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5/10/12 4:38 PM
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I'm gearing up to buy a resonator.  Mostly to play country blues (especially open tunings and slide).

I am a newbie when it comes to resonators. and I haven't really made any of the big decisions yet:
  • single cone vs. tri cone vs. spider cone  
  • steel vs wood vs brass
  • 12 fret vs 14 fret
  • Different brands, etc.
I'm interesting in a National, naturally, but I'm gonna play a bunch before I decide.

What advice you got for me? 
7/5/12 5:08 AM
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there no such thing a spider cone..its a spider bridge

http://www.acousticfingerstyle.com/ResonatorsExplained.htm


it depends what your like and or the sound you want

tri-cones have a more delta tone, but you can get the tone from a single reso -

i have two single cone reso's -

you can't really explain it. you need to play them all and buy what sounds right

go to norms and check out what he has.

go to mccabes.

not sure if buffalo bros carries reso's or not.

if you can travel, go to gruhn in nashville, mandolin bros in NY and larkstreet in NJ

there are some VERY good sounding new ones...but i'm a snob and would only buy pre-war dobro's or nationals

you can come over and try mine if you like

7/5/12 11:32 AM
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sreiter - there no such thing a spider cone..its a spider bridge

http://www.acousticfingerstyle.com/ResonatorsExplained.htm


it depends what your like and or the sound you want

tri-cones have a more delta tone, but you can get the tone from a single reso -

i have two single cone reso's -

you can't really explain it. you need to play them all and buy what sounds right

go to norms and check out what he has.

go to mccabes.

not sure if buffalo bros carries reso's or not.

if you can travel, go to gruhn in nashville, mandolin bros in NY and larkstreet in NJ

there are some VERY good sounding new ones...but i'm a snob and would only buy pre-war dobro's or nationals

you can come over and try mine if you like

Well, I got a modern Type O 14-fret after playing a bunch of guitars at McCabes.

Unfortunatley, a decent pre-war was not in my budget.  But I'd love to try one of yours.  I've never played a vintage resonator.  I'd love to see hear/feel how they compare.
     
7/5/12 12:33 PM
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8/27/12 1:12 AM
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 I've honestly NEVER heard a modern resonator guitar that compares in vibe to the "special" old ones.

As a matter of fact, I'd say that more than any other style of guitar, there's something difficult to reproduce in resonator guitars. The wood? The technique of spinning the cones? Other materials?



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