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❌SOLD❌ National Vintage Steel Single Cone, 2005


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Based on the classic 1930’s ‘Duolian’ style design, this National Vintage Steel is a single-cone, 12-fret Resophonic guitar with a rubbed nickel finish.

The first instruments built by the National String Instrument Corporation were the famous Tri-Cone models and were invented to address the need for more volume in a time before electric amplification. While these models were certainly successful, they were also fairly expensive to produce and thus had a higher price. As the 1930’s opened, a single cone Resophonic design was introduced by John Dopyera of National. These were sold as the Duolian, with a steel body, and the Triolian with a thinner painted steel or wooden body. The National Resophonic Company still uses the Triolian design and name, but not the Duolian as Gibson apparently owns that trademark.

Here we’re looking at a National Vintage Steel from May of 2005 in rubbed nickel plate finish. It has a 12 fret Maple neck with slotted peghead – the slotted head allows for a steeper string angle without increasing the headstock angle. This guitar is in very good, clean condition with very little wear. There is some slight finish wear where the player’s arm would rest, but otherwise anything you might see in the photographs are simply smudges. Like other Nationals, this guitar plays very well and has an unmistakable warm tone with an undeniable presence.

The original hard shell case is included.

Price: $3,200.00 CAD
  • Model: Vintage Steel
  • Year: 2005
  • Finish Rubbed Nickel
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 1616, dated May 2005 at San Luis Opisbo CA
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 09/01/2024

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 9.064lbs 4.12kg
  • Scale Length: 25in 635mm
  • Nut Width: 1.834in 46.58mm
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