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2013 National M1 Tricone Cutaway SOLD




Comments Here’s a pristine and unusual instrument – a 2013 National M1 Tricone Cutaway. This cutawy version of the M1 doesn’t even appear on the National site!

This lightly-used fine example is in nearly new condition, and appears to have been hardly played at all.

Based on the traditional National Tricone, the M1 uses a mahogany laminate instead of metal for the body. This provides a warm, full tone without the brash harshness that metal bodies sometimes produce – not to say that’s a bad thing, but sometimes a warmer sound is desirable.

As well, the wooden body allows a somewhat lighter weight. The M1 is listed as 6.5 pounds, about 2.5 pounds less than the NRP tricone in metal.

The National Tricone when introduced in 1927 was a successful attempt to increase the volume of guitars, which were struggling to keep up with ever-increasing stage volumes and alas, the 100-watt Marshall stack had not yet been invented. It seems musicians have been fighting the volume wars for quite some time.

To reduce production costs, the design rapidly shifted to a larger single-cone body and the Tricone started to disappear, until the new National Reso-Phonic resurrected the design.

Serial Number The label number is 236 and the neck number is 18703, built during March of 2013 at the National shop in San Luis Opisbo, California.
Pricing $1,750.00 CAD with original case. SOLD
Neck Honduran mahogany neck with grained-ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard and mother of pearl dot position markers. Slotted peghead with National Shield decal logo. 12 frets to the body, scale length is 25 21/32nd inches, nut width 1.825 inches.
Frets Original frets with no appreciable wear.
Body M1 cutaway tricone body with waffle soundholes. The body is based on the traditional Tricone design but uses a mahogany laminate instead of metal.
Finish Mahogany red finish with gentle shading around the edges. Finish is in excellent condition.
Hardware/electronics Entirely original, National branded nickel tuners, nickel tailpiece, three six-inch National cones with cast T bridge, maple saddle.
Playability/Action Plays very well. Currently set up for a combination of fingerstyle and slide, the action is not electic-low but is perfect for the mixed-bottleneck style.
Case Original Hardshell Archtop National case included.

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