The wood-body M2 is National Resophonic’s recreation of a pre-WWII single cone National Trojan. It is a very well made instrument and consistent with vintage Trojan specs.
But for the M2, National Resophonic added a little glitz with the addition of a pearloid head stock overlay and diamond-shaped fingerboard inlays.
The top and back are walnut-stained mahogany laminate, and the sides solid mahogany, bound in w/b/w. The cover plate over the single cone is brushed nickel. The neck is mahogany and bound in white ivoroid. The tuners are engraved, ‘vintage’ style open back units. There is an adjustable truss rod installed under the rosewood fingerboard, which meets the body at the 12th fret.
The lower bout is 14" across. Scale length is 25". The neck is carved in a modern-feeling 'C' shape and measures 1 13/16" across at the nut with string spacing 2 1/4" at the saddle/biscuit.
Overall, the guitar is in excellent, near mint condition with virtually no evidence of player wear.
The M2 benefits from the sonic power of National's aluminium biscuit cone but with the warmth and organic tone of a wooden body. The single cone design is great for players who like to experiment with alternate tunings and slide. They tend to have better sustain and a slightly brighter attack when compared with tricone resonators.
Action is set medium low and the guitar plays smooth and easy. It produces a strong single-cone wail when pushed, with nice sustain and ring, but it can also sound warm or funky, depending on playing style and attack .... a great blues guitar right here.
And this one features a super nice upgrade with the installation of National’s impressive Hot-Plate pickup system. Introduced at 2008's NAMM show, the Hot-Plate was designed in conjunction with National endorsee Mike Dowling who wanted an easily removable no-modification pickup assembly for his signature M2. The Hot-Plate houses a Lollar single coil Tele-style pickup, passive volume and tone controls, and 1/4" output jack on a conventional National ribbed cover plate. The pickup and controls do not come in contact with the guitar's cone so it doesn't have any effect on the acoustic voice of the instrument and it's perfectly safe to use on any biscuit bridge National.
Comes in its original National branded hard case in new condition.