National Reso-Phonic’s Style 1 Tricone is built with a Brass body and coverplate the body, coverplate, and tailpiece are nickel plated and polished to a mirror-like shine. The neck is mahogany neck and it has a ivoroid-bound ebony fingerboard. The vintage-style tuning machines work on the classic slotted headstock, topped by the famed National shield decal.
National Reso-Phonic’s Style 1 Tricone is one the most beautiful guitars ever made. The Tricone-style resonator guitar was invented in 1927 by John Dopyera, who wanted to build a louder guitar in those pre-amplified days that retained the warmth and clarity of a wooden acoustic guitar. His groundbreaking design settled on three resonating cones which projected the guitar’s sound so it could be over the sound of dancers and cut through a band or orchestra. National’s early ads proclaimed the Tricone as “The Greatest Musical Sensation of the Age” with a tone that “flowed like a river.”
National Tricones were immediately popular with Hawiian steel guitarists but they also found a home with blues musicians like Tampa Red and jazzers like Oscar Aleman. In the 1930s, while he was living in France, Aleman played his Tricone on some of the finest jazz guitar records made before World War II, and I say that as a huge fan of Django Reihnardt. Sadly, when Aleman was leaving Paris after the Nazi occupation, his original National was confisacted at the broder and it was malted down for scrap. National Reso-Phonic’s new Style 1 Tricone perfectly captures the look, sound and feel of the originals.
stock no. 56344
|Model||Style 1 Tricone|
|Top||Nickeled brass body|
|Back and sides||Nickeled brass body|
|Frets to body||12|
|Nut width||1 3/4"|
|Bridge material||T bridge|
|Inlay||Mother of pearl inlays|
|Binding||Ivoroid fretboard binding|
|Resonator||Handmade 3x 6" (15.2 cm) cones resonator|
|Tuners||Vintage-Style National machine heads|