Resonator guitar (Tricone model)

National String Instrument Corporation (American)

Object Place: Los Angeles, California, United States


Length 98 cm, width 36.2 cm (Length 38 9/16 in., width 14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Nickel silver, ebony, plastic

On View

John Axelrod Gallery (Gallery 326)


Americas, Musical Instruments



Body and neck of nickel silver. Three resonators in body covered by grillwork plate with screen mesh in geometric openings. Geometric grillwork in upper half of body. Belly, back, and ribs engraved with floral patterns; edges of body and neck engraved with wavy lines. Headstock of mahogany. Tuning machines of nickel silver and brass with knobs of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony with binding of white plastic and fret markers of pearl dots. Nineteen frets of nickel silver. Nut of ivory. Original hard-shell case.


Decal on headstock: NATIONAL/ TRADE MARK; stamped on body: PAT. 1762617/ PAT. 1741453/ OTHER PAT. PEND./ MADE IN USA; stamped on headstock: 34 79


1998, sold by the Music Emporium, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 18, 1998)

Credit Line

Helen B. Sweeney Fund