1931 National Silver Tenor Style 1


From the family of the owner who acquired this National Silver Tenor guitar in the 1940s, all original from the banjo style headstock and tuners (National Tenor Guitars went to a more standard guitar style headstock later in the 1930s) to the tailpiece. A great feeling neck, neck set and action, frets in good condition on the smooth Evony fretboard , huge volume from the original cone, no rattles or other setup issues.  The cone is the original spiral impressed aluminum.  From the earliest period of National’s guitar -shaped (rather than pear-shaped) Tenor guitars.  A fabulous historic yet functional instrument with signifcant tone and volume, that can be tuned banjo style, mando style or in other variations – currently Uke tuning GCEA. Come with a 1960s style hard case.


SKU: 5599 Category:
  • Brand: National
  • Model: Tenor Style 1
  • Serial No: 1199
  • Finish: Metal body
  • Made In Year: 1931
  • Top/ Back/Sides: German Silver (also known as nickel silver, a copper alloy 60% copper base metal, 20% nickel, and 20% zinc. It earned the moniker “silver” due to its silver-white color, but it contains no silver)
  • Neck/Fretboard: Maple/Ebony
  • Radius: 16″
  • Scale Length: 23″
  • Nut Width: 1-1/4″
  • Neck Profile: Soft V
  • Case: Original Harptone in VG Cond.
  • Issues/Repairs: Original tailpiece has what appears to be an older neat weld repair
  • Condition: Some tarnish to sides, otherwise Very Good+
  • Notes: Rare to find in original condition, plays well, comes with 1960s era hard case.