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Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:09 pm
by Lightning Slick
I'm lookin for a cheap resonater, preferably all chrome body. Anybody have any ideas?

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:15 pm
by kiwiblues
Look on Ebay. There are heaps.
You get what you pay for though.
ALWAYS BUY SECONDHAND IF PRICE IS THE MAIN CONSIDERATION
Lightning Slick wrote:I'm lookin for a cheap resonater, preferably all chrome body. Anybody have any ideas?

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:34 am
by Sheb Whitebred
Cheap is relative. So is good. Just how cheap is cheap for you? If sub-$200 is your definition, look for a used Fullerton Winslow reso on ebay. (But bear in mind that they have laminate wood bodies, not chrome.)

If you want to up your definition of cheap, get a Republic. I just listed my Republic Resorelic tricone on ebay: Item number: 180340776194.

You don't really want a gleaming chrome body reso, do you? As heavy as these things are, it'll slide right off your leg while you're playing it.

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:27 pm
by Lightning Slick
Well, cheap as in under or around $300, and good as in, fun to play, and sounds good. Now for me, I play my own brand of folk and blues (or folksy-blues, for that matter) and what I think I want is more of a Son House sounding type resonater. If that helps at all.

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:15 pm
by DaveG
Check out the Rogues on Musicians Friend. They are pretty good for the money. I have a Triolian Biscuit Resonator and I'm pretty happy with it, although I would like to upgrade someday. But for a starter instrument they work quite well, and you can send it back if you don't like it.

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 7:35 pm
by zhyla
Definitely the Rogue line are the cheapest resos I've played that are any good. I've played things from Dean, Fender, and Epiphone that I didn't care for. And used is the way to go for sure. You may find a used Johnson in the same price range if you look hard enough.

I've got the Rogue brass resonator (it's nickel plated, which I think is what you meant by "chrome") and I've been very happy with it. I ended up swapping out the cone and biscuit but I wouldn't say that's really all that necessary, I mainly did it out of boredom.

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:53 pm
by Derekslide
zhyla wrote:Definitely the Rogue line are the cheapest resos I've played that are any good. I've played things from Dean, Fender, and Epiphone that I didn't care for. And used is the way to go for sure. You may find a used Johnson in the same price range if you look hard enough.

I've got the Rogue brass resonator (it's nickel plated, which I think is what you meant by "chrome") and I've been very happy with it. I ended up swapping out the cone and biscuit but I wouldn't say that's really all that necessary, I mainly did it out of boredom.
What about the hound dog?

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:19 am
by DaveG
zhyla wrote:I ended up swapping out the cone and biscuit but I wouldn't say that's really all that necessary, I mainly did it out of boredom.


I didn't' swap the cone on mine, but I did change out the biscuit. That actually made a big difference.

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 3:33 am
by Zoltan
Republic (US) and Busker (UK) resonators are getting good reviews at the moment - Google them. I've just bought a Michael Messer Blues resonator for £440, and can't put it down(supplied by Busker). Not as well built as my National Polychrome, but the tone is much more expressive.

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:42 pm
by maxx england
Zoltan, you speak in £s. Whereabouts are you?

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 7:14 pm
by leftyguitarman
maxx england wrote:Zoltan, you speak in £s. Whereabouts are you?


I'm gonna take a wild guess here and say somewhere within the United Kingdom, its Crown Dependencies, or the British Overseas Territories of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. :lol:

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:17 pm
by maxx england
Could be in the Falklands?

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:26 pm
by Lightning Slick
Would you recomend a Dean Resonator? Also, are the roundneck resophonics very good for just regular acoustic blues picking, outside of sliding?

Re: Good, Cheap Resonater

PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:28 pm
by leftyguitarman
Lightning Slick wrote:Would you recomend a Dean Resonator? Also, are the roundneck resophonics very good for just regular acoustic blues picking, outside of sliding?


I use mine for a lot of picking stuff. Also, I have an Epi wood body reso that I love. It's pretty cheap.