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Tricone Resonator Guitars

Postby jamesfarrell » Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:25 pm

Thinking about getting one. Have no idea about them. I've been looking at Nationals. I'm assuming they are mucho dollar right? I was also looking at Johnsons, but have no idea if they are any good. I really like the look of the slotted headstock. Johnson doesn't make one though. Anybody know any other makers of these things? Look at this thing dammit. I want it. :cry:

http://www.nationalguitars.com/TriconeVintageSteel.html
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Postby ricochet » Sun Jun 18, 2006 11:50 pm

Yep, the Nationals are wonderful, and go for mucho dinero.

I love my Johnson. It's an older one that required some upgrading. A couple of years ago I bought one for my teacher, and I think it's perfect. Wouldn't change a thing about it.
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Postby lightninboy » Mon Jun 19, 2006 8:02 am

So the new Johnson Tri-cones don't need any mods?

(I'm actually thinking about getting one myself).

What about the Regal?
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Postby louisianagrey » Mon Jun 19, 2006 12:12 pm

I've found both Johnsons and Regals sound better with National cones. Depends if you're looking for that bluesy bark of the steel body or the rounder tone of the brass bodied Regal.
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 19, 2006 1:09 pm

The Johnson I gave my teacher needed no mods. It was perfect IMO.
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Postby RonVermillion » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:43 pm

I found a like new Regal Tricone at the Spartanburg guitar show. I bought in with the OHSC for $275. I think I got a deal on it. I'm leaving it in open G and just using it for slide only - which I am mostly pitiful at playing. But now I will have a slide only guitar.

I now need a deal on a good clean used forklift - damn this thing is heavy.

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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 19, 2006 2:44 pm

Not as heavy as a Les Paul, though. Or a banjo.
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Postby jamesfarrell » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:40 pm

Which is better, a steel body or a brass? I'd imagine that the brass one dents pretty easily ha? I wish I could see the inside of one of these, I have no clue about these cones. I sort of get it, but I've never seen one apart.

How much do the nationals run? Are there any available for around $1000?
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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 19, 2006 4:41 pm

No, double that.

Steel sounds a bit brighter.
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Postby jamesfarrell » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:04 pm

If you guys had the money for a national tricone, which one would you get? Steel or Brass? I'm betwixed and between. I'll never get to try one, so I just have to buy one. Not that I have the money right now :cry:

But somehow, someday, I'll get one. I hope. I sort of like the Johnsons, but I don't know enough about them. Seems to me like they are just a cheep japanese brand, but I could be wrong.

Not bashing imports. I had a Guild GAD 30 recently that blew a lot of Gibsons I played away in the quality department. I'm liking this :lol:

What do you think this steel model runs? I can't find prices anywhere or anyone that carrys these. Damn, here I am drooling over a big dollar slide guitar and I can't play slide yet. But if I get this it will make me sound much better right?

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Postby grady » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:16 pm

Dude,

Check http://www.elderly.com for prices on Nationals and availability.
You can also check Resophonic Outfitters
there's also a dealer in Louisville, Kentucky that has a good selection of National guitars.

Prepare to write a big ole check if you're going to buy a National.

I own a National Delphi and I love it.
That is, after I solved the Intonation problems I was having by making a new Nut for it.
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Postby grady » Mon Jun 19, 2006 11:21 pm

and to answer your question,

That Guitar is a Vintage Steel Tri-Cone and is going to run about $2000.00 - $2,100.00

They're great Guitars and you're going to pay dearly for one.
There's no way around it.

just write the Check and get it over with quickly.
It doesn't hurt so bad if you do it fast.

Here, I'll make it easy for you,

http://elderly.com/new_instruments/full_list?cat=50N

All the Resonator Guitars and prices you can handle.
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Re: Tricone Resonator Guitars

Postby wwpete52 » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:41 am

I really like the look of the slotted headstock.

http://www.nationalguitars.com/TriconeVintageSteel.html[/quote]

Have you ever had a guitar with a slotted headstock? My Martin 00C-16DB has a slotted headstock. I dread changing the strings. I'm getting lazy in my old age I guess.
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Postby ricochet » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:43 am

The only guitar I have with a slotted headstock is my Artisan lap steel. Changing strings is a bitch.
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Postby wwpete52 » Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:50 am

I know exactly what you mean. I don't think that I will ever buy another guitar with a slotted peghead (unless it's a steal). They are a royal pain in the ....
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