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circa 1930s National Style 1 Tricone Ser. No. 1717. Most metal guitar aficionados will immediately recognize this instrument as a non-engraved Hawaiian style by noticing the square neck. This type of action requires a slide to play, and explains why a traditional, round neck Spanish configuration is worth twice as much as this Hawaiian style. Note how the back of this one-piece German silver body instrument is designed to also become the neck, with the headstock being held on with a single screw. As you can see, metal wears completely differently than wood, and metal oxidation becomes the major factor when determining this type of instrument`s condition. Courtesy Dave Rogers/Dave`s Guitar Shop.

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