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Steel guitars first appeared in the 1920's long before electric amplification was available, these steel bodied guitars reflected the needs of their owners. Playing in tents and juke joints guitarists needed something that could keep up with the monstrous talent of the loud frontmen (and women) of the era. National Reso-Phonic steel guitars are up to five times louder than your average un-amplified acoustic guitars, which made them perfect for early recording technology that needed a loud, projected sound to produce a decent 78rpm master disc. While steel guitars are predominantly used for Jazz and Blues their rich tones and natural amplification make them great to play and add interest to any acoustic group.