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

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

Postby bottleneckjohn » Fri Aug 14, 2009 10:40 pm

Hey bigdaddy!!

Well, Slingerland built their fake reso's and called them May Bell Cathedranola and they had a very different look.. :wha:

Regal built both the real spiderbridge resonators(both wood and metal bodies) on the Dobro licence and they also built these faux-resonators, for many different brands, mostly sold through mail order catalogues..
I'm pretty sure this is one of the Regals, btw, I just bough one with the spider configuration, mid-30's, same body but with a cone and spider, looking forward to get that home and to fix it for playing!! :mrgreen:

But this might just as well be made by Harmony, the tailpiece looks exactly the same on many of their low-end guitars from the 1930's..


Here's another clip from the same gig yesterday, featuring my 12-string Silvertone and a cool 1920's tenor banjo(awesome fat tone, for a banjo)
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby Gtrist » Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:22 am

I love the sound--I'd leave it as is for sure.

Now I want to find myself one of those.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:11 am

Yep, y'all have convinced me! :mrgreen:

I will leave it as it is, but, I'll install a pickup under the coverplate... :D

Gtrist, get one!!!
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby goldbrick » Sat Aug 15, 2009 2:58 pm

interesting stuff-- I like the violin guitar combo ( worked for Django)

Violin dude looks like Blind Al Wilson from Canned Heat-- maybe he,s not dead and just moved to Sweden
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 15, 2009 3:06 pm

There's not too many guys playing violin in the blues today, or mandolin.. There are a few though.. :)
But I dig the sound very much!!
I'm trying hard to bring back the instruments to the blues audiences awareness again, haha!! :mrgreen:

In the 1920/30's the violin could be heard in many blues combo's like the Chatmon brothers/Mississippi sheiks!!

And he IS Blind Al, he now lives "out in the sticks" over here!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby goldbrick » Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:10 pm

John,

How does your audience take to relatively obscure American music ?
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sat Aug 15, 2009 5:35 pm

They say they love this kind of music, and I'm so happy to be able to bring it to them!!!
In front of me in this video is a man sitting who's gonna be 75 years old soon, he wanted us to play at his party, haha!
The blues knows no borders it seems, very cool! :D

I play big and small festivals, blues clubs, churches, coffe houses, parties, cultural events etc..
In Scandinavia, Europe and I've been to the US playing around in the south, for example in Helena, Arkansas(the King Biscuit).
Been doin' this since 2005 and it just keeps taking me all over and I'm a happy man!!

Hoping to come over to the US again in 2010, if You know any good festival that might want to have me there, please let me know!!! :mrgreen:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bigdaddyguitar » Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:06 pm

John , Thanks for the info .
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:00 pm

Here's an ad from a Sears catalogue, 1938!
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This one seems to have a resonator cone.. :wha:

Very cool, I do look for old catalogues too, if anyone of you have an old Sears & Roebuck, I'd be happy to buy it!!! :mrgreen:

A Duolian for $35 anyone?! :mrgreen: :blink:
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby goldbrick » Mon Aug 17, 2009 12:32 am

John,

I'ii check and see whats up gig wise in Florida

Next trip over if you need a spot to hang in Miami -let me know-and if you need a drummer/percussionist I'm around
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby bottleneckjohn » Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:18 am

goldbrick wrote:John,

I'ii check and see whats up gig wise in Florida

Next trip over if you need a spot to hang in Miami -let me know-and if you need a drummer/percussionist I'm around


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

Postby Bournio » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:09 pm

bottleneckjohn wrote:A Duolian for $35 anyone?! :mrgreen: :blink:


But there's nothing about it being vintage :lol:

ANyone know what the average wage was back then?
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby ricochet » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:30 pm

In 1938, the U.S. average wage was $1730/yr. Lots of folks worked for $1.00 a day. Average house cost $9000, and gasoline was about 10 cents a gallon.
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby Bournio » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:48 pm

$9000. So the guitar was around 300 times the price of a house. which is like me spending about uhmmm £400ish on a guitar?

Suddenly it seems a reasonable purchase.

Fire up the Delorean!
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Re: Faux-Resonator guitar!! A poor bluesmans instrument!

Postby ricochet » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:50 pm

Bournio wrote:So the guitar was around 300 times the price of a house.

Other way round, actually.
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