The Dobro resonator guitar is a traditional American instrument that, since its development early in this century, has been a staple of American music heritage. Its popularity has steadily increased, so Dobro-style resonator guitars are now built by a variety of new and established instrument manufacturers, as well as custom luthiers. The Dobro story begins with the five Dopyera brothers, stakeholders in the National Instrument Company in the s. John and Rudy held patents on instruments they'd invented and left National to form the Dobro Corporation short for Dopyera brothers. National attempted to duplicate the Dopyeras' guitar designs during the Depression as Dobro instruments rose in popularity, but Dobro acquired National and gave the Regal Instrument Company of Chicago a license to manufacture and distribute Dobros.
Lesser-used styles are the poinsetta petal and row-style, which had two rows of rectangular slots. Logos: The earliest logos on the peghead featured a gold border that later was red.
More expensive models had inlaid celluloid logos with black lettering on a cream-colored background. Determine if your instrument is a pre-war Dobro model. The Dopyera Brothers had many variations of their resonator design.
Some pre-war models were short-lived, and others continued for many years. These were also discontinued by Determine if your instrument is a newer Dobro.
Gibson is producing some models of Dobro resonator guitars, as are other companies affiliated with well-known Dobro players, such as the Tut Taylor line produced by Crafters of Tennessee and the Jerry Douglas instruments produced by Beard Guitars. These are high-quality instruments suitable for the most skilled players and are built to the high standards the Dopyera brothers set so long ago.
Apr 23, This website (unsure how reliable) states that Gibson bought the name in , therefore your guitar if 96/97 might not be Gibson. The serial number could give you a clue- that website also tells you what the numbers mean. This would give you the year of the guitar accurately and model. Feb 21, Could maybe fit if body code could be first character? a '75 (d5)? But then there are too many number characters. OMI Dobro: 8 (#)### yD configuration. 8 is the decade of manufacture (8=s). 2 or 3 or 4 numerals in center are serial number for year. Numeral y before letter is last digit of year. Last character is body type: D=wood, B=metal. Serial number on a M metal body. Dobro Serial Numbers. to Dobro Serial numbers by fatgirlnmotion.com Note the to serial number info is not very accurate. For example I own a Dobro metal body M with the serial number According to the list below it should be But no metal body Dobro existed before
They will hold their value and even appreciate for years to come. Gain some perspective on your Dobro's worth by considering the factors of age, condition, any modifications from its original configuration, model number and playability.
Higher-end models and older instruments in their original condition will have the greatest value. Definitely a modern one.
Not a Pre War. Hope this helps. Thanks Howard, I think the B is Brass on the metal body.
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And not sure the 4 may be 74 So far I have been told it may be a 31 and may be a 71 I hope to get a correct ID on the guitar before I do anything with it. Anyone know where to find information on correct year of this dobro. It is a brass body.
I just gave it to you. Call Elderly or Gruhn.
Apologise, but, dobro serial number dating was and
If I'm right you can buy me a beer. Howard is right and even if he isn't he is still much closer than whoever told you it was a Here's a catalog from that approximate era with your guitar pictured.
There may not be a number on the end of the headstock, as this one was made in the mid 's by Regal under license by Dobro. Some of these had serial numbers, and some did not. The year I.D. wasn't started until late by O.M.I. The model like yours are for sale very often on . You can check there and see what they go for. Usually $$ Most of the double-Cyclops guitars date to '33 and '34, but Dobro apparently made a few as late as ' California Dobro-made guitars appeared under a variety of brand names in the early s, sold either through catalogs or by private music studios (guitar schools). SSSS= Sequential Serial Number Example - T is a Elitist model. Dobro (present) A(A) (#)###YY A(A) = model code (#) ### = ranking number YY = last 2 digits of year Example - BA xxx 95 dates to Current YMMDDRRY Y = last digit of year MM = Month DD = day of month RR = ranking number Y (last digit) = decade.
Note the model 33H in the catalog linked above has a plastic cover where the truss rod adjustment would be. Most will be 5 to 6 digits in length, but the earliest examples feature 4 digit serial numbers.
There should be a space after the 1st digit with the 4 and 5 digit serial numbers, and no space with the 6 digit numbers. The 1st and 2nd indicate the year of manufacture for the 6 digit serial numbers which we've been using since Gibson USA to present - These serial numbers cannot be dated to a specific day of the year.
May 15, Although it is one digit short, your number seems to most closely match the current Dobro numbering scheme, which would mean it was built in (post-Gibson): OMI Dobro: Y (#)### D configuration. Y is last digit of the year (if this number is "3" it is actually ).Missing: dating. Look for a serial number stamped on top of the peghead to determine the approximate manufacturing date. Soundwell and cone: Early Dobros had a wooden ridge . Found the info. The dobro is a OMI Brass body model D with square neck. Thanks for all the input and help from each of you. Dobro Serial Numbers OMI Dobro: - - - - - early .
The new model year typically launches in the fall as the current model year winds down. It is not uncommon for a new model year model to be produced during the previous model year example - a model may have been built in late Example: 7 is the rd reissue model produced in NOTE - as of1st digit will be a "2" Examples: is the 9th carved top produced on the st day of CS Signature Models: The list below is not an exhaustive listing but we have included many of our most popular Signature models.