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Steel Body Resonator Guitar

Friday, February 18, 2011

I've always loved the sound of National Steel Resonators. Only trouble is that they're too expensive.

I've seen places on the internet where one can get plans to build your own. Anyone know of a good place to get detailed drawings and instructions to end up with a real high quality guitar?

Can anyone comment on what I should do and whether or not it's a good idea?

I'm a mechanical engineer and have a fab shop at my disposal for free. Our purchasing agent can get me 304 stainless steel pretty cheap, as much steel as we already buy. Then I can get it etched and chrome plated where I get my Harley parts chromed. I "think" all I'd have to buy is a neck and a resonator. What about a spider bridge versus a hardtail bridge?

Any and all advice, ideas, comments, hints, etc. will be GREATLY appreciated.


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Playing Since: 2008
Experience Level: Novice

Gender: Male
Age: 68

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Sax. A little guitar. Trying to get better.

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RMississippi John Hurt. Mississippi Fred McDowell. Lightnin' Hopkins. Albert King. Elmore James. Robert Johnson. Jimmy Reed. Big Mama Thornton. Etc.
Beatles, Stones, Who, Kinks, Blodwyn Pig, Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, Ramones, Janis Joplin, Sex Pistols.
Benny Goodman, Anita O'Day, James Brown, Hendrix (!!!), Leo Kottke, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong. Everything but Norteno and Opera (though I saw an excellent production of Madame Butterfly in English shot on sets on PBS years ago).

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Old, bald & gray, but still turning rock & roll up too loud. I'm trying to finally learn guitar and I'm real fortunate to have a great teacher whose very flexible with me and how I learn. I love music of just about any type from any era, but my true love is 20's through 50's country, finger picking blues. Think Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson up through Lightnin' Hopkins. And all other blues as well.

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