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"My father passed this guitar—in great condition—down to me. I'd never sell a family heirloom, but I'm curious: Is it worth much? - K.W., Idaho Falls, Idaho" -L.L., Jackson, Michigan
1935 Dobro Resonator Guitar
Professional appraiser Helaine Fendelman identifies and evaluates your collectibles and antiques.
WHAT IS IT?
Your guitar was made by Dobro, a Los Angeles string-instrument company founded by the Dopyera brothers (hence the firm's name) in 1928. The Slavic duo's signature design eschews the typical all-wood guitar face for one featuring a metal resonator, which emits a louder sound—an important innovation in the days before electric amplifiers. By the late '30s, the Dopyeras had licensed their designs to Regal, a Chicago-based manufacturer. Gibson eventually purchased the Dobro trademark in 1993, and today sells the strummers starting at around $600 a pop. Your Model 27—with its full-size body, round neck, and double screen-hole cutouts above the resonator—really resonates with collectors.
What's It Worth: $2,000
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