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Bluwood - Posted - 08/23/2008:  17:07:53

Hello, This is my first post and I'm looking to get my first Reso. I want a wood body, round neck so I can play fingerstyle. I would like to find a nice used Nat. M2, but wanted to ask how about a OMI DW90-DLX ? Or feel free to recommend something else, maybe a good China one ? Oh here is the other thing I play lefty so if I did get something used in a righty I would have to convert it. Thanks

meldooby - Posted - 08/24/2008:  07:30:59

Not familiar with the National, but can compare the DW90 with a PBS Deluxe side by side.
My DW90 is a Gibson, 2005 I believe. Thin neck is slimmer so the string spacing is a little tighter. They're both spider bridged, which I prefer. Fit and finish are similar, but I prefer the flamed maple on the Gibson to the darker coffee style finish on the Goldtone. My old ears think the sound has to go slightly to the Gibson.


Bluwood - Posted - 08/24/2008:  09:21:15

Thanks for that info Mel I appreciate it. Here is another thought maybe some of you here have or heard the Republic guitars. I'm thinking if I wanted something cheaper I could go with one of those, then I could take it anywhere and not worry about it. I thought the parlor size looks kinda neat, any feedback on those ? Thanks

DNickell - Posted - 08/25/2008:  05:52:18

There have been a lot of detailed discussions over on the Bigroadblues board about getting Dean or Johnson roundneck resonator guitars (cheap Asian offerings) and then replacing the biscuit resonator cone with a National cone. With just a few other minor adjustments you end up with an instrument that sounds and plays very close to one you would have to pay thousands of dollars more for.

I'm not sure how that would work with a spider cone. Most people prefer the biscuit cone for blues and the spider for bluegrass and country, but that's all a matter of personal preference.

meldooby - Posted - 08/26/2008:  09:09:06

Liberty buys Chinese and sets them up, so you're paying him for the setup. I have no experience with them but if they are a significant savings over the Gold Tone PBS, they might be a way to go.


Bluwood - Posted - 08/27/2008:  06:08:29

Thanks Mel & DNickell I appreciate the info from both.

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