from my personal collection. Featured on italian magazine Guitar Club June 2004 issue, pages 76-77.
Nickel plated brass body with sanded hawaiian scenes,
12 fret round neck. The nicest version of the Style 0, the one with
the 'rolled-in f-holes' and the ribbed cover-plate. Structurally
solid, this guitar is in excellent conditions both in function and look
and has the typical loud and sweet sound of brass-bodied Nationals.
Perfect ebony fretboard with pearl dots and new frets. Original and well
preserved logo. Original cone. On the flip-side of the cover-plate
somebody etched "WS AUG 1934", maybe the original owner.
Many pictures online: we have tried to document beauty
and originality, but also the flaws: a dent on the lower body rim
(dent); the bridge cover
re-soldered to the cover plate (cover); the replaced binding on the
treble-side of the fretboard (binding); the back of neck probably sanded to
wood and then oversprayed (neck) with a
non-original strap button and a hole from another button now removed
(neckjoint). Tuners: these are Klusons, and rivets
instead of screws reveal they are from the late '30s or early '40s, so
they are not the ones originally installed; probably the guitar has been
used for a while as a straight hawaiian lap-guitar, as a string-raiser
mark behind the nut suggests, and tuners were reversed upside down with
the buttons towards the headstock front for an easier access: now they are
in the correct position and there is a small hole visible right above the
plate from the old reverse position (see tuners).
You know we
love to describe avery flaw with the greatest care... but now let's talk
about how beautiful and rare this guitar is! Nickel is shiny, sanded
drawings are clear, sound is fantastic, conditions are stunning for its
Sorry, no case at the moment, we hope to
locate one soon.
body1 - body2 - body3 - back - body
back - cone - well - cover - cover2 - headstock - dent - tuners - binding - neck - neckjoint