Dating a gibson melody maker
Dobro was eventually purchased by National, which in turn became part of the Valco company, which went bust in 1968, but that's a separate story.The Dobro brand is currently owned by Gibson and the Dobro resonator guitar is an American classic.All instruments ship fully insured for the full purchase amount.This electric guitar is what started this whole guitar building adventure.
Czechoslovakia's biggest contribution to American guitar building was of course made by John Dopyera.Since then, a lot of new information has come to light, enough to dedicate this third installment of "Guitars Of The Cold War" exclusively to guitars built in Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic has a rich musical instrument building heritage.The Bohemia region is renowned for string instrument manufacture.Some of the world's best violins and cellos come from this part of the world.Petrof pianos have been built in Hradec Kralove since 1864, Hofmann & Czerny in Jihlava since 1871.
When I wrote my original article about Eastern European guitars [Guitars of the Cold War, Vintage Guitar Magazine, January 2002], I was still in the process of researching the roots of these instruments.