Resonator's - For an Electric type Guy

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  1. trisonic

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    I'm not really an acoustic player but I need a resonator (which is why I put this thread in this place).

    I'm looking for a "sweet" blues variant (don't wanna do "harsh"). I know nothing about them but I just read Gruhn's article in VG - Me and George usually disagree!

    Anyone have any recommendations? I'd prefer an old one if possible - what are ballpark figures so I don't get ripped? No hurry; waiting until tax time is over......

    Thanks, Pete.
     
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    I can't help you finding an old one, but if you end up looking at new ones you should check out John Reuter Guitars. He is the head instructor at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery and he builds some amazing instruments. He specializes in acoustic resonators, but does build electric resonators, and just about anything else.
    http://www.reuterguitars.com/
     
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    Tri: If you're looking for oldies, it's gonna be expensive. The sweetest are the old National tricones. Not the loudest, with definitely a sweet, singing tone, plenty of sustain, perfect for the lap steel that was so often played on these. Price? Maybe double the blusier alternatives, the national duolians. These steel bodied instruments have the volume and punch, much preferred by bluesmen. I just sold one a year ago, went for 2700. Now it would get even higher. Ridiculous. I bought it in 1978 from George Gruhn himself.

    The stupid prices are making new ones much more attractive. Me, I'd also be looking at wooden dobros. Cool sound. Nothing's cheap, but the oldies are really going nuts.
     
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    Those Reuter models look cool. I'll be jamming with a member of Hot Tuna next week (hopefully) so I'll ask him how Jorma likes them.

    Mad Dog I notice that a certain British guy prefers the wooden Dobros - thanks for reminding me. What are the standard necks like on these things?

    Any other advise, please, guys?

    Thanks, again. Pete.
     
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    If it doesn't have to be old wood then def check out the stuff from Paul Beard.

    http://www.beardguitars.com/

    He's a local MD luthier & supposedly makes some of the best stuff around. Plus his model the "Retro-Phonic Lightning Bolt) might be up your alley as well. His stuff isn't cheap (most good new & old resonators aren't), but boy do they look & sound fantastic.
     
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    Thanks! The more the merrier.......

    Cheers, Pete.
     
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    Whoa! Love the little Les Paul one - where are the prices? Am I stupid?

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I enmailed them on one of the electric resonators a few years ago and they were like $3000 or in the whereabouts. Really nice guitars bult in England I believe.

    Scott
     
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    Thanks, it seems that Beltona have relocated to somewhere less accessible: New Zealand!

    Chris, I can't get through to the Mazanita website.......

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Thanks, guys.

    ,Damian, Those delta's look good - white resonator - hhmm.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Pete: 20 years ago I stumbled across a wooden National dobro, a '36. It was impossibly good-sounding. Nice round neck model. Knew the dealer well, told him I wanted it, he said it's going in my shop for an adjustment, come back next week and it's yours. No deposit needed. I came back, and he'd just sold it. I've never encountered anything even close to that, old or new. Guess I should start looking again. Suddenly there are many new choices.
     
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    Thanks but those aren't real resonators.
    I'd prefer the real thing even in a smaller package than, say, a tricone.

    Best, Pete.
     

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