National El Trovador w/ Hot Plate  From National

The perfect cocktail of wood and metal in guitar form! 

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What We Think

Dark, warm, woody tone and a metallic growl that will give you shivers

For some reasons, I always imagine playing it in the woods 

Startling starlings and frightening turtles 

It's extremely defined and powerful 

It's both organic and industrial 

This guitar IS the blues*

Just a glorious instrument 

robinson@soundpure,com 

 

*excellent for more complex Jazz chords, too. . .after all, Jazz is ARTICULATED Blues ;) 

National Resonator Guitars: Wood Body vs. Steel Body

In this video, SoundPure Acoustic Guitar Expert, Robinson Earle, demonstrates the differences between National Guitars wood and steel body resonators. The ResoRocket is one of our newly designed single resonator guitars.  This model incorporates a redesigned coverplate pattern to complement the distinctive Tricone-style grill work. The upper bout has been modified for easier access to the higher frets. The El Trovador guitar features a large, 4" deep body constructed of mahogany.  The body is bound in multi-layer celluloid, with a matching purfling border around the coverplate.  A wood soundwell houses the resonator. An ebony fretboard is mated to a solid mahogany neck, capped with a rosewood headstock overlay. Both of these guitars are available for SoundPure’s Try-Before-You-Buy Program, so if you want to hear how they sound with your gear, shoot us an email at Acoustics@SoundPure.com, or call us anytime at 919.682.5552. Thanks for watching!

Manufacturer's Description from National

Designed in collaboration with Mike Dowling, this single cone guitar is patterned after the famous El Trovador produced from 1932-1933.  Similar to its predecessor, our El Trovador guitar features a large, 4" deep body constructed of mahogany.  The body is bound in multi-layer celluloid, with a matching purfling border around the coverplate.  A wood soundwell houses the resonator. An ebony fretboard is mated to a solid mahogany neck, capped with a rosewood headstock overlay.  The El Trovador's deep, unique voice has made it our most popular guitar in recent years.

National Resphonic

Specifications

Headstock Style   Slotted
Headstock Logo   Decal
Headstock Overlay   Rosewood
Tuners   National Brand
Nut Material   Bone
Fretboard   Ebony
Fretboard Binding   Ivoroid
Fretboard Markers   Mother of Perl
Fretwire   W-.106 H.039
Resonator   9.5" Hand Spun
Bridge Type   Maple Biscuit
Neck Material   Honduras Mahongany
Top Material   Mahognay
Side Material   Mahogany
Back Material   Mahogany
Upper Bout Width   10.375"
Lower Bout Width   14.5"
Overall Length   39.5"
Depth Of Body   4"
Width at Nut   1.75"
Width at 12th   2.187"
Scale Length   25-21/32"
Weight   7 lbs 2 oz
Hardshell Case   Included

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