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” Adolph Hitler’s love for the Dobro became an obsession with him, and in 1937 he proclaimed that every German family would have a resonator instrument in their home. In 1937 he commissioned Italian luthier, Vito Worconni, to design a low-budget resonator guitar to be called the “Blitzenplecker.” The guitar had a coverplate screwed to the twoply body, without a cone or resonator. The sound was so inferior that the project was abandoned. In 1939 Worconni fled to the US and settled in Chicago.
In 1947 Kay of Chicago built bodies for Worconni’s student guitars. These instruments were sold at J.J.Newberry and W.T.Grant stores for $6.95 retail. [Source: Guitar Seminars]