Here’s another brilliant piece of ukulele history. National were (and to sone extent – still are) known for making the best resonator ukuleles on the market. Think of them as the Martin of resonator ukes.
This is an incredibly rare 1937 soprano triolian resonator ukulele. Shortly after this was made National abandoned the soprano resonator size and now only make concerts. This specific model features a really unusual ‘walnut’ finish. This is actually a paint applied to the steel body in a clever way to look like wood grain. ‘Wood graining’ was really popular in the thirties and many National and Dobro guitars were painted in this way. You rarely see these ukes come up on the market though.
It still plays great with that classic growl and punch that you get from all vintage Nationals. The cone and biscuit bridge is in good order.
Somewhere along the line an owner replaced the original metal tailpiece with a wooden saddle (probably to make string changes easier.) The original tailpiece is still with the uke though should anyone wish to swap them back over.
This is a very special heirloom quality ukulele and a superb piece of uke history that hopefully will be appreciated for many years to come.