Dobro M-47 Resonator Lumalite Guitar
Description: Dobro M-47 Alumalite Resonator Guitar
Available: 1937 to 1940.
Collectibility Rating: D-.
"Fiddle edge" body style with lips around the top
and back edges, Aluminum metal body (known as the "Dobro-Lite" or "Lumalite"),
mahogany grain painted sunburst finish, dot fingerboard inlays, unbound rosewood
fingerboard, 14 frets clear of the body, round window soundholes, painted
resonator plate, peghead with "Dobro" decal. Retail price of $47.50,
slightly fancier and expensive version of the M-46. Appeared in catalogs
in 1938 (but may have been available a year earlier), and hence should
always have a pickguard (or at least two holes in the body where a
pickguard was mounted). Discontinued in 1940. The aluminum body makes
for minimal midrange and practically no bass. Also this models have a
serious problem with paint adhesion (paint just doesn't stick well to
aluminum). The worst sounding Dobro fiddle edge, but sold (correctly)
as being "light as a feather".
If you need to figure out the exact year of your Dobro M-47 guitar, use the serial number
from the serial/model number label.
See the Dobro Serial Number Info web page
for help determining the exact year.
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