**This is a pre-loved instrument in excellent condition. There is very little in the way of wear, and only a few small marks on the body. For further information or more photographs, please don't hesitate to call.**
Comes with the original case.
The National Resophonic company presents the National Resophonic Triolian, featuring a steel body with walnut burst finish and a single cone. Available in original style 12 fret or 14 fret necks, these guitars produce a full, rich and lush vintage tone.
The National String Instrument Corporation patented and produced the first resonator instruments in 1927, responding to the constant need for more volume. The first instruments used three small cones – the classic Tricone design. In 1928, the single-cone design was introduced as a way to cut production costs, but this met great controversy within the company.
The National Triolian was originally introduced in late 1928 and built until 1938. Originally a wood-body guitar with a single resonator cone, in 1929 the Triolian was given a steel body. For much of the first year, a Bakelite neck was used but this miracle material turned out to be unstable and was replaced with maple.
In late 1934, the neck was changed to a 14-fret design, and to accomodate this, the body was ‘shortened’ – the scale length is the same at 25 inches, so there is no difference in string tension. This 14-fret body evokes an ‘OM’ (Orchestra Model) shape, while the original 12-fret model resembles a slope-shoulder dreadnought. Some players find that the larger body on the 12-fret model provides a slightly deeper tone and the 14-fret a little more ‘bark’.
The ‘Triolian’ name is a holdover from the name given the original prototypes, which had a trio of small resonators under one round coverplate. This proved too complex, and so the design, but not the name, was changed to the single cone we see now.
The ‘Duolian’ was a very similar instrument, but with less decoration, and an unbound mahogany neck.
The National Reso-Phonic company re-issued the steel body models in 2009, in both 12 and 14 fret designs. These are very high-quality instruments built to modern standards yet producing full, rich vintage tone. It *is* possible to have the best of both worlds!