National's new mandolin spent two years in R&D before finally making it into production in January of 2005. It has traditional features such as a biscuit bridge and vintage-style open gear tuners, combined with modern appointments, including an intonated saddle and a comfortably radiused, extended fretboard. The neck is made from highly figured maple. The body is carved from two-piece walnut, with a figured maple top. The Art-Deco cast tailpiece and antique brass parts are exclusive to this instrument. This model features a magnetic pickup and a hard shell case.