Here is a used National Style O “VS Delphi” round neck resophonic acoustic guitar. This particular example, serial number 12537 (label serial #1894), is in very excellent all original condition and includes the original hard case.
The Vintage Steel Delphi features steel body construction with a ribbed sieve-hole coverplate, just like the pre-war original resonator guitars. In the 20’s and 30’s thousands of musicians discovered the punch and power of the original Nationals. The Delphi captures the classic sound and style of the originals, with the quality and features that modern players require.
The Delphi has a steel body, coverplate and has rolled “F” holes. It’s mahogany neck meets the body at the twelfth fret and includes rosewood fretboard, cross-grained ivory binding, dot markers, slotted headstock with the traditional National “shield” logo decal and three-on-a plate tuners.
The name “Vintage Steel” refers to the plating process that National uses. The satin-nickel plating on each Vintage Steel instrument is designed to look aged with use and the passage of time.
The tone is a more refined version of it’s thin gauge steel brothers, with a ringing tone and plenty of lush overtones. Jump jazz chords sound right at home on the Delphi, while still retaining that famous steel bite that Nationals are famous for.
Aside from very light oxidation to several small areas of the matte finish, the guitar is in very excellent all original condition and has very few actual playing hours on it. It was recently purchased from the orignal owner who purchased it new from a Los Angeles guitar store several years ago. It was recently setup with Pyramid .012s, and it plays and sounds great. It weighs 8 lbs. 6 oz.