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.

Specifications

Standard

  • 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

  • Body Finish - Mahogany Burst

  • Neck Finish - Satin polyester resin

  • Case National Deluxe Hardshell

Options

  • 12 Fret

  • Cutaway

  • Baritone

  • Lefty

Pickups

  • National Slimline

  • National Hotplate with Lollar Pickup

  • Highlander IP1X with preamp

  • Lollar P-90 at Neck position

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DIMENSIONS

Nut Width - 1.82"

12th Fret Width - 2.3"

String Spacing E-E - 1.56"

Body Depth - 3.12"

Scale Length - 25"

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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