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National Style 1 Tricone Squareneck 1929 (Consignment) No Longer Available

November 13, 2012
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Comments Here’s an excellent-condition National Style 1 Tricone Squareneck from 1929. This is an early example of a production resophonic guitar – the first production took place in 1927.The resophonic instrument was invented in 1925 by John Dopyera at the request of George Beauchamp. Beauchamp was a promoter who found that as venues and audiences grew, so did volume levels and as amplification hadn’t been invented, many instruments were just not loud enough. The reso-phonic design is much louder.

This fine Tricone appears to be entirely original and is wonderful shape. The angular cover of the Tricone model really adds to its unique aesthetics.

Serial Number 1540, built in 1929.
Pricing $2699 CAD with newer National case.
Neck Mahogany head on hollow neck. Slight flaking of the National decal on the headstock.
Frets No fret wear! Scale length is 24.75″. Bound ebony fingerboard.
Body Nickel-plated brass body with hollow neck. ‘PAT PEND’ stap at end of fingerboard.
Finish Nickel plated finish, no engraving other than patent and serial numbers.
Hardware/electronics Original components in nickel plate. 3-per side strip tuners with ivoroid buttons.
Playability/Action Squareneck instruments are made to be played with a steel, so ‘action’ means that the strings are high enough to not clatter on anything.
Case Newer National Hardshell case included.

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