1995 OMI Dobro DW-90 Resonator Guitar

This '90s OMI Dobro is a well-made, lightweight, punchy instrument with a voice similar to a cross between a wood-bodied vintage Rosita or the like and a 12-fret Duolian. It's punchy and midsy and has good cut but with a mellow "spank."

I've gone through it and now it's a quick player and ready to go. These have shorter scale lengths than comparable Nationals and feel springy under the fingers. The necks are also a heck of a lot faster than old and new Nationals, with a modern-style slim-medium C shape but a vintage-style flat fretboard.

It has a National-style (non-ribbed) biscuit cone under the hood and a steel soundwell. The body itself is ply maple.

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, side dots added, saddle compensation, cleaning, setup.

Body: ply maple

Cone type: single cone

Bridge: biscuit (maple)

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: maple

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 52w-11 custom light

Neck shape: slim-medium C

Board radius: flat

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium

Scale length: 24 1/2"

Nut width: 1 11/16"

Body width: 14 1/4"

Body depth: 3 1/4"

Weight: 5 lbs 9 oz

Condition notes: aside from mild playwear/usewear in the body and some tarnish to the metal hardware, it's in great shape. During my neck reset I replaced the single remaining original "mushroom" brace for the dowel with three bigger blocks that are sturdier and will keep the neck joint tight and rigid. I also recut the truss rod access area so a normal truss wrench can be used. These were cut for a type of wrench that almost no one has on hand so I figured it would be nice to have it useful for other folks. The rod is pretty heavily-adjusted right now but will turn some more if need be. I replaced an original spacer washer (damaged as it got cranked-down sideways) with a different one from my parts-bins.

It comes with: an original TKL, Dobro-branded hard case. It's not pictured but is in good shape with mild wear.


Brian said…
I have this exact same guitar with 085 in the number stamped on the headstock compared to the 082 on yours. could have been built in the same week. They are good guitars. Very easy to play and have the wood body single cone sound that so many look for. They were still being built in California at this time. The build quality is really nice. These don’t show up for sale all that often. Sound great in your video.