1997 National Radiotone Bendaway ID-5864
1997 National Radiotone Bendaway
National is known for building a variety of instruments, ranging in price and decoration from simple wood bodied guitars, to fully engraved brass beauties. This is the cutaway version of National’s now discontinued Radio Tone acoustic, otherwise known as the “Radio-Tone Bendaway”. The laminate maple construction of the National Radiotone appealed to many buyers not only for its price, but also for its ability to have a wide variety of sounds. The cutaway or “Bendaway” was added as many slide players want to be able to hit the octave in open tunings without effort.
The structure and design of the Radio Tone is based on the 1920s era wooden-bodied National Triolians. The Radiotone’s deco inspired 30’s headstock and slot soundholes, as well as the matte sunburst finish on the back set this one apart from the crowd! The neck is a typically chunky, wide National type, yet feels quite comfortable in your hand.
The wood (maple laminate) bodied guitars from National have always provided a certain warmth and response that you simply cannot get from a metal-bodied guitar. The bass response is always present, the midrange has gorgeous growl when played with slide, and the trebles will round and full. Slide players will enjoy the upper access that the cutaway provides, while not sacrificing any of the tone that National’s provide. As they say; “It’s in the Cone!” When you are looking to get into the world of Resonator instruments, only a National will do, so Bendaway my friend!
As this instrument has a 1997 build date, there are some dings and scratches, with the majority of the marks being on the back of the guitar as shown in the detail photographs below. There is also some corrosion on the tuners, however they are not defective, and work perfectly. The Original Hardshell case is included.
- Serial: BRT037
- Top Wood: Laminate Maple
- Back Wood: Laminate Maple
- Nut Width: 1.825"
- Scale: 25"
- Year: 1997
- Inlays: Grained Ivoroid Dots
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Fretboard: Rosewood
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge: Maple Biscuit
- Tuners: 3 on a plate Vintage style
- Body Binding: Grained Ivoroid