National guitar dating
Last few wood models have stenciled Hawaiian scene.
Steel metal body, Maple fingerboard with binding, Walnut sunburst finish or Polychrome tan-yellow finish with red & blue highlights, Sunburst models have ebonized fingerboard, Polychrome fingerboard finish is clear with faint red & blue highlights, Stenciled black Hawaiian scene with orange sun on back, Bakelite neck used 1929-1930 but discontinued due to warping & cracking (no binding), Flat cut f-holes.
Polychrome Metal body Roundneck: C , Sunburst Metal body Roundneck: C, Metal body Squareneck: D- (At new, it was fancier than the .50 Duolian, but still very common.
And the maple neck doesn't sound as good as the mahogany neck Duolian.
While dating your electric guitar or acoustic guitar can be tricky, the places listed below should give you an idea of the date for your vintage guitar through its serial number.
There are many factors that can affect the value of your vintage guitar.
If the guitar has been altered, it can depreciate the value of the guitar tremendously.
If you are having trouble finding the date of the guitar you are researching, try emailing the manufacturer and see if they can help date the instrument.
If you have a vintage National Triolian guitar for sale, please contact me at [email protected] body, Maple fingerboard, no binding, Round maple neck, 12 frets clear of the body, Slotted peghead, Flat fingerboard radius, "National Triolian" decal on peghead, Multi-hued Polychrome tan-yellow finish with pink & purple highlights, Opaque neck & fingerboard finish same as body, Decal on back was first a flower bouquet, then changed to a hula girl.
I would really like to find a 1934 National Triolian in Polychrome with 14 frets clear of the body!
If you need to figure out the exact year of your National Triolian guitar, use the serial number.
Instruments I have recently completed include two single cone Nationals, a Duolian and a Triolian, both are in excellent condition, the Duolian is as mint as I have seen in a very long time! Great body and neck, missing tailpiece, missing 2 tuners, fingerboard is snapped at body join under the fret. (Unless I can source the parts in which case I'll fix her up and she'll go for a lot more! There is a small dent in the bass bout, and a pick scratch on the coverplate, see pics, but apart from that it is as clean as you can hope for.
I recently completed set up on a Style 1 tricone guitar and a style 1 tricone tenor. Clearly marked 'sample' on the neck stick and on the body. Dobros don't normally have a neck stick that travels under the cone, but the fiddle edge instruments like this one did, they had a shallower cone well and a cone with lugs inside the cone to allow the cone to sit higher. With 2 serial numbers (S649 on the body and 2356W on the headstock), this is almost certainly a style O body with some sort of factory blemish that was then finished with paint as a Triolian.
I'm proud to announce that in conjunction with Colin Mc Cubbin's notecannons collection I will be offering for sale a variety of the more exotic resonator instruments from that collection over the next few months, as well a some of my own instruments. From the golden years of the Duolian, this is from Marc's collection. An extraordinarily rare Dobro, especially in this condition.