Resonator String Replacement

A discussion of techniques, and equipment for guitar. Fretted, bottleneck or slide, acoustic or electric, this is the place.

Resonator String Replacement

Postby Bant's Bluz » Mon May 22, 2006 3:10 pm

I'm a complete newbie (refer to my post on a bit about you). Here's the first of many questions. I have a Liberty Resonator and will soon need to replace strings. I'm clueless as to what string set I should consider. Any suggestions are most appreciated.
Bant's Bluz
Regular
 
Posts: 408
Joined: Fri May 19, 2006 1:33 pm
Location: GA

Postby mickeypainless » Mon May 22, 2006 3:23 pm

MY personal preference is D'Adarrio phosphor/bronze 13-56
I have these on most everythang I play be it acoustic or electric. I slide on em as well as fret although they may be a bit stout if yer a beginner. If yer just sliding this size or bigger is great!
User avatar
mickeypainless
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 1760
Joined: Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:41 am
Location: Sunny California

Postby thebluescaster » Mon May 22, 2006 3:53 pm

Just like picks, slides, amps, etc. it is always going to be personal preference.
Some people like the D'Addario reso Flat Tops to reduce string noise, some people hate 'em.
Some people go with regular guitar strings, some people go to elaborate lengths to have a custom set for slide...unwound 3rd, heavier 6th, whatever.
In the thread on strings below, I mentioned that the Beard Special 29s are a favorite of some very good players.

As a general rule of thumb, heavier gauge strings will sound 'better' for slide work.
thebluescaster
Regular
 
Posts: 46
Joined: Thu Oct 28, 2004 10:26 pm

Postby ricochet » Mon May 22, 2006 5:11 pm

My default reso strings are Martin Bluegrass Resonator Guitar strings.
User avatar
ricochet
Regular
 
Posts: 10256
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am
Location: Bristol, Tennessee, USA

Postby 1four5 » Mon May 22, 2006 5:18 pm

D'Addario phospher bronze .13's on my National, as well as Rogue triolian.
User avatar
1four5
Regular
 
Posts: 594
Joined: Sat Apr 02, 2005 11:26 am
Location: Kansas

Postby bluzeluvr » Mon May 22, 2006 5:42 pm

ricochet wrote:My default reso strings are Martin Bluegrass Resonator Guitar strings.


I haven't tried those, but the gauge is just about perfect for those who want a medium set, but with a bit heavier top. I've been sticking with the regular mediums, but swapping out the .013 for a .015 string. That works well for me. I think Martin would be smart to simply call them nickel resonator guitar strings. Classifiying them as only (implied) for bluegrass is a mistake. If they also put the word "Classic" or "Traditional" (the older strings were all nickel wound, right?), at the beginning instead of 'bluegrass', they would probably sell a lot more.
Last edited by bluzeluvr on Tue May 23, 2006 11:34 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
bluzeluvr
Regular
 
Posts: 132
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:56 pm
Location: Upper Triconia, NY

Postby ricochet » Mon May 22, 2006 6:00 pm

Until recently, bluegrass was pretty much the whole market for resonator guitars, and I'd say the bluegrass dobroists still vastly outnumber us.
User avatar
ricochet
Regular
 
Posts: 10256
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am
Location: Bristol, Tennessee, USA

Postby bluzeluvr » Mon May 22, 2006 6:15 pm

Good point.
User avatar
bluzeluvr
Regular
 
Posts: 132
Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 2:56 pm
Location: Upper Triconia, NY

Postby lightninboy » Mon May 22, 2006 9:26 pm

Try a set of D Addario .013 < .056 phosphor bronze.
These are the benchmark for the basic open tunings of open D & G.
If you want to experiment later, you'll have something to gauge your results on.

I personally use phosphor bronze for all acoustic instruments, and find them to sound the best.

As for gauges.
I use a .013 < .056 set, but replace the 1st & 2nd strings with a .015 & a .019. This works well for me on my old National, in open D tuning.

On my old spider reso, I use a regular set of .013 < .056, in open G tuning.

On my old stratocaster's, I use a custom gauge that I make up from singles, which is basically a set of .013 < .056, with the 3rd, 4th & 5th strings a little lighter, in open E.

So you see, it has a lot to do with the tension of the tuning, the style of music you'll be playing, and the type of guitar/reso.
User avatar
lightninboy
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 282
Joined: Wed Feb 09, 2005 8:19 am
Location: Queensland, Australia.

Postby 1dustyeod » Tue May 23, 2006 12:20 am

When tuning up a new set of strings on a resonator, remember to tune up the D and G strings first and tune from the middle out on both sides. The string retainers are sometimes weak on resonators and tuning from either E string can sometimes snap those retainers off at the heel.

8)
User avatar
1dustyeod
Regular
 
Posts: 291
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 6:54 am
Location: Charleston, WV

Postby mickeypainless » Tue May 23, 2006 12:34 am

>>>tuning from either E string can sometimes snap those retainers off at the heel.

It hasn't happened to me YET but good point! Thanx fer the tip!
User avatar
mickeypainless
Contributor
Contributor
 
Posts: 1760
Joined: Sat Jun 18, 2005 12:41 am
Location: Sunny California

Postby 1dustyeod » Tue May 23, 2006 11:25 am

It happened to me the 1st day I had a new Rogue resonator. Snapped it right off. Had to wait a month to get the new retainer.... so... it does happen sometimes.

8)
User avatar
1dustyeod
Regular
 
Posts: 291
Joined: Thu May 05, 2005 6:54 am
Location: Charleston, WV

Postby ricochet » Tue May 23, 2006 5:01 pm

By "string retainer," do you mean the tailpiece?
User avatar
ricochet
Regular
 
Posts: 10256
Joined: Thu Jan 01, 1970 12:00 am
Location: Bristol, Tennessee, USA


Return to Guitar

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot] and 6 guests