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National Pioneer RP1 Metal Body Acoustic-Electric Guitar


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For nearly a century the National name has been synonymous with “steel guitar.” The National Pioneer RP1 ensures that association will remain. Old-world craftsmanship meets modern design in our first steel, hollow-body electric. The National Reso-Phonic Pioneer RP1 combines an audiophile-quality bridge pickup with a vintage-style Lollar P-90 neck pickup. An on-board active circuit allows for a wide range of tones.  A slim neck profile and narrow string spacing complete this hybrid instrument. With the quality artistry expected in a National, the Pioneer is a unique update to the traditional steel-bodied guitar. 

The new National Pioneer RP1 has arrived! Steel body guitars are not a new thing for National, and the Pioneer RP1 brings its benefits to the electric world. These very cool instruments also feature a Highlander piezo pickup in the bridge plus a Lollar P-90 pickup towards the neck, feeding into onboard active electronics. Tuners are the excellent Gotoh 510 models.

There are two finishes – the new Chipped Ivory seen here and Black Rust.


Price: $4149 CAD
  • Model: Pioneer RP1
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Black Rust, Chipped Ivory
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as new. This example is 21561,
  • Condition: Brand New

  • Not Consignment

  • Instrument Weight: 3.6kg
  • Scale Length: 25in
  • Nut Width: 1.72in

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