John Dopyera developed the biscuit-bridge system for use in a ukulele, but felt the design did not sustain well enough when enlarged for a guitar. Beauchamp and Dopyera had been rubbing each other the wrong way for some time, and this came as the last straw. John and his brothers decided to split from National. The Dopyeras turned the resonator upside-down and modified its V shape into a W, connected to the bridge by a long screw through the center. A radiating spider carried the sound from the bridge to the edges of the cone.
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This iconic s resonator bears a few battle scars and has been spared a refinish. When it comes to steel-bodied resonator guitars, the original National Triolian is an icon. This particular example at Greenwoods Music in Liverpool matches the year and look of the Triolian used famously by Rory Gallagher, and exemplifies everything we love about the model. Produced from to , the Triolian was built with a wood body for its first two years of production before the switch to steel in