John Dopyera was a Slovak-American inventor and entrepreneur, and a maker of stringed instruments. His inventions include the resonator guitar and important contributions in the early development of the electric guitar.

 

For the full history on all aspects of this maker see National Banjos and Banjo Ukes section of Colin McCubbin's awesome site.

banjo_ornate_headstock
banjo_plain_front_14

John Dopyera  1893 -1988

us-50-star-flagth