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National Resophonic El Trovador Single Cone Guitar


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Designed in collaboration with Mike Dowling, the National Resophonic El Trovador is patterned after the famous National guitars produced from 1932-1933.

Similar to its venerable predecessor, the new National Resophonic El Trovador guitar features a large, 14.5 inch wide, 4 inch deep body built of mahogany. The body is bound in multi-layer celluloid, with a matching purfling border around the coverplate. A wood soundwell houses the resonator.

The neck is mahogany with a bound ebony fingerboard and a long 25 21/32 inch scale length, and 1.75 inch wide nut. The headstock has a rosewood overlay and the National El Trovador decal.

The National Resophonic El Trovador’s deep, unique voice has made it one of the most popular resophonic guitars in recent years.

Sold with its original National-branded hard shell case.

Here’s What National Has To Say About the 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.”

Visit the National Guitars website to lean more about the single cone wood body National El Trovador!

 National Resophonic El Trovador: Specifications:


  • Top – Mahogany
  • Back – Mahogany
  • Sides – Mahogany
  • Neck – Mahogany
  • Fingerboard – Ebony with MOP dots
  • Body Binding – Ivoroid
  • Fingerboard Binding – Ivoroid
  • Nut – Bone
  • Headstock – Slotted
  • Truss-Rod – Two way adjustable
  • Headstock Veneer – Ebony
  • Tuners – National Strip with Creme buttons
  • Body Finish – Mahogany Burst
  • Neck Finish – Satin polyester resin
  • Case National Deluxe Hardshell
  • Nut Width – 1.82″
  • 12th Fret Width – 2.3″
  • String Spacing E-E – 1.56″
  • Body Depth – 3.12″
  • Scale Length – 25 21/32″
  • Fingerboard Radius – 16″
  • Weight – 5 Lbs 12 oz.
  • Strings John Pearse #790NR Set .013 .017 Silvered Steel .026 .036 .046 .056 Bronze Wound

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  • Model: El Trovador
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Mahogany Burst Satin
  • Class: New
  • Serial Number: Varies as New, 23781 shown, dated 4/21
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Brand New
  • Date Posted: 05/05/2021

  • Not Consignment

  • Required CITES documentation
  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 5.508lbs 2.64kg
  • Scale Length: 25.656in 651.67mm
  • Nut Width: 182in 46.228mm
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