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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Epiphone Hound Dog Dobro vs Recording King RR-41E-VS


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anastasis - Posted - 11/09/2020:  09:21:03


Hi guys!

I play the guitar for quite some years and I recently decided to buy a reso.

I am currently looking at an Epiphone Hound Dog Dobro ( f-hole design) and a Recording King RR-41E-VS.

The reviews I read and the videos I watched for both the above did not help in making a decision. So, I would like to request your feedback on this.

I would really appreciate if you could provide me with your opinion

Thanks a lot
Anastasis

anastasis - Posted - 11/09/2020:  09:24:28


Thanks for having me here!

Slidennis - Posted - 11/09/2020:  11:10:48


quote:

Originally posted by anastasis

Hi guys!



I play the guitar for quite some years and I recently decided to buy a reso.



I am currently looking at an Epiphone Hound Dog Dobro ( f-hole design) and a Recording King RR-41E-VS.



The reviews I read and the videos I watched for both the above did not help in making a decision. So, I would like to request your feedback on this.



I would really appreciate if you could provide me with your opinion



Thanks a lot

Anastasis






Welcome to the hangout.



The first thing you should decide between these guitars is whether you want the sound of the single cone National biscuit bridge type of guitar or the single cone Dobro spider bridge type of guitar. 



The Recording King is a biscuit bridge guitar and the Hound Dog is a spider bridge type.  The biscuit bridge will give you more of an old blues sound - kind of closed, and thin, a little tinny in some respects.  The spider bridge will sound a bit more open, full spectrum and rounder in comparison.  But both are classic designs and worth getting into.  So make that decision first.  



I have not played that particular Recording King.  RK instruments tend to be solid guitars to get started with in the resonator world.  Quality should be similar to the Epiphone.



I happen to have owned both of the roundneck Epiphone Hound dog models.  They are working man's guitars.  They are solidly built and sound pretty good.  Out of the box the action is usually setup for slide work - a bit high for fingerpicking.   WIth a proper setup they can sound and play quite nicely.  They may not be the prettiest girl at the party but they sure can dance!





Figure out whether you want the biscuit bridge sound or the spider bridge sound,  Then make your decision.



This video might give you some sense of the difference in sound.  The Epiphones are respresentatives of the spider bridge type and the Gretsch Alligator represents the biscuit type sound.  They are demonstrated back-to-back here. So you can watch the video from 4:00 minutes through 8:00 minutes and get the comparison.



youtube.com/watch?v=JeIMDKCXpms


Edited by - Slidennis on 11/09/2020 11:14:22

anastasis - Posted - 11/10/2020:  03:26:15


Hi Dennis!

This was very helpful!

I feel a little bit closer to the Dobro...

Thanks a lot! Much appreciated

Best regards,
Anastasis

Flaps - Posted - 01/13/2021:  18:33:49


HI. I have a Dobro (Epiphone) with the round holes, and pickups. It is a round neck, which I got a few years ago, but never really got into bottle-neck. Got a squareneck Goldtone, which I love. I never make money selling things so I was going to give it to someone who really wanted to play it. But, I saw that you live in Greece so if you can figure out how I can ship it without huge expense, and if you're interested, we can go from there. I love playing guitar and reso, I hope you love reso as much as do I. (Has a case too). I want no money, just someone who really wants it and a way to get it to you without bankrupting me.. David

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