The Style O is probably the most famous and widely known instrument in the National range.
The classic Dire Straits album, "Brothers In Arms", and the greatest hits release both
feature Mark Knopfler's beautiful late 30's 14 fret Style O on the cover.
The first 500 or so had steel bodies, which did not take the plating very well.
After these the bodies became brass.
If in doubt the easiest way to check is to place a fridge door magnet on the body.
If it sticks you have a steel body, if it doesn't you have a brass (or in some cases copper!) body.
Also be aware that some have backs/sides/front made of non-matching materials.
There are even a few with German silver bodies as well.
This is the back of a style O ukulele
( Notice there is no boat! )
This pre-dates the Silvo range of instruments. At this time, before the Silvo instruments were in production
National advertised that you could send your 'old', single cone National in to the factory and they would replace the cone with this electric asssembly!
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