National originally introduced its Style 3 Tricone in 1928 with an elaborate “Lily of the Valley” design created by founder John Dopyera with inspiration from his wife Elizabeth. As with those rare originals, the brass body, coverplate, and handrest of Style 3 guitars is individually hand-engraved with that original 1920s pattern. The mahogany neck is capped by an engraved ivoroid headstock overlay with a matching heel cap. The ebony fretboard is set off by mother-of-pearl diamond position markers. As National humbly promised in the restrained prose of one of its 1920s advertisement, “The attractive and unusual appearance never fails to make a favorable impression upon an audience.”
This Style 3 is in great shape. Shows some signs of wear but overall great condition. A Highlander Magnophonic split saddle pickup was installed by National. Pre-amp included. Comes with original hardshell case.