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Aug 12, 2020 - 1:00:33 PM
3878 posts since 5/1/2003

I bought a '36 L-00 yesterday. This is the case candy. Just wondering what's the vintage and value of these pieces?
Though the guitar needs a boatload of work,it was virtually unplayed and 2 of the fingerpicks were bent very small for a child's fingers. Theres no wear on them.The thumbpicks are small too.
Thanks in advance.


Aug 12, 2020 - 1:24:22 PM

310 posts since 3/12/2014

Looks like a slide.

...Deb

Aug 12, 2020 - 1:28:45 PM

7716 posts since 8/28/2013

I'd guess it's a guitar slide.

Aug 12, 2020 - 1:31:27 PM

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It looks like a steel slide for a Dobro and some picks. Jerry Douglas made this demonstration just for you, check it out. Jerry Douglas

Aug 12, 2020 - 2:21:57 PM
likes this

beegee

USA

21878 posts since 7/6/2005

The picks are probably worth as much as the Stevens bar.

Aug 12, 2020 - 3:47:32 PM
like this

979 posts since 12/8/2006

Those are "steels", not slides. "Slides" are tubular (in more ways than one, Dude) and fit on a finger.

Aug 12, 2020 - 3:52:09 PM
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lapsteel

Canada

433 posts since 8/13/2015

Please show photos of your guitar.

Aug 12, 2020 - 6:22:28 PM

3878 posts since 5/1/2003

Ok. I was too vague. I know I've got a steel bar and picks.
I was hoping some national pick expert would tell me what these 75 yr old virtually unused nationals were worth.
I don't know how old the Stevens bar is,just trying to find the value.

I don't want to post guitar pics in this banjo section.

Edited by - Ks_5-picker on 08/12/2020 18:29:37

Aug 12, 2020 - 6:55:21 PM

464 posts since 1/24/2004

I've never seen an original box for a Stevens bar before. With the box it may be worth something to the right collector/Dobro player.

Aug 12, 2020 - 7:11:53 PM

1079 posts since 5/19/2018

That is an original Stevens Steel in an original box. I have never seen one with the original box. Dobro players and slide players near kill for one of those.

The picks, well...worth a good deal also.

I just love case candy, your finds just about beat all.

Aug 13, 2020 - 3:11:45 AM

1500 posts since 11/27/2005

 
The older Nationals are early ones worth between 100-200 dollars per set depending on the market I buy them all of the time.
 
Joe
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ks_5-picker

Ok. I was too vague. I know I've got a steel bar and picks.
I was hoping some national pick expert would tell me what these 75 yr old virtually unused nationals were worth.
I don't know how old the Stevens bar is,just trying to find the value.

I don't want to post guitar pics in this banjo section.

 


Aug 13, 2020 - 9:55:12 AM

3878 posts since 5/1/2003

Many thanks for all your input.
Joe,pm sent.

Aug 13, 2020 - 10:12:43 AM

5589 posts since 9/21/2007
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"Dobro" is/was a trademarked brand name of a type of Hawaiian Guitar. Sometimes called "Steel Guitar"-- it is a "Hawaiian Guitar."

I guess attaching Bluegrass to the Hawaiian music that swept the world after "The Bird of Paradise" and became major popular culture does not play into the narrative of Bluegrass origins.

Edited by - Joel Hooks on 08/13/2020 10:14:35

Aug 13, 2020 - 10:40:42 AM

55642 posts since 12/14/2005

Here's a sound track of the 1920 hit
"Bird of Paradise" on Hawaiian guitar.

https://youtu.be/0bA3BgF2SqY

As I understand it, slack-string wooden top guitars were already in use in Hawaiian music, before the Dopyera Brothers began selling the guitars with the aluminum cones inside.

The patent for the resophonic guitar is December 1929

Aug 13, 2020 - 11:20:33 AM

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mike gregory , yes, that is correct. The history of the Hawaiian guitar is well documented and all starts with Joseph Kekuku.

I recommend a great book titled "Kika Kila" on the subject.

The "Dobro" was a patented design of the aforementioned instrument.

For some reason in bluegrass nomenclature "Dobro" has become the generic name for "Hawaiian" or "Steel Guitar" especially a resonator guitar played with a steel in the Hawaiian style.

Aug 13, 2020 - 9:23:30 PM

3325 posts since 5/29/2011

Kind of like the name Xerox has become synonymous with any kind of photocopy machine.

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