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Gold Tone/Beard resonator

PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 7:46 pm
by Rust
Gold Tone/Paul Beard resonator...

ever heard of these, are they any good?


PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 1:00 am
by resoharp
Yea, I have heard that these are very good Dobros for the budget minded. I believe they are set up at Paul's shop resophonic Outfitters.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 3:58 am
by bignick
I own one.

Everything on the guitar is top notch. The cone is great. An unbeatable stock cone in my opinion. They come set up with ebony capped Beard saddles as well.

Mine arrived from Music 123 with really low action and lite strings. I would suggest ordering some saddle blanks if you are going to use it for slide. At least bump up the gauge to an 11 or 12.

Beard Mahogany Resos are laminate and the cones have a deep characterstic. A very mid-rangey, fat tone with a lot of sustain. Deeper and darker tonal range than the chimey high-end Quarterman equipped resos.

I love mine.

PostPosted: Mon Sep 25, 2006 2:59 pm
by Hooked on Resophonics
I have a Paul Beard GRS (steel body) and it is a great instrument...I had to replace the original Beard cone & saddle to a National due to it collapsing in shipping...breaking in very nicely too. The necks are very nice & wide, MUCH better quality than some other imports. I'm looking into getting one of the Maple spider bridges as well. :D

PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:34 am
by Rust

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:18 pm
by rustyslide
Played one on Monday, thought it was very nice. Then I played a couple of Nationals, and they were *really* nice. But the Nationals were three times as much.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:27 pm
by ricochet
Were they three times as nice?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 12:22 am
by rustyslide
Nationals were probably only 2.3x nicer: diminishing returns, you must understand.

(They were also at two different stores, and I wasn't looking to buy)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 28, 2006 7:37 pm
by Hooked on Resophonics
I called Reso Outfitters where the Beard staff works. I wanted to know if the neck joints were bolted mortise tenon, or the usual Asian dowel rod-butt joint. The CS guy said the plans were sent as a bolt-on, BUT, the guitars were built with the dowel joint. They are working on getting them bolt on in the future, so I would wait to get the wood body spider type till then. The metal bodies ARE built correctly, however, with a neck stick, posts & screwed down fret board extension like the Nationals. :D

PostPosted: Fri Sep 29, 2006 3:33 pm
by duendecito
I bought a Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature 4 weeks ago. It's a cutaway de luxe version and all solid sapele mahogany rather than laminate. The set-up was rankly a bit casual - neck relief to the point of up-bow and consequent chatter on top frets - but after a set-up by Dave King (English luthier - see his website) the instrument is simply superb. Can't recommend it too highly.
On the point of wood, some top-end resonators use laminates - including birch, which has no uses at all as far as most luthiers are concerned - rather than solid wood. Since the sound of the cone is what you're after, the body acts more like a speaker cabinet than on a conventional guitar. I like to use ordinary phosphor bronze roundwounds with a .54 on the bottom, .24 wound G and I replace the top E with a .15 or.16. This way I can take it up to EADGBE and not wreck the neck. And Jim Dunlop Moonshine ceramic slides. Hope this helps.

PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 3:02 pm
by captainswing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 4:24 pm
by ricochet
Ah! Better handle this time around. :D