National Triolian Resonator Ukulele (1931)

National  Triolian Resonator Ukulele  (1931)

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National Triolian Model Resonator Ukulele (1931), made in Los Angeles, serial # 610, brown sunburst enamel finish, steel body, polpar neck with ebonized fingerboard.

This is a very nice example of the original Triolian Ukulele from National in California, the plainest resonator uke but still costing a whopping $25 in 1931 which was more than even most fancy wooden ukes. The "Walnut" (two-tone brown) finished steel body is the newer smaller style, making this instrument one of the first built after National reduced the uke body size in 1931. The small square-cut peghead has National logo with a "Triolian" banner in shield, and mounts friction tuners with celluloid buttons. The bound dark-stained fingerboard has pearl dot inlay. There are not many things in this world with a higher "Cool Quotient" than an original National Ukulele, and this is one of the nicer ones we have had.
 
Overall length is 22 1/2 in. (57.2 cm.), 7 in. (17.8 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) in depth at side. Scale length is 13 3/4 in. (349 mm.).

Some general wear overall, but the enamel finish is better preserved than many of these with mostly chips to the edges and some wear to the handrest. The fingerboard binding and the nut have been replaced (with the correct grained ivoroid) but there are no other repairs evident. Everything else is original including cone, biscuit, and tuners, and even the fragile National shield decal is well-preserved. This one is a lovely player and has the expected great sound. Excellent - Condition.