Dobro Guitar—Artist Model
Regal Musical Instrument Company
John Dopyera left the National String Instrument Corporation
to form the Dobro (Dopyera Brothers) Corporation around 1928.
The following year his company started manufacturing a new design
of resonator guitar, usually with a wooden body and a single
metal dish-shaped resonator. These instruments became particularly
popular among country musicians like Bashful Brother Oswald of
Roy Acuff's band.
Around 1932 National and Dobro merged, and five years later
Regal bought out the exclusive rights to manufacture Dobro guitars.
Regal-made Dobros like this one all have metal bodies.