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National Style 1 German Silver


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When he invented the original National Tricone all the way back in 1927, John Dopyera was seeking to create a louder guitar with internal amplification — but he also insisted that the guitar’s tone be absolutely clear. His groundbreaking design patented in 1927 with three resonating cones projected the guitar’s sound so it could be over the sound of dancers and cut through a band or orchestra.

As John rightly boasted, “The Tricone guitar flowed like a river,” and the company’s early ads proclaimed it “The Greatest Musical Sensation of the Age.” Now, ninety years later, Tricones are still revered by musicians everywhere for that special sound. Like the originals, our Style 1 Tricone is built with a Brass body and coverplate — the same, unique alloy used by the Dopyera Brothers. 

And like those guitars, the body, coverplate, and tailpiece are nickel plated and polished to a mirror-like shine.

The mahogany neck is finished in a rich, warm burst and fitted with an ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard. The vintage-style tuning machines work on the classic slotted headstock, topped by the famed National shield decal. An early National advertisement in 1927 touted the Tricone’s tone, power, and quality of sound, and the new reissues proudly carry on that tradition.

National Style 1 Specifications

* 1 25/32″ wide nut
* bound ebony fingerboard
* slotted peghead
* mahogany neck with V profile
* 12 fret neck-to-body joint
* T-bridge on three 6″ spun National cones
* 14 1/4″ lower bout dimension
* 3.125″ deep body


Price: $4689 CAD
  • Model: Style 1
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Nickel Plated German Silver Body
  • Class: New
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New

  • Not Consignment

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.2lbs
  • Scale Length: 25 21/32in
  • Nut Width: 1.82in
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