Instrument Details

1930 National Triolian, Brass
SOLD
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Specs
Status
Sold
Brand
National
Product Year
1930
Model
Triolian Brass Body
Serial #
536W
New/Preowned
Preowned
SKU
2348
Condition
Excellent for age. Expert work by master Luthier Bill Tippin includes a neck set, refret, new replacement cone, new case and Highlander Biscuit Pickup installation. This is a National that plays like a new guitar and has another 80 years in it!
Body Type(s)
Medium, Resonator
Back & Sides
Other
Top
Other
Neck Wood
Maple
Bridge
Biscuit Bridge
Rosette
F Holes
Fingerboard
Ebony
Fingerboard Bindings
Ivoroid
Fret Markers
Dots
Frets to Body
12
Headplate
None
Headstock Inlay
Builder Logo
Body Bindings
None
Tuners
National
Tuner Finish
Nickel with Ivoroid Buttons
Cutaway
None
Pickup
None, we can install one
Body Length
19.625 in
Upper Bout
10 in
Lower Bout
14.5 in
Body Depth Heel
3 in
Body Depth Tail
3 in
Scale Length
24.9 in
Scale Length (mm)
632.46 mm
Nut Width
1.88 in
Nut Width (mm)
47.752 mm
String Spacing
2.19 in
String Spacing (mm)
55.626 mm
Weight
0 lb. 0 oz.
Case
Hardshell - National
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Description

This is an extremely rare find in vintage Nationals. Here we have a 1930 National Triolian (the first year of production) in Walnut finish but we discovered underneath it is a Style O Brass body! According to Don Young at National Resophonic, during the depression nothing was wasted, so if the engraving in a Style O had a flaw they would paint it and sell it as a Triolian. Very few of these probably exist in the world and it gives this one a great story. The last owner had master Luthier Bill Tippin go over the entire guitar and lovingly bring it up to date with regards to playability and reliability. There is $1500 of repair work in this guitar. The neck was reset and refretted, a new cone was installed to increase the tone and a Highlander Biscuit pickup added for live use. Lastly it has a new National case so this one is completely hassle free, you get all the vintage tone but with modern playability and stability. So here's a chance for a very rare, Brass Body Triolian with no issues.

This one is very tempting so I hope someone buys it quick. I love old Nationals, but I hate the headaches that usually accompany vintage guitars.
 
I just can't help but wonder what this guitar has seen in its lifetime. It's in perfect playable condition and sounds great.
 
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SCALE LENGTH 24.9 in
NUT WIDTH 1.88 in
STRING SPACING 2.19 in
WOODS OTHER,
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This is an extremely rare find in vintage Nationals. Here we have a 1930 National Triolian (the first year of production) in Walnut finish but we discovered underneath it is a Style O Brass body!
 

This one is very tempting so I hope someone buys it quick. I love old Nationals, but I hate the headaches that usually accompany vintage guitars.
 
I just can't help but wonder what this guitar has seen in its lifetime. It's in perfect playable condition and sounds great.
 
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