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Best affordable resonators in 2020

Trem-o-dust

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As much as I wish I could get myself a Mule, Covid took that away from me for a LONG time. I would really like to get a resonator though. For those of you with resonator experience, what budget models would you consider worth looking at. Preferably something under 800USD.

Your tips are most appreciated!
 

Yamaha 350

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De Rosa DBI-VSB. Die-cast spider bridge, and 10-1/2" spun aluminum resonator cone.

Constructed of a laminated spruce top, Sapele back & side, and maple neck.

Royal Resonator Parlor sized resonator guitar. Nickel and brass with a biscuit style cone.

Fender electric resonator. Guitar.

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BrettBob

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Really depends on the type of resonator - Spider, Biscuit, or Tricone?

I have a Recording King round neck spider that I enjoy. They are typically available for under $500

Republic makes a variety of steel body biscuit and tricones for under $800. I have a Republic Tricone that is more than decent..

I've found both to be a slight step above Gretch and Regal.
 
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derekd

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I had a Republic Tricone, also.

Was a great value. I moved it on because I wasn't playing it.

I think they are currently sold out, as the supply line has been interrupted but you can find'em used.
 

THiwaTT

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I would go with Aiersi I have owned one and it was great for the money ~$380 including a dura-foam case if I remember correctly

FYI Aiersi is the OEM for Republic, Regal, and Oscar Schmidt, as well as some of the other new real companies I believe

I think that “republic” looks a bit nicer on the headstock than “aiersi” But not for 2x the cost

the owner of the company is very nice, shipping was crazy fast, and it was a solid guitar
 

Trem-o-dust

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I would go with Aiersi I have owned one and it was great for the money ~$380 including a dura-foam case if I remember correctly

FYI Aiersi is the OEM for Republic, Regal, and Oscar Schmidt, as well as some of the other new real companies I believe

I think that “republic” looks a bit nicer on the headstock than “aiersi” But not for 2x the cost

the owner of the company is very nice, shipping was crazy fast, and it was a solid guitar
These are actually good looking and from the few videos I can find online they sound great. DId you order directly from them I gather?
 

THiwaTT

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These are actually good looking and from the few videos I can find online they sound great. DId you order directly from them I gather?
yes, I was originally looking at a Republic parlor resonator in a local shop, then I had read somewhere about Aiersi being the manufacturer for them. The owner/sales manager was great to deal with, and the guitar arrived to me within the week I ordered it.

I then went and compared the Aiersi to a Republic, and found that the sound and construction were definitely the same (exact same inlays, cone, cover-plate shape, etc)

I believe that Republic imports/sorts/performs thorough setups

this was pre-tariffs, so the price was literally 1/2 of what you would pay from other companies, I haven’t checked their prices lately.

overall a very cool little guitar that projected sound like crazy
 

Fitzer

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I found a Republic in a pawn shop that someone had grafted an entire original 1930s National headstock onto with a scarf joint. I thought it was a very nice guitar for the price, and it had me fooled for a while until I saw the joint at the headstock. Those are nice and are decently affordable used.
 

derekd

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I would go with Aiersi I have owned one and it was great for the money ~$380 including a dura-foam case if I remember correctly

FYI Aiersi is the OEM for Republic, Regal, and Oscar Schmidt, as well as some of the other new real companies I believe

I think that “republic” looks a bit nicer on the headstock than “aiersi” But not for 2x the cost

the owner of the company is very nice, shipping was crazy fast, and it was a solid guitar
I knew Frank was importing them from somewhere in Asia but didn't know the company.

Thanks for the information.
 




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