1999 – DOBRO Guitars: The family of late steel guitar great Shot …

1999 – The family of late steel guitar great Shot Jackson donates his signature black Dobro guitar to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Dobro is a trade name now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar.
1928 Dobro style 37 tenor guitar from Lowell Levinger’s collection
1928 Dobro style 37 tenor guitar from Lowell Levinger’s collection

The name has a long and involved history, interwoven with that of the resonator guitar. Originally coined by the Dopyera brothers when they formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company, in time it came, in common language, to mean any resonator guitar, or specifically one with a single inverted resonator. This particular design was introduced by the Dopyeras’ new company, in competition to the already patented tricone and biscuit designs owned and produced by the National String Instrument Corporation.

The Dobro brand later also appeared, quite legitimately, on other instruments, notably electric lap steel guitars and solid body electric guitars and on other resonator instruments such as Safari resonator mandolins.

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