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From The Chinery Collection

Dobro Guitar—Artist Model
Regal Musical Instrument Company
Chicago, Illinois
Around 1940

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.

Listen to comments from guitarist G.E. Smith:

 
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