National Style "O" - The building year
In various articles the famous National Style-O on the cover of the Brothers in arms album is mentioned and I noticed that there are various years mentioned as the building year. That is a bit like the line from Industrial Disease: "Two men say they're Jesus one of them must be wrong". Of course, only one building year can be correct. Searching for information, this is what I found:
Main source used: http://home.provide.net/~cfh/national.html
National Style O Resonator Guitars
B1844 according to the official
Mark Knopfler Guitar Styles books.
Mark Knopfler's National Style O has the serial number
The B-series was used in the years 1936 and 1937:
Number range Year
B1 B1475 1936
B1476 B3550 1937
That would mean Mark's guitar is from 1937.
Other info on the National site:
The first issue from 1930 has the following specs:
And then it starts summing up all the changes that were made over the years. In the year 1937, this is mentioned:
When you look at the picture below (taken from a charity show on behalf of the Prince's Trust at The Hurlingham Club, London, UK on 9th September 2009), you can see Mark showing the guitar and you can clearly see the palm trees etched on the side of the body which matches the building year 1937:
So, both the serial number and the
palm trees on the side of the body indicate that it must be from
Listen to a nice sound sample of what Mark says about this guitar during the show from 9th September 2009.
The picture below is not Mark's actual guitar, but shows the exact same etched back as the famous one from this article: