This is an incredible design, absolutely beautiful. Fitted with steel strings, this instrument has a remarkable sweet tone.
National advertised this body as being built as either a uke or a mandolin, "just request a 4 string or 8 string neck" (and the tailpiece and bridge of course).
Sadly not a great pair of pictures, but this is an even earlier tricone uke, this time with the style 2 engraving. The National catalogue lists style 1, 2 and 3 tricone ukuleles with round coverplates, we have never seen a style 3. (An even earlier style 3 with triangular coverplate recently turned up at a 'Goodwill' shop in Nebraska!)
Although these ukuleles with 3 cones under a round coverplate are from very early in the history of National, there are two tricone ukes known with triangular coverplates, which we believe predate even the instrument shown here.
Recently received, these spectacular pictures are of one of these instruments.
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