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Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 4:50 am
by DaveG
I see Republic is coming out with a Weissenborn style guitar. I've been interested in finding a cheap one of these. I look forward to hearing a review of this one. Anybody know any more about it?

http://www.republicguitars.com/comingsoon.html

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:17 am
by leftyguitarman
I would be interested to know more about it as well. I've always liked the sound of weissenborns. Whenever you have some free time or you're in Seattle, go to Dusty Strings in Freemont. If you haven't ever been in there, you'll be doing yourself a favor. Very, very knowledgeable staff and an unbelievable selection of fine acoustic instruments. Last time I was in there, back in July, they had a couple of weissenborns but I didn't get a chance to try them out.

PS: How's the weather treating you? I'll be back in Lake Stevens next week and I'm not ready to deal with the cold!

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:02 am
by DaveG
I've been to Dusty Strings many times. Great place! I didn't notice the weissenborns. I'll have to look for them next time.

The weather is crap! I hate it when it gets this cold. It finally got back up above freezing today, so maybe we'll get back to our usual rainy weather by the time you get here.

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:56 am
by Blind Doc Jones
I have never seen one of those. So the neck is hollow? What is the charm?

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:25 am
by DaveG
Well, I just think they are cool. I like the sound. Yes, the neck is hollow. It's played lap style.

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:47 pm
by ricochet
The Weissenborns are the classic acoustic Hawaiian lap guitars.

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:14 pm
by De Ferre
That Weissenborn from republic has a slightly skewed/angled bridge, as some Chinese copies I've seen elsewhere, named Whiteborn / Tenayo. The bridge should be straight, parallel to the nut on the other side. It's not a big issue in any case. I guess they're buying those Whiteborns and selling them as Republics. Are they also improving them somehow?

There's a review of the Chinese version in here:
http://michaelmesser.proboards.com/inde ... hread=1101

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:38 pm
by DaveG
Thanks for the link to the review. Your right, it does look like the same one. Is the angled bridge really that big of a deal?

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 12:23 am
by ricochet
No. I play bottleneck with my bridge angled like an acoustic to maintain proper fretted intonation at the 12th fret. Makes no difference to me with the slide. You'll compensate by slightly angling your slide without even thinking about it, if you have half an ear for tone. But it really should be straight for a slide-only instrument.

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 1:31 am
by bigdaddyguitar
Ricos right . If you notice , vintage lap steels have a straight bridge . Most new laps [cheap ones ] have a Fender type adjustable bridge . Don't know why .

Re: Republic Weissenborn

PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:01 am
by ricochet
Just because it's a part they already have on hand.