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National Steel Guitar-(Tricone model) This beautiful guitar is made of nickel-plated brass and weights ten pounds. I play it with a slide on my finger made of a broken bottle neck.

The steel guitars were invented in the mid-1920's for playing Hawaiian and Jazz music. They are also perfect for blues and especially slide guitar. (Notice the wonderful art deco design.) John Dopyera invented and made the instrument (as well as the Dobro) in Los Angeles.

When the electric guitar was invented in the 1930s the National Steel guitar fell out of favor. The company was revived again in the 1980s...and the new instruments are even better than the old ones. (see Links Section) The sound is made by three thin aluminum cones which project the sound of the strings and give the instrument its distinctive sound.

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