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    Default I've got the Resonator Shopping Blues

    I live in the Phoenix area, and you'd think there'd be some resonators around to try, but sadly, no luck. There's ONE Dobro (new Epi) in the Tempe Guitar Center, and that's it. I really want to try a few before plunking my money down. I'm thinking single-cone biscuit bridge, and leaning toward wood body, but that's as far as I've gotten. Any ideas? Anyone know of any way to get my hands on a few instruments?

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    The all metal ones sound like a garbage can with strings. Which is why you need one!
    The wood ones sound too nice.
    It's a bummer you can't even play a couple to get your preferences straight.
    But...Beard makes a killer resonator for working man dough.
    And I've been hearing/reading great things about Republic.
    It can be a disease, though...
    The manifestation of mine is a '36 Duolian.

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    Hi, G2Brew. Good to hear someone's Jonesin' for a resophonic guitar. I remember my Jones. Like Charlie, I got a '36 Duolian and that's the first & last resonator I'll ever need. National switched from 12 to 14 frets to the body in '36. I have strong preference for being able to get above the octave and find 12 frets confining. So that's definitely something to consider.

    I believe there's an internet forum for fans of resophonic guitars. They'll steer you to nearby venues and individuals who'll let you "test-drive the Terraplane" so to speak. Also, contact National Guitar Repair where Mark Schoenberger is a specialist in resophonic guitars. He can probably hook you up with some reso musicians not too far from you (805.481.8532; luthier17@aol.com).

    Be patient. There's a resophonic guitar out there that's lookin for you.

    Doug

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    I think it has to be brass body for the best sound. I have a tri cone Style 1 National tri cone and a single cone Amistar, which is a Czech reso company that makes very nice instruments at about half the price of a National. If I can figure out how to post a picture I'll upload pics.

    Brass costs more but is worth it I think. Both of my pics are of brass body instruments.
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    so will this show up?

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    Ok, that was the Amistar, now for the National

    9_national style 1.jpg

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    Hi, EM. These two are so different from each other. Not just design-wise, but their tone. Ordinarily a National Duolian design (Amistar) gives you a loud bass & sharp treble tone. Think of this analogy, like the bridge pickup on an electric guitar. A Triolian design like the National will give a more mid-range. Like the neck pickup.

    This is a guideline, not absolute, my friend.

    See if you can describe how their tones are different, playing the way you intend to (finger picks? bare fingers? metal or glass slide?). That should help you choose, EM. But I would not buy one until you get familiar with the tone you really want...best if you test-drive it or one of the same make & model. Enjoy your search,

    Doug

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    Hey, Doug. My two resos have very different tones indeed. The single cone Amistar has that traditional rattle that people associate with blues reso playing. The tricone has a very sweet tone. It has some rattle but when you put the slide on that top string my analogy has always been that it sounds like liquid mercury: bright, full, sweet, shiny. You just have to hear it. I went to Willies Guitars in St. Paul MN to try out a steel bodied tricone National but it sounded too much like my Amistar to spend that much money. Just for the heck of it I tried the brass bodied Style 1 tricone National and the first note told me I had to have that guitar. I use a glass slide, flat pick and fingers. I fell into reso playing after many years with an archtop acoustic as my main guitar. I now primarily am playing electric nonslide.

 

 

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