NBN Guitars

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Andy Bennett

This Colorado Springs Gazette article showcases Andy Bennett's craftsmanship and his Cripple Creek guitars.


NBN is listed in The History and Development of the American Guitar by Ken Achard.

Stephen Stills' NBNs

Gold-plated early National with custom NBN neck

In a January 1976 Guitar Player cover story article Stephen Stills is holding up this National in the mountain meadow photo, and it is half shown on the other story photo.  Here's another (unpublished) photo from the article shoot.  And another from a Caribou Ranch sale article.

In a June 1979 International Musician and Recording World cover story Stills is playing the National on the cover photo.  Here's the cover photo, scanned and cropped.  The National is not mentioned in the article.  It can be seen but not especially well in a couple of black and white photos in the article.

This resonator can also be seen on the back cover of the Stills album.  Here's the album picture, scanned and cropped.  Here's the same picture from the back of the Stills album songbook, scanned and cropped.  Here's another photo of the National from the songbook.

NBN 5-string long neck banjo

In the January 1976 Guitar Player article Stills lists this banjo (mistakenly listed as N.B.M.).  The banjo can be seen on the cover photo.

Here and here are photos of Stills playing his long neck NBN banjo in concert.

Magic Music

Magic Music was a very popular Colorado group in the 70’s and was  the first group to play NBN guitars. They would play at the shop from time to time and were hard core NBN advocates. View their website for their wonderful story, amazing photos and info on the documentary The Magic Music Movie.

Chris Daniels

Chris is a longtime NBN guitar and banjo player.  An R-2 is featured on this video of "Sister Dolores".  Check out his website for info on Chris Daniels and the Kings!

Bill Danoff

Bill Danoff is perhaps best known for writing (with his then-wife Taffy Nivert) "I Guess He'd Rather Be in Colorado" and "Take Me Home, Country Roads," both of which were hits for John Denver.

Danoff and Nivert recorded several albums before forming Starland Vocal Band which released "Afternoon Delight" in 1976.

They were responsible for putting together film director Robert Altman and producer Jerry Weintraub for the film Nashville.

Danoff also worked with Emmylou Harris, co-authoring "Boulder to Birmingham" with her.

Here's a photo of Bill Danoff playing his NBN Series 3 on a John Denver TV special, as well as on thisthis and this additional video. Also, here is a video showing Jon Carroll playing Bill's R-3 during a Starland Vocal Band performance on The Merv Griffin Show.

NBN Repair

Mike Wittmer

Mike first encountered NBNs in the early 1970s seeing Magic Music perform. Band member Chris Daniels let him sample his NBN and he was hooked. Mike was playing a Martin D-18 at the time and soon paid a visit to the NBN shop. Impressed by the craftsmanship he ordered his R-2 which he still enjoys. Mike has recorded a few songs on his NBN which can be seen at MDWGraphics.com


A mass of streaks of rain appearing to hang under a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.

Recorded on my M-2-12 with some electronic enhancement.

Video by Paul Turner