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

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:20 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Guys, I just bought a nice old FAUX-Reso on eBay.. ;D
So there's no cone under the coverplate, usually a wooden-board or a metal plate with the bridge on top.. :wha:

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Mid-30's, no-name, I'm guessing it's made by Regal, Chicago.. Or Harmony!

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Solid birch body!! (could be maple..)

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AWESOME case came with it, croc-skin, haha!!
Been looking for a long time in Sweden for a vintage case like this and here it was!! :mrgreen:

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Here's the fake reso"cone"..

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But... Maybe I'll put this in there, LoL!!!!! :lol: :roll:

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And this... Gonna look great and sound SO much better....

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

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:26 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Oops, more fake than I thought it was!!! Just awesome!! :mrgreen:

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LmoL, there nothing at all under the coverplate, just silver paint on the top!!!!!! :blink:
Surprisingly cool tone though, looong sustain but less bass and low volume compared to any "real reso"..

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The coverplate is heavy, twice the weight of a standard coverplate...
(Could explain the awesome sustain, when this starts vibrating it'll never stop, hehe!!)

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I might put in a cone or keep it as it is, we'll see what happens!!!

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

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:30 pm
by leftyguitarman
I have never seen a guitar like that before. Never knew such a thing existed. Cool project though!

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

PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 9:35 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Yeah, you don't see these often and surely almost never played on a stage..

This was the budget, budget reso-line way below the Duolians and Trojans...
Looks are cool, the sound.... Well, it's interesting, LoL!

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:10 am
by DaveG
I read an interview with Jerry Douglas a while back, and this looks like what he described as his first "Dobro". He was a kid when he got it and told about how dissapointed he was when he found out it was a fake. I never saw one before, though.

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:59 am
by NEONMOONY
???? :blink:

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:06 am
by bottleneckjohn
:mrgreen:

Since it's made out o solid woods the tone ain't too bad and there's actually a metallic "reso-tone" there somewhere, LoL!
I'm gonna make a video clip today..

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 12:28 pm
by ricochet
I'd keep it as is. Interesting historical piece!

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 2:33 pm
by goldbrick
Absolutely keep it stock -- Probably not a lot of those have survived

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 3:46 pm
by farmslave
Looks like a" Belltone" "Faux Resonator look alike" A true "Belltone"specs, guitar made by Regal 30's.
Are you sure about the wood? The resonator look a likes built by Regal for Belltone were most all Mahogany.
At retail used, they now go for about $300.00 max There are quite a few still around, in the USA.
Nice case.

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 7:26 pm
by bottleneckjohn
These were sold under a lot of names, incl. Belltone.
Many different woods were used as well, I've seen mahogany but mostly cheap wood like birch was used.
This is birch, solid, which is kinda cool, could be maple, not 100% sure.
Fretboard is dyed maple! :)

Hoping to find time to make the video clip soon, maybe a comparison with a real reso..?! :mrgreen:

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

PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:42 pm
by allanlummox
Have you played it set up without the coverplate?

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

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 6:42 am
by bottleneckjohn
No, I haven't tried that yet, but it's a good idea, I'll try it!!!

I guess that it'll have less sustain and gain some volume and bass! :)

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

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 5:24 pm
by Jane fromLondonUK
Amazing! I've never seen one either. Very cool. :D

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

PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:40 pm
by bottleneckjohn
Video clip coming up within one hour or so... :mrgreen: