Faux-Resonator guitar!! Pickup installed..!!

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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneck » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:33 pm

i would definitely keep it stock.i would love to have one for playing around the apartment as my national is too loud for my liking as far as the neighbors are concerned .i would even keep the coverplate on there.

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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:26 pm

I don't think anyone would remove the coverplate permanently! :)
And the volume is perfect for indoor playing if you have nasty neighbours...

My dilemma is that I was thinking of playing live on my concerts with this one, and I bought it for the only reason that I'd put a cone in it.. :wha:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:48 pm

So, here's a video clip featuring this cool oddity!!!! :mrgreen: :roll:
Played it a bit today by the lake..



I've come to like this guitar very much the way it is and sounds!!
Wonderful bluesy tone!! :D
The neck has a great V-shape!
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby allanlummox » Mon Aug 10, 2009 3:24 am

Well, Stew Mac once published instructions for converting a flat top guitar to a biscuit bridge resophonic.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby Steverino » Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:48 am

Thousands of faux resonators must have been produced, judging from the steady parade of them on ebay. These would have provided the right "look" in the 1930s, and probably cost $10 where a Duolian would have been $32.50. Still, they sound like cheap wooden guitars. Bottleneckjohn, you coax more and better sound from yours than I can muster from the two I have on hand. Funny though, you do that with all your guitars...

IMO the ultimate worthy upgrade would be to modify one of these things to house a real resonator cone. Then it would both look and sound the part, after 75 years of playing make believe. The nice baseball bat neck and genuine 1930s vibe would justify the work.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:06 am

Steverino wrote:IMO the ultimate worthy upgrade would be to modify one of these things to house a real resonator cone. Then it would both look and sound the part, after 75 years of playing make believe. The nice baseball bat neck and genuine 1930s vibe would justify the work.


That was my idea exactly.. :D
There's plenty of these still around today, so if I modify this into a real cool player I think it's ok..!! :mrgreen:

The body and neck are really nice so a new cone and maybe a new coverplate would work wonders here!

But...
The tone I've found in this one speaks to me, I love the sweet mellow sustain, much of that will be lost with a biscuit and cone...
Choices.... :?
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby ricochet » Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:47 am

The "playing make believe" would be making it into something it never was. But that's just my opinion.
I think you can buy a better reso than you'd likely make for $175 from Musician's Friend.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:26 am

ricochet wrote:The "playing make believe" would be making it into something it never was. But that's just my opinion.
I think you can buy a better reso than you'd likely make for $175 from Musician's Friend.


I can never find the same "mojo" and feeling in a new instrument!.. :)
Guess I just love the way old things speak to me, hard to explain, it's just a feeling.. :wha:

The looks and feel of this guitar is awesome, and I love the tone as well. The faux-bro was a pleasant surprise!!!

If I can use it for my live shows it would be a good thing, maybe I don't have to install a cone, I can put a pickup in there instead!! :mrgreen:
Then I'd have the awesome tone AND a way to match my real reso's for volume.. It could be a way to go.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby ricochet » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:14 pm

I like that idea.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby allanlummox » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:29 pm

Actually, a "quiet" resonator guitar would be a great thing for the online broadcasts I'm playing these days. The National at close quarters - well it's a bit like being inside the trash compactor. I back the mic WAY off. It's a VERY different sound.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:38 pm

This guitar would work great for such playing!
Or maybe you could mute your National...
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:15 am

OK, guys!

Just made the first gig with this guitar now, it worked really well, I left my real reso's at home and brought only vintage wood body guitars to have an even level of volume.
Played all acoustic.. ;D

Playing the "faux-bro" at a crowded coffee house, I just LOVE this guitar, it has a soft mellow voice, not too loud. (compared to real resonator guitars..)





Still it manages to be heard(with the use of fingerpicks) along with my voice and the mandolin!

I'll probably keep it as is and put a pickup in it to be able to amplify slightly to get an even volume with my tin cans at live shows..
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby Bant's Bluz » Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:51 am

I enjoyed that! Nice sounding git.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby ricochet » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:09 pm

Doc wrote:I enjoyed that! Nice sounding git.

The guitar sounds great, too! :lol:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bigdaddyguitar » Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:59 pm

Hey John , Great clip ! FYI ,I don't think it's a Regal .In 1929 , when Dopyera resigned from National , he started the Dobro co . Dobro granted a license in 1932 to the Regal co. of Chicago to make and market Dobros . In 1933 Dobro and National settled and then merged .John Dopyera got his company back ! More than likley it's a Slingerland . Some manufactures avoided infringing on Dobro's patent by emlinating a resonator . The sound suffered but they looked like a resonator . Go figure !
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