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National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic Guitar


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The National Style 1.5 Tricone Resophonic guitar is patterned after the original instrument made in 1927 with a functional Art Deco industrial design. It is made of brass, highly polished and plated with either bright nickel plating or a custom Antique Brass treatment! The round, mahogany neck has an ivoroid bound ebony fingerboard. The headstock has the National logo inlayed in mother-of-pearl and vintage-style tuners!

To create the National Style 1.5 Tricone, a touch of elegance is added to the Style 1, with hand-engraved double-cut lines encasing a wiggle stroke around the front, side, and back edges of the nickel-plated brass body!

The National Style 1.5 Tricone features new National Spun cones. The Hot-Rod alloy material is much more sensitive and responsive to a light attack compared to the standard 9 1/2″ biscuit cone. They provide more harmonic content to the trebles, endless sustain and the sweet tone that thrilled the professional Hawaiian players in the 1930s and 40s.

Great for Blues but the enhanced harmonic richness means it can crossover easily into conventional fingerstyle stylings as well!

Sold with its original National branded hard shell case.

Here’s what the builder says about the National Style 1.5 Tricone:

“Seeking a little something special to distinguish your Tricone? Just as National offered back in the 1930s, the National Style 1.5 is an upgraded version of the Style 1.

A hand-engraved, double-cut wriggle pattern borders the top, sides, and back of the Brass body. The ebony fretboard position markers are dressed up in mother-of-pearl diamonds. A stylish ivoroid headstock overlay provides the finishing touch of elegance, complete with engraved accents and the National shield logo.

The sound, though, is as clear and bright as the Style 1, heralding what National promised way back in 1927 was “a new step in the advancement and progress of string instruments.”

National Style 1.5 Tricone Specifications: 

  • Top – Nickel Plated Brass
  • Back – Nickel Plated Brass
  • Sides -Nickel Plated Brass
  • Neck – Mahogany
  • Fingerboard – MOP Dots
  • Body Binding – NA
  • Fingerboard Binding -Ivoroid
  • Nut – Bone
  • Headstock – Slotted
  • Truss-Rod – Two way adjustable
  • Headstock Veneer – NA
  • Tuners – National
  • Body Finish – Nickel Plated Brass
  • Neck Finish – Satin polyester resin
  • Case – National Deluxe Hardshell


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  • Model: Style 1.5 Tricone
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Nickel Plate
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, 19594 shown
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 29/09/2020

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.592lbs 4.36kg
  • Scale Length: 25.6563in 651.67mm
  • Nut Width: 1.82in 46.228mm
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