About Us


Don Young was the proprietor and chief bottle-washer at Don’s String Shop in Los Osos, CA. Don’s shop offers vintage instruments, strings and repairs right in the center of town, next door to the famous Carlock’s Bakery. Don is well known to many as a long-time owner of National Reso-Phonic Guitars.

National Reso-Phonic Guitars is a manufacturer of resonator guitars and other resonator instruments including mandolins, ukuleles and 12 string guitars. The company was formed in 1989 by Don and McGregor Gaines, in a Californian garage. They measured old resonator instruments of all makes and designs, and produced reproductions under the “National” brand name and trade mark, as originally used by the National String Instrument Corporation for the very first resonator instruments