2010 National Triolian Wood-Body Resonator Guitar

Most modern National resonators are good but none float my boat quite like the recent wood-body models. I'm always impressed by how lightweight, rugged, and good they sound -- this guy has the volume and presence of an old 12-fret Duolian but with a cleaner, more-fundamental, woody sound. The older vintage National wood-body boxes are not quite at all like that -- they have more of their own thing going which is nice but not as immediately relatable as something like this guy -- which pretty-much sounds "like a National" but with a lot less weight.

Anyhow, this one came-in on consignment and (thankfully) it had already had its neck reset so that was out of the way. Most newer Nationals need the neck angle adjusted after a few years out in the world and not having to do the job (like I had to do on all of the ones previously before reselling them) was a lucky thing. I did, however, give it a glorified setup and now it's playing spot-on and it's ready to go.

It's a clean guitar and only lightly-used and it has a great, forest-green-burst paint scheme.

Repairs included: a light fret level/dress, saddle adjustments and compensation, cone seating (I tack them in place with a tiny amount of aluminum foil tape so they don't shift-around when detuned), setup.


Top wood: ply

Back & sides wood: ply

Bracing type: ladder

Bridge: maple biscuit & saddle

Fretboard: rosewood

Neck wood: mahogany

Action height at 12th fret:
3/32” bass 1/16” treble (fast, spot-on)
String gauges: 54w-12 lights

Neck shape: medium-bigger C/soft V

Board radius: ~10-12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: medium-wide


Scale length: 25"

Nut width: 1 13/16"

Body width: 14 1/4"

Body depth: 3 1/8"

Weight: 5 lbs 15 oz


Condition notes: it's clean and basically just "shopworn" save for a tiny bit of finish checking right where the heel meets the body on the neck -- something that was hard to photograph, even. There's also a tiny ding in the back of the neck (pictured) in first position.


It comes with: its original hard case.




















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