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The resonator guitar reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Troy Brenningmyer LessonswithTroy.com

Submitted by genesis1-1 on 9/3/2015

Overall Comments

 Troy's lessons offer a step-by-step method to get up and running and learn the instrument the right way.   He breaks things down in simple bite-size pieces. Every lesson is complete, relevant, and very useful.  The camera angles showcase the proper technique up close. I can't say enough  good things about his lessons. Even his Weisenborn and lap steel lessons are amazing. He makes the dobro easy and fun to learn

 

Overall Rating: 10

Gretsch: Bobtail Steel G9231 Square Neck Resonator Guitar

Submitted by genesis1-1 on 8/20/2015

Where Purchased: Guitar Center

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: (Dollars) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

This guitar is beautiful with the brushed metal. Has the unique steel tone. Has a banjo like sound. I play with it dry acoustically for blues, and bluegrass mainly.
It's definitely loud and clear on the top.

Sound Rating: 8

Setup

It's pretty decent. The strings that came with it were really light, but that's normal from stock.
So I put new strings DAddario EJ42 PB Resophonic String 16-56 very thick and they ring lou.

Setup Rating: 7

Appearance

This was a blowout special at GC as blemished but I could not find one blemish.
The instrument is a beautiful brushed metal vintage look and always catches attention.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

The body is Built like a tank, the neck and fingerboard looks a bit cheap (Made in China) but that's just purely looks. The frets are a bit edgy (not a perfect round smooth texture but for square necks you never touch the frets, neck, or fretboard so it's just purely cosmetic.

Reliability Rating: 6

Customer Service

Gretsch has a strong name and warranties everything.
And this instrument is a great quality practice and entry level instrument.

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The included pickup is obviously crap, out of the box it sounds like plastic. But I prefer mic' up anyway. I bought the guitar because I needed that steel blues/ trash can sound to play delta.

Components Rating: 5

Overall Comments

The instrument shines as a stand alone acoustic. The included pickup should just be ignored.

Strong body, great tone, and as a square neck, it does the job.  I'm very happy about the price too!

Overall Rating: 8

National Resophonic Guitars: Polychrome Tricone

Submitted by genesis1-1 on 8/20/2015

Where Purchased: Second Hand

Year Purchased:
Price Paid: 1500 ($US)

Sound

Love this instrument. The quality is amazing. I use it for blues, Hawaiian, blue grass.
It's beautiful bright, clean and loud but not too loud.

Sound Rating: not rated

Setup

No it was set up for low action regular finger style. I had this modified for slide playing. Currently experimenting with Open G and open D tunings. I also like to play this lapstyle too because it's so comfortable!

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Beautiful color has the tricone steel sound. Very unique sound of the polychrome model. As you can hear on YouTube. Everything is perfect on this guitar as far as the build. It's smooth all around. The details of National workmanship is absolutely amazing. This guitar makes all my other guitars seem like a toy.

Appearance Rating: 9

Reliability

This guitar looks and feels bulletproof. It's stands up to the National brand.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

N/a

Customer Service: not rated

Components

The cones ring for days. The neck is so comfortable. Feels like silk.the body is like a race car.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

All American high quality instrument that sounds brilliant and loud.  My first national, and this makes me feel like I only want nationals.

 

Overall Rating: 10

Lapsteel: Peavey

Submitted by genesis1-1 on 8/13/2015

Where Purchased: Guitar Center

Year Purchased: 2015
Price Paid: 229 ($US)

Sound

Works great with blues/rock type. I got this for practicing lap style and dobro. I've been playing Spanish style standard tuning for over 25 years. So this is my first lap style guitar.
It's fun but dull sounding . I'm using it plugged directly clean through my channel mixer going into my DAW.

Sound Rating: 4

Setup

Came in G Tuning. These units are mass produced in China. I wasn't expecting it to be perfect. There are buzzes and the bridge and but are definitely not set up properly.
I'd like to modify this if there are any mods available please let me know.
Basically you get what you pay for.

Setup Rating: 2

Appearance

The finger board is a little distracting. Almost like a shiny plastic rain boot material.
It's definitely a cheap unit.

Appearance Rating: 4

Reliability

It feels pretty strong, but the neck is somewhat toy like.

Reliability Rating: not rated

Customer Service

The strap broke right split down the middle of the sewed on button.
Glad I was sitting down when this happened. Obviously QC can't make them perfect at this price.

Customer Service: 5

Components

Strings are very thin and dinky. I'll have to upgrade them. Hopefully it won't destroy the guitar.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Good for practice use or to jam and record some quick parts in your song.

Overall Rating: 4

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