Hi Saw a Republic of CL last week and moved to slow. So sort of got the jones for one. I have an older Wood body Dobro and a metal Johnson biscut. The Dobro is the better guitar but with the neck joining at the 12th it makes some things awkard. The Johnson joins at the 14th. As much as I'd love a national the price is too much. So looking around I see there are a lot of budget brands with good reps. None seem to make one that joins at the 14th fret. Is there a reason for that or is it just trradition.