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resonator acoustic guitars

dilly daly of Adelaide 19 Dec 09 - 07:57 AM
Mavis Enderby 19 Dec 09 - 08:23 AM
Bee-dubya-ell 19 Dec 09 - 09:42 AM
GUEST,Ray 19 Dec 09 - 12:33 PM
GUEST,Ray 19 Dec 09 - 12:38 PM
deadfrett 19 Dec 09 - 04:19 PM
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Subject: galvaston resonator acoustic guitars
From: dilly daly of Adelaide
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 07:57 AM

Afriend of mine played some blues songs on this instrument , sounded brilliant.What's the best value for money resonator for folk/blues do you think ?


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Subject: RE: resonator acoustic guitars
From: Mavis Enderby
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 08:23 AM

I have a Republic Miniolian which I play mainly slide guitar on in open E tuning, and an older Ozark steel bodied National copy. I've seen similar available from Regal or Vintage.

The Miniolian played reasonably well out of the box, but sounded very thin until it had had a few hours playing - I think the cone needed to 'bed down'. Sounds good now!

The Ozark I bought second-hand, and it needed a bit of attention. I have the action really high on this one, it's nearly impossible to fret above about the 7th fret, and I play almost exclusively slide on it in DADDAD tuning.

Good luck in your search

Pete.


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Subject: RE: resonator acoustic guitars
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 09:42 AM

The primary sound producing element of any resonator guitar is the resonator cone. Most cheap resos come with cheap stamped, not spun, cones. The exception to the rule is the "Paul Beard Signature Series" imported by Gold Tone. The bodies are made in Asia, but the resonator hardware is installed by Beard's staff at his shop. It's the same cone and other hardware that goes ito the multi-thousand dollar instruments played by the likes of Jerry Douglas. Their prices start around $550 US.

Or you can start out with any cheap reso (Regal, Johnson, Dean etc.) and install a quality spun cone in it. A good cone costs about $60 US. If you or a friend feel qualified to do the installation, you can have a good sounding instrument cheaply. But if you have to pay a luthier to do it, you might as well get the Gold Tone.

Mudcatter "Tweed" has a tutorial on doing a cone upgrade HERE.


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Subject: RE: resonator acoustic guitars
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 12:33 PM

There are a lot of bad sounding ones out there. I bought the Regal and I'm happy with it - I don't know specifically if the standard cone is stamped or spun but it looks as if its spun. The standard advice to buy what you like the sound of applies.
Ray


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Subject: RE: resonator acoustic guitars
From: GUEST,Ray
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 12:38 PM

Having just had a look at "Tweed's" site you need to bear in mind the difference between resophonic guitars with biscuit bridges and those with spider bridges (biscuit are based on National guitars whereas spiders are based on the Dobro). The one in the article has a biscuit. My Regal has a spider. There are significant differences in how they work and how they sound. Try both before deciding.
Ray


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Subject: RE: resonator acoustic guitars
From: deadfrett
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:19 PM

I've played several of the "new" models of resos lately. I was impressed by the Recording King. It had good tone and volume. The finish work was good and played "slants" well. The price was around
$350.00. Dave


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