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❌SOLD❌ National El Trovador Resophonic Guitar with Hot Plate, Mahogany, 2015


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The National El Trovador goes back to the 1930’s wood bodied, single cone resophonic guitars by National, and this one comes with a HotPlate installed!

The El Trovador uses a Mahogany laminate for the body and solid Mahogany for the neck, with a bound Ebony fingerboard. The peg head is slotted, which increases the pressure of the strings on the nut while reducing the required tip-back angle of the head. The result is a reduced likelihood of head breakage in a fall, but increased clarity, separation and sustain on the open strings.

This round-neck National El Trovador example is dated 12-15 on the label, indicating construction during December of 2015 at the National shop in San Luis Obispo, California. The original resonator cover has been replaced with a National Hot Plate, which adds a passive Lollar single coil, Telecaster Neck type electric pickup controls and jack in one unit.
Wear is minor, and there is just one small dent in the back which does not break the finish. Fret wear is light.
The original National hard shell case is included.

Here is the builder’s take on the National El Trovador:

“Its Spanish name translates as “The Troubador,” and this wood-body single-cone National has been popular with musicians ever since its debut in 1932. This reissue was designed in collaboration with renowned blues and swing guitarist Mike Dowling.
Like the original, our El Trovador features a large, four-inch-deep body constructed of mahogany — a wood famed for its sonic properties. A wooden soundwell houses the resonator, adding to the unique sound projection.
The body is bound in multi-layer celluloid, with a matching purfling border around the classic coverplate. An ebony fretboard is mated to the solid mahogany neck, which is capped by a rosewood headstock overlay.
With its rich, deep, warm tone, our El Trovador is one of National’s most popular guitars among troubadors everywhere.”

Price: $3,199.00 CAD
  • Model: El Trovador
  • Year: 2015
  • Finish Satin
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 20800
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 11/07/2019

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Instrument Weight: 6.03lbs 2.74kg
  • Scale Length: 25.656in 651.7mm
  • Nut Width: 1.75in 44.5mm
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