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1929 National Triolian

National’s Triolian was introduced in 1928 as a wooden-bodied budget instrument. By sometime in 1929 the model had changed to steel, and the first Triolians came off the line sporting Bakelite necks with integrated fingerboard and nut. Many of these guitars were sent back to the factory for replacement necks as these Bakelite necks were prone to failure. Today original necked early Triolians like this one are very rare and hard to come by.

The guitar is 100% original and unmodified. It’s been well played through its life and shows the finish wear of a 90 year old well-used guitar. But the steel body is in excellent shape, without seam separations or significant damage. Original tailpiece and cone are in very good condition as well, and the guitar sounds very much as you’d hope it to.

The guitar’s neck angle has never been reset, and the string action is lap-style high. It does sound incredible with a slide bar played Hawaiian, but you’ll want to reset the neck if fingerstyle blues is your thing.

Low oval neck carve, 1-7/8” nut width.

With original hardshell case.

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