We present to you a celebration in art deco – a gorgeous pre-space age rocket ship of a steel guitar, made during a period of postwar enthusiasm and hope for the future. We believe this to be a National Grand Console - i.e., 2 eight string necks, 1 pointer knob, 1 round knob, 1 selector switch between necks, and those nifty totem pole markers. This model has twin rounded headstocks, each finished in black; 8 tuners protrude upwardly from each headstock.
This light weight and easy to carry lap steel measures approximately 32 ¼” in total length, 7” in width at the widest part. It has the National (“Trade Mark, Reg. U.S. Pat. Office”) metal crest in red, blue black and silver, held to its headplate with two small brads. It has six tuners, each with a wizened ivoroid button (which could break apart when the guitar is tuned), hidden behind twin long nickel-plated metal covers each bearing three art deco lines on its back.
The NRP Tricone borrows many of its features from our single cone NRP guitar. The body is made from thin-gauge steel and has a formed back. Each is carefully hand painted at National's factory in San Luis Obispo, Ca. A mahogany neck clears 12 frets to the body and features an unbound ebony fretboard complete with inlaid mother-of-pearl position markers. Tuners are vintage-style engraved, open gear.
Retail Price is $2900
There are few 20th Century art deco designs as beautiful as the design of the German Silver (which is a fancy way of saying nickel alloy) prewar National single cone mandolin that are as easy to play – and LOUD? Don’t ask! This 8-string powerhouse is remarkably powerful, with original hard shell case. There are few 20th century art deco designs as beautiful as the design of the German Silver (which is a fancy way of saying nickel alloy) prewar National single cone mandolin. This one plays nicely and sounds incredibly good. THIS WAS $3087. IT IS NOW ON SALE:
a wonderful sounding and attractive wood-body resophonic instrument built with a slotted headstock, having an engraved headstock logo, vintage style National tuners. It utilizes a bone nut, an ivoriod heel cap, an ebony fretboard and a biscuit bridge. The guitar’s fetching, enticing body is made laminate mahogany - but then so were its prewar antecedents. It comes in a fine hard shell case.
The National List Price is $3300
This model is built of polished nickel-plated brass, and then sand-etched with dramatic Hawaiian scenes of bucolic enchantment. One of the most beautiful guitars in the National stable of exceptional replica metal bodies, this one is etched with the island, the canoeist, the volcano (can’t not have the volcano), the clouds, the sun, the sparkle of the sun off of the gentle waves.
The Estralita Deluxe, developed in 2001, is constructed of walnut back and sides, figured maple laminate top triple bound with ivoroid/black/ivoroid. The walnut neck features an ivoroid bound rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl diamond inlays. The slotted headstock is overlaid with white pearloid and engraved with the National logo. Tuners are vintage-style engraved, open gear.
One of the loudest fretted instruments you will ever, in your life, hear. Handsome, robust, useful, full of both vim and vigor, this is a mandolin for the extroverted and the musician who needs to be heard.
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