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Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 1:20 am
by muddywolf
I'm thinking about buying one of these. They look like a poor mans National. They list for 679.00.
I cant afford a real National but I want a metal bodied resonator guitar in a big way.

http://www.nationalguitar.com/republic_ ... n_foot.php

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 1:28 am
by zhyla
I believe the Rogue metal bodied reso is the least expensive available. I've got one. I haven't played that particular Republic, but I suspect the Rogue will do you just fine. Rico has one too.

If you can find a used Johnson those are about the same thing too.

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Sun May 02, 2010 7:31 am
by ricochet
Yep. What Zhyla said. I'm very happy with my Rogue "Classic Brass Bodied Resonator" I got back around Christmastime. Likewise with my Rogue Spider and old Johnson Tricone. If you're not in a hurry, keep watching the "Stupid Deal of the Day" and eventually they'll run them on it. The "Classic Brass" biscuit is usually $350, a very good deal, but they sold a few for $230 on the SDOTD in December.

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 1:25 pm
by La.Blue
I've own one of their brass body style O's for just over a year. My take is that it's a good intro to resonators for the money. I found that the sound was big and punchy. My biggest beef was that the fret ends weren't dressed above the 12th fret. Not a problem for everyone, but I do sometimes play up there. I dressed the fret ends myself and it wasn't a biggie.The biggie was that you'd buy something new and have to fix it.

I've been able to play several new Nationals since then. All I'll say is that you get what you pay for. And when I can pay for it, I'll buy a National.

I've recorded several videos using the guitar. I'll include a link or two if you're interested in hearing it. I hope that this info helps :)

http://pickinparlor.nationalguitar.com/ ... 51645.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M-rNvF6yt8

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 11:59 am
by muddywolf
Thanks for the info on the Republic Reso. I don't think I can afford it even at 679.00.
I think I'll pull the trigger on this.
Stupid Deal of the Day
249.99
Do these usually come with a case it doesnt say.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/stupid

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 3:25 pm
by ricochet
No, you'll have to order the case separately. And they don't tell you what case fits. Get one for a classical guitar, or one for the 00 size. I ordered their Musicians Gear Classical Guitar Case with mine, and they shipped it in it. It's a decent case. Fits any of the roundneck resos.

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 4:06 pm
by wanderingyankee
Try Harland Slims guitars at Houston Guitar Academy.

http://www.deltabluesguitar.com/index.html

He lists on Ebay too...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ST-14CN-Steel-Res ... dZViewItem

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:11 am
by gatorblue
one of my good buddies, who's a great musician, almost bought one. Then he figured, wait---$675 +200 for a good pickup installed + XXX for a case. Then he realized he could get a national with a pup and case for $1100, so for about $140 more he's got something that he can use forever and/or sell for 90% of what it cost---worst case. Just food for thought.

I haven't checked his numbers, but he's a pretty smart guy, so I assume that's why he's waited and is now getting his new Nat at YE.

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:19 pm
by DonnyK
ricochet wrote:Yep. What Zhyla said. I'm very happy with my Rogue "Classic Brass Bodied Resonator" I got back around Christmastime. Likewise with my Rogue Spider and old Johnson Tricone. If you're not in a hurry, keep watching the "Stupid Deal of the Day" and eventually they'll run them on it. The "Classic Brass" biscuit is usually $350, a very good deal, but they sold a few for $230 on the SDOTD in December.


Seen the Spider on there for $199 and apparently they ship internationally, just e-mailed them to see what the pricing of that is.

I'm more keen on playing slide, would you recommend I save the extra and get the brass bodied Rogue, or will the Spider do a good job on slide? Finances are very tight at the mo (first born due in January) but the idea of having a reso has been like wildfire in my brain, and so am exhausting all my options to get a decent guitar for the lowest possible price. I can live with a 'the spider is good for slide, just not as good as the brass bodied' but couldn't live with 'there's no point in getting the spider for slide, get the brass bodied'.

:blink:

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 10:08 am
by DonnyK
Hmmm... finally got my shipping quote through: $139.

Hmmm... may save up for the classic brass and make it worth my while, would still end up (marginally) cheaper than buying the equivalent from the retailers available over here. Further investigation required...

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 5:36 pm
by Neal
Donny, yer in the UK, so I'd check out Busker guitars. http://www.buskerguitars.co.uk/ Michael Messer has them made in China, like the Republic, and sets them up, from what I understand, very, very nicley. A bit over the 199, but if you can't afford the National, and ebay UK has no real options, it may be something to look into.

Re: Does anybody own a Republic resonator guitar?

PostPosted: Mon Nov 01, 2010 1:53 pm
by DonnyK
Neal wrote:Donny, yer in the UK, so I'd check out Busker guitars. http://www.buskerguitars.co.uk/ Michael Messer has them made in China, like the Republic, and sets them up, from what I understand, very, very nicley. A bit over the 199, but if you can't afford the National, and ebay UK has no real options, it may be something to look into.


Cheers, had a look at those, and again, dreamed I had the money. I think Thomann is the best website for Europe, found this:

Harley Benton HBN100

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http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbn100.htm

on there for £200. I googled it and it seems it's a decent entry level resonator, and with a change of cone and better setup may be alright. I want to get more hands on with my guitar (in an engineering sense) and so this - and the fact I can afford to do little else - seems like the only option available to me.

Unless someone on here has had a bad experience of these?