National Triolian Resophonic Mandolin (1931)
National Triolian Model Resophonic Mandolin (1931), made in Los Angeles, California, serial # 721W, brown sunburst enamel finish, steel body, basswood neck with ebonized fingerboard, black road case case.
This is a great example of an early walnut finish National Triolian Mandolin, the most popular of the California company's depression-era 8-string creations. With a retail price of $40.00 in the early 1930's, this steel-bodied machine offered a lot of sonic firepower for the player's hard-earned money. This is one of the loudest mandolins you will ever hear, but played more softly has a surprisingly rich bell-like tone. Perfect for ragtime and jugband styles, and a great match to any walnut finish Triolian guitar.
Overall length is 27 1/2 in. (69.8 cm.), 12 3/4 in. (32.4 cm.) width, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) deep. Scale length is 15 in. (381 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.). A suburb example overall-the enamel finish on this Triolian is in very clean and still shiny condition, though it does show some playwear with typical dings and dents to the edges and small areas of rubbing down to the undercoat. The handrest on the coverplate has lost the enamel finish off of its top surface, and the back of the neck is down to the wood in the typical places. All original finish and hardware, no alterations or repairs except possibly an expertly-fitted newer saddle. This is the best sounding and playing Triolian mandolin we have had, ungodly loud yes but with a rounder and more fluid tone than many. Includes a very high-grade (and very expensive!) custom-built road case made in a tenor banjo shell (The body is wider than a standard-shaped mandolin). Excellent Condition.
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