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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2012-11-26T07:32:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=3&t=13090 2012-11-26T07:32:39+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114679#p114679 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]> Peace

ps fwiw, when I was learning to play lead guitar in the late 1960s, I would listen and listen and listen to a solo until I could practically hum it (to this day, I could hum the solo from Sunshine of your Love, Little Girl, Better Man than I, etc) and if you can hear the notes in your head, you can locate them on your fretboard after much practice.

Statistics: Posted by ricbleu — Mon Nov 26, 2012 7:32 am


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2012-11-25T17:45:25+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114672#p114672 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]> It is a wooden body guitar and i tune down 1/2 a step

I just do a bit more palm muting if it starts sounding too trashy-I like some trash ( just like my women) --Thats the Reso sound
I think most folks have heard over processed recordings and that colore their judgement

Statistics: Posted by goldbrick — Sun Nov 25, 2012 5:45 pm


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2012-11-22T21:15:00+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114640#p114640 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]>
michaelm wrote:
ricbleu wrote:
kiwiblues wrote: It sounds fine if fingerpicked but all biscuit bridged resos sound terrible if strummed.
... but as Kiwi says, just strumming chords on a reso creates a jumbled mess of notes. ...

I don't want to start too much trouble here, but I've got to take issue with these statements. After playing all kinds of guitars since about 1961, I just got my first biscuit bridge reso last week and while that's not enough time to make me an expert, I am one happy camper with it. I have noticed that it requires a different touch or attack from my other guitars, but it doesn't seem to be related to strumming. My experience so far is that I need to be a lot more careful in my playing. When I mentioned this to the gal that I got it from, she said, "... you really do have to be on your best behavior playing wise." It is not at all forgiving of mistakes and madly flailing is not going to work. FWIW, the guitar is a National Radio-Tone Bendaway which is a wood body guitar if that makes any difference. I got it thinking that I would do some finger style blues on it, but it seems to work fine for a flat pick folk style as well. My $0.02 worth.

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2012-11-20T22:58:28+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114629#p114629 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]>
ricbleu wrote:
kiwiblues wrote: It sounds fine if fingerpicked but all biscuit bridged resos sound terrible if strummed.
... but as Kiwi says, just strumming chords on a reso creates a jumbled mess of notes. ...

I don't want to start too much trouble here, but I've got to take issue with these statements. After playing all kinds of guitars since about 1961, I just got my first biscuit bridge reso last week and while that's not enough time to make me an expert, I am one happy camper with it. I have noticed that it requires a different touch or attack from my other guitars, but it doesn't seem to be related to strumming. My experience so far is that I need to be a lot more careful in my playing. When I mentioned this to the gal that I got it from, she said, "... you really do have to be on your best behavior playing wise." It is not at all forgiving of mistakes and madly flailing is not going to work. FWIW, the guitar is a National Radio-Tone Bendaway which is a wood body guitar if that makes any difference. I got it thinking that I would do some finger style blues on it, but it seems to work fine for a flat pick folk style as well. My $0.02 worth.

Statistics: Posted by michaelm — Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:58 pm


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2012-11-20T08:08:04+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114625#p114625 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]>
kiwiblues wrote:
It sounds fine if fingerpicked but all biscuit bridged resos sound terrible if strummed.


That's an interesting point you make Kiwi because it also indicates that a biscuit bridge reso is an entirely different instrument that a standard flattop guitar and is designed to be played differently. In most cases people tuned their resos to an open tuning (E,D or G) and play using a bottleneck slide. But the reso can still be tuned to regular E but for best results played fingerstyle, but as Kiwi says, just strumming chords on a reso creates a jumbled mess of notes. :D Peace
ps I hope Bob B doesn't answer your email cos he'll probably contradict every word I've said. :oops:

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2012-11-20T04:51:10+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114623#p114623 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]> Statistics: Posted by gaucho — Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:51 am


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2012-11-19T22:38:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114619#p114619 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]> I've Emailed Bob a couple of times over the years and never got a reply :roll: :wink:
Jonpaul wrote:
SouthernSounds wrote:Hey Jonpaul:

Lenny at Vintage Nationals or Bob Brozman himself, could be the way to go over the Internet.

All the best,
B.


Thanks for the link to Bob Brozman. I sent him an e-mail, he's currently away, but I'm looking forward to his response. - - Jonpaul

Statistics: Posted by kiwiblues — Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:38 pm


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2012-11-19T22:36:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114618#p114618 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]> On the other hand spiders are much like a loud flat top and therefore much more flexible for different styles.
Try a Style O first.
You may find it sounds no better than your republic for what you want to do with it.

Statistics: Posted by kiwiblues — Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:36 pm


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2012-11-19T20:07:26+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114615#p114615 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]>
The Breeze wrote:
Jonpaul wrote:A few months ago I bought a Republic Highway 61, 14-fret, antique brass guitar. I'm learning slide guitar. The guitar has a nice sound when tuned open G and open D. But, when it comes to standard tuning, I'm not getting the sound I want (I usually play in Am in standardd tuning). I'm considering buying a National O guitar. Will standard tuning sound good on the National? Also, I'm searching for the best place to buy a National (over the internet). Thanks for the advice. - - Jonpaul


Have you tried de-tuning half or even a full tone? With less pressure on the cone maybe she will sing a little better.


Thanks for the reply; I even put lighter strings on, little difference. - - jonpaul

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2012-11-19T20:04:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13090&p=114614#p114614 <![CDATA[Re: Have Republic want National?]]>
SouthernSounds wrote:
Hey Jonpaul:

Lenny at Vintage Nationals or Bob Brozman himself, could be the way to go over the Internet.

All the best,
B.


Thanks for the link to Bob Brozman. I sent him an e-mail, he's currently away, but I'm looking forward to his response. - - Jonpaul

Statistics: Posted by Jonpaul — Mon Nov 19, 2012 8:04 pm


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