Slingerland May Bell Cathedranola Resonator guitar – U.S.A. – 1932

Slingerland May Bell Cathedranola Resonator guitar 1932 - The Guitar Database


Acoustic Hollow Body Resonator guitar


Spruce top, mahogany, koa or birch back and sides, mahogany neck

Rosewood fretboard, or (imitation) golden mother-of-pearl fretboard


The striking Art Deco-inspired acoustic Cathedranola guitar is now a sought-after collector’s item. This instrument was designed to compete with the popular Dobro and National resonator guitars of the time, without infringing any patents.
For the Slingerland resonator guitar, a spruce disc was placed under the metal plate, which acted as a second recessed soundboard. Some experts call this a false resonator. Although the Cathedrale didn’t have as much volume as its rivals, it sounded louder than a standard guitar and had a uniquely sweet tone.
The guitars differed enormously, each guitar was finished differently. All copies of this model do have the two striking sound holes that resemble cat eyes.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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