|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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