Here's the best steel-bodied National model you can get for the tone...
... This claim is just based on the characteristics of this one, no hazardous marketing here.

Highly collectible, this early exemplar of the walnut finish production is a 3 pieces body construction (top & back soldered to the side) unlike the later Triolians made after April 1930 & all the Duolians (on those last ones, the top and side was from one stamped piece of steel with a stiffer reaction to vibrations).
This type of construction gives a little something you just can't find in other metal-bodied National guitars...

If you're not convinced, please contact Mike Lewis (of "Fine Resophonic", one of the very few best National guitars luthier & keeper of the resonator guitars heritage) who restored it back at the end of 2010 for a neck stick scoliosis. He did a wonderful job to bring it up to the best playing conditions for slide & non-slide uses (new frets & neck set).

Neck is made of maple, body is steel.

Cosmetic conditions :
The original "National Triolian" badge is still intact.
The body finish is in good condition if you considered that most of those walnut finishes have peeled off with time. A few scratches here & there, mostly on back, a little corrosion on the side & back but no indentation...
The original maple fretboard has been refinished in the original way by Mike Lewis in 2010.

Authenticity :
Everything is original except the tuners...
... BUT I've replaced the 30's OAHU SAFE-TI tuners found on it with vintage National ones used at the same period. Those tuners are not exactly the ones you would find on a 1930 Triolian, for those tuners were used just a little later.
Unfortunately, I didn't got this one with the original case, but it will be sold with an adapted hardshell case.

The most important about tone is that you have here an original cone & biscuit in excellent shape.

This particular model represents (to me) the epitome of delta blues in matter of tone, and don't forget: you can play a lot more styles with it !

OFFERS WELCOME !
I'm in France and know how to safely pack a valuable instrument.
For more details, please don't hesitate to contact me !

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Very Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
Brand National
Model Triolian
Finish Walnut
Categories Resonator
Year 1930
Made In United States

Easy dealings, fast and very well packed. THX!!!!

Tchad B. - June 18, 2019

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1930 National Triolian Walnut RARE "3 pieces body"
€4,499EUR
+ €80 Shipping