NRP BlackRust

The original Duolian arrived in 1930 as National’s basic steel-bodied, single-cone guitar and soon became famous for its musical sound. Our NRP B Series replicates the vintage Duolian — and these modern reissues surpass most old ones in quality, playability, and even tone. The thin-gauge steel body is period-correct, featuring flat-cut f-holes, traditional sieve resonator coverplate, and a formed back. Still, no two NRP guitars are exactly alike: The bodies are finished with a multi-stage, hand-textured finish for an individual look and semi-smooth surface profile that emulates the original Duolians. The mahogany neck with truss rod is capped by an unbound ebony fretboard complete with mother-of-pearl position markers. Vintage-style plain tuners, ebony nut, and “National” stamped into the slotted headstock complete the look of this classic. But it’s the trademark sound that makes these guitars so special — almost like a ghostly evocation of the best vintage 1930s Duolian. The sound is powerful and loud, while still being deep and warm. Like the hallowed originals, the NRP is steeped in mojo.

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Specifications

Standard

  • Body - Steel

  • Neck - Mahogany

  • Fingerboard - Ebony

  • Headstock - Slotted

  • Tuners - National

  • Body Finish - BlackRust

  • Neck Finish - Satin polyester

  • Case - National Deluxe Hardshell

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DIMENSIONS

Nut Width - 1.82"

String Spacing E-E - 2.31"

Body Depth - 3.125"

Scale Length - 25"

Fingerboard Radius - 16"

Weight - 7 Lbs 4 oz.