|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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