can focus on making music.

stock no. 45938

ModelDueco, Green crystalline
Back and sidesSteel
Frets to body12
Nut width1.825"
Scale length25"
Bridge materialMaple biscuit
Fretboard MaterialEbony
Neck materialMahogany
InlayMother of pearl dots
CaseOrig. Hard
FinishGreen crystalline
Serial No20288
Total frets19