Howdy! So yea. Been playing rock guitar for 24 years in the land of anti-reso, New York. Yup. Decided its time to broaden my horizons a little. So naturally, I landed on a resonator! So I've been playing a round neck with a brass slide and a penny for a pick for the last 3 days now. Gone are 3 octave arpeggios and seering distortion. No more blaring amps right now. Just me and a reso. Here's a bit of a review of the reso I bought.
On Saturday Fed Ex delivered a Wechter Scheerhorn Model Round Neck Resonator from Sweetwater. I played a bunch of resonators locally and some were ok and others were awful. By awful I mean coming apart at the seams. I knew I didn't have National money but wanted a resonator, so MIC was pretty much the only option. I stumbled on these Wechters and saw they were a few bucks more than the Fender and Gibson (Dobro) branded ones. After putting my salesguy through hell with a million questions, an in hand description and an audio file of the exact guitar I was considering, I decided on this one. Fit and finish is flawless. It is a bound fretboard and smooth as glass. Not a sharp or high fret to be had. (They plek and set up every Wechter in the USA). The tobacco finish is beautiful. As for construction, its an all mahogany guitar with spruce bracing. The guitar is laminate as I expected at this price point. Its impossible to tell how many pieces of wood Im looking at here, being its a laminate guitar and my view thru the F holes is very limited. I cant see a single joint in the neck but doubt its one piece. The guitar projects VERY well and the closer to the neck you pick the less resonator sound you get. Pick by the bridge and it sounds like rocks hitting a garbage can (this is a good thing). The guitar has good weight to it and feels like a professional instrument, not a toy. That was my biggest concern, as a few I've played felt like toys to me. All in all, I'm thrilled with this purchase.
Im gonna be hanging out here for a lil bit. Hope to pick up a few tips and tricks.