National Tricone guitar with diamond holes.

Hawaiian neck, Serial number?

One of a handful of handmade Tricones with hand cut and soldered grills, this instrument also had a set of 'seven extra' diamond shaped holes in the body. Apparently this particular instrument was stolen from The Dobro factory in Huntingdon Beach. Anyone know where it is now?

Tricone with diamond holes in body pic

Tricone with diamond holes in body pic

If you have any better pictures of these instruments, I would really like to have them to add here. Please contact us if you can help. These two scans are courtesy of British National guru Mark Maikin. Thanks Mark!


Style 2 Tricone with diamond holes.

Hawaiian neck, Serial number 133.

At the time this picture was taken, in 1987, #133 was in Britain, it is one of only 2 engraved instrument with diamond holes that we know of. The other is also a style 2 with serial #132.

Tricone with diamond holes in body pic

National Gallery publicity photograph - 1987 ( photograph by David Messer )
From left to right: Mark Makin - Michael Messer - Ed Genis - Mike Cooper.

More information is available on the band HERE at Michael Messer's site.


Style 1 Tricone with diamond holes

Hawaiian neck, Serial number 112.

Michael Lee Allen writes: Bought from one of George Beauchamp's relatives. In 1929 or 1930 it went back to the factory for replacement cones and a case. When it was made National didn't even have cases available. The tailpiece has broken while stored.

Brozman states that numbers started at #100, so this may well be the 13th instrument Rudy Dopyera produced

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

tricone 112

Although frequently called "woven", the hand cut grill strips on this instrument has the long strips layered over the short. I know of several others (#132, #133, #161, #191, and the no serial# Spanish neck) all with this pattern.
This was the norm and the ONLY instrument I know of with actually "woven" grills is #113, pictured below.

Once production commenced a press was used to form and stamp the grills in the top sheet of the body.

Our thanks to Michael Lee Allen for use of these pictures. We hope to see the restored instrument one day!


Style 1 Tricone with diamond holes

Hawaiian neck, Serial number 113.

And the 14th!

113

113

113

113

RETURN TO HOMEPAGE


Valid HTML 4.01 Transitional Valid CSS