From National –
“When he invented the original National Tricone all the way back in 1927, John Dopyera was seeking to create a louder guitar with internal amplification — but he also insisted that the guitar’s tone be absolutely clear. His groundbreaking design patented in 1927 with three resonating cones projected the guitar’s sound so it could be over the sound of dancers and cut through a band or orchestra.
As John rightly boasted, “The Tricone guitar tone flowed like a river,” and the company’s early ads proclaimed it “The Greatest Musical Sensation of the Age.” Now, ninety years later, Tricones are still revered by musicians everywhere for that special sound. Like the originals, our Style 1 Tricone is built with a Brass body and coverplate — the same, unique alloy used by the Dopyera Brothers. And like those guitars, our body, coverplate, and tailpiece are nickel plated and polished to a mirror-like shine. The mahogany neck is finished in a rich, warm burst and fitted with an ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard. The vintage-style tuning machines work on the classic slotted headstock, topped by the famed National shield decal. An early National advertisement in 1927 touted the Tricone’s tone, power, and quality of sound, and our new reissues proudly carry on that tradition.
The vintage-style tuning machines work on the classic slotted headstock, topped by the famed National shield decal. An early National advertisement in 1927 touted the Tricone’s tone, power, and quality of sound, and our new reissues proudly carry on that tradition.”
- Nickel Plated Brass Top, Back and Sides
- Mahogany Neck
- Mother Of Pearl dots
- Ivoroid Binding
- Bone Nut
- Slotted Headstock with National Tuners
- Two way adjustable Truss-Rod
- Satin polyester resin Neck Finish
- Pickup installed
This lefty resonator is mighty close to all original with no repairs or alterations – except for the addition of a pickup, which may been factory spec, or a later edition.
That said it has no extra holes or modifications of any kind. This National sounds great, looks stunning, and plays cleanly. There is some tarnishing of the metal in places, but absolutely no dings, dents, depressions or dimples.
There are no structural issues and most importantly, no rattles. It is certainly loud, but not harsh. This one plays beautifully, with a rich, clear voice, and lots of character.
This one is pretty much as it left National in 2011. A very nice modern triple-cone resonator guitar with unpretentious presentation and a powerful sound.
Comes in its National hard case in good condition.
2 good video demos of same model –
Finger Style - https://youtu.be/Z2hWrnHWBj0
Slide - https://youtu.be/3pBtxzX6Ksk