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UK Mark - Posted - 07/31/2008:  12:46:55


If I were looking to buy a reso (round neck) and didn't want to spend a great deal of money to get me started what would be a good, value for money instrument?

For those who play the banjo I am thinking what is Reso equivalent to say, a Goodtime or a GoldTone CC100?



gbkyser - Posted - 07/31/2008:  13:38:46

I have a Gold Tone Beard model, basic mahogany version, which I like a lot for a woodbody, bluegrass / country type sound.

I've been reading a lot about metal-body starters lately, and Republic Guitars is getting generally good reviews. I'm hoping to get one of theirs later in the year. (Let me be clear - I haven't played one yet! This is just a read-between-the-lines, general impression, hunch kind of thing... do your own research too.)


Edited by - gbkyser on 07/31/2008 13:39:14

Rzn8tor - Posted - 07/31/2008:  14:39:04

I'd suggest looking for a used mahogany Gold Tone Beard from someone who is trading up. Make sure it is one that was set up in the Beard shop.

Bunyan Bob - Posted - 07/31/2008:  16:31:03

I got a chance to play one of those Republics in a local store close to here...not bad. No idea where they're coming from or what they're about, but not bad...

"Never mind the dog, I''m the one who''s howling on the porch!"

El Dobro - Posted - 07/31/2008:  16:37:34

A friend of mine has a Scheerhorn and he's been leaving it home and using a Wechter/Scheerhorn Rob Ickes model. It sounds great.

MitchC - Posted - 08/03/2008:  15:15:07

I think he's looking for a roundneck ? How's the search going BTW ?

UK Mark - Posted - 08/05/2008:  01:39:43

Originally posted by MitchC

I think he's looking for a roundneck ? How's the search going BTW ?

Yes Mitch, looking for a roundneck.
I can't seem to find many suitable instruments over here in the UK (not sure why?). There's quite a few resos around but they are mostly low end Johnsons or Oldfields. I have found a Republic Dealer though and will make some enquiries on that line once I have a few more to pursue too although his prices seem high: $800>$1200.

Thanks for the help so far guys.

El Dobro - Posted - 08/05/2008:  08:09:07

Oh, a roundneck. Ok. What are you looking to spend?

gbkyser - Posted - 08/05/2008:  15:49:30

D'oh, should have noticed you were over there. Michael Messer ( is releasing a line of metalbody guitars similar to Republic's. Also the Amistar line from the Czech Republic looks nice - should be somewhat affordable from where you are. Again, caveat emptor.


Edited by - gbkyser on 08/08/2008 11:41:15

scottbow - Posted - 08/07/2008:  10:37:10

Check out the 'Rogue' line at Musician's Friend...

the good...
cheapest 'bro available
great volume, louder than some 'quality' instruments I've heard.
decent tone, at least equal to Regals, etc.

the bad...
cheap parts - I've replaced the tail piece and nut, and used a little hot melt to quieten buzzing and rattles under the reso cover.

I've played/owned the spider version for about 3-4 years. If you don't mind making minor repairs, a good economical choice. quietness and in confidence shall be your strength...

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