Throughout the history of the National String Instrument Company and the amalgamated National Dobro company from 1927 to 1941, only six string Triplates were decorated with the high quality Style 4 Chrysanthemum pattern – that is, except for this one!
A lot of people seem to get confused by the different features, details and serial numbers that are found on National El Trovador guitars. It was only in production for a little over 2 years but, rather interestingly, was caught up in a story of company anger and politics.
Much confusion exists about the origins and construction of the Style N. Was it brass or german silver? When did it first appear? Many people are of the opinion that this high quality custom instrument issued in 1932 was made with a german silver body. This, in fact, is not true. To understand why, we must follow the history of the development of the Style 0.