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under 1000 8 string square neck resonator?

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Nov 8, 2018 - 6:13:01 PM
56 posts since 12/18/2013

what square neck resonator for under 1000 would you recommend that is 8 string sounds good and made from all solid wood? I see DeNeve resonators going for around 600-1000 what is his new price and does he still make them? Any other brands I should look at? I'm VERY willing to buy used.

Nov 9, 2018 - 5:41:17 AM



977 posts since 9/28/2010

I picked up a used Gold Tone a couple years back, and it's done a fine job. (I did get lucky with a Beard setup that I learned about after the fact.) It sounds good, plays well, and does fine in C6, in spite of the lighter string gauges. $1000 is probably a good price to have in mind, with a bit in reserve just in case. Or, be patient and wait for a bargain, then jump on it.

Nov 9, 2018 - 9:43:33 AM

2495 posts since 7/27/2008

Not that comparing how we might sound to Mke Auldridge would necessarily teach us a whole lot, but if memory serves Mike played an 8 string DeNeve on the 2002 CD The Resocasters. I''m on a road trip so I can't verify that without having the CD booklet in front of me. The album was recorded a couple years prior to Mike signing on with Paul Beard to introduce the MAS guitars

 The CD featured along with a great lineup of supporting players and a couple of vocalists,  Mike, Jimmy Heffernan, and pedal steel legend Hal Rugg who went acoustic with a Franklin Pedabro. If you don't own this CD you can order it on Jimmy Heffernan's site, and you can thank me later.

On the tunes where Mike plays 8 string you can get a pretty good idea about the DeNeve. Though I will say when it comes to DeNeve six string resos the ones to which I have been exposed  over the years have been a mixed bag to my ears. Some I have liked and others I didn't care for at all. But that might be just me - there are some who own multiple DeNeves and think they are the best resos ever.  

This goes against the grain of the philosophy which I know is held by some that a one man shop made in the U.S. guitar automatically trumps an Asian factory produced guitar every time. I was at a big jam recently and the host has a  houseful of guitars, some quite expensive from the likes of Santa Cruz and Collings. He had recently purchased a new OM style Blueridge flattop and a number of us were blown away by how nice a guitar it was. Sounded good and played like butter. I think he spent $600.

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 11/09/2018 09:46:53

Nov 9, 2018 - 1:42:29 PM

56 posts since 12/18/2013

I was just looking for recommendations I'm not dead set on a deneve. I just liked the price, the good reviews and the handmade construction. Blueridge does not make resonators so want brand do you think I should look into . I had a goldtone beard roundneck resonator that I was very unimpressed with( the build quality and intonation not the sound).

Nov 9, 2018 - 2:07:25 PM

762 posts since 10/27/2013

I bought an Adams 8 string for about $800. Nice instrument. You have to be pretty obsesive and patient but bargains pop up.

Nov 9, 2018 - 3:00:56 PM



977 posts since 9/28/2010

I was never crazy about the Gold Tones when tried out at various stores, but figured I'd have to take whatever 8 string I could find. It happened to be Gold Tone, and just happened to be a good one.

Nov 9, 2018 - 4:06:07 PM

58 posts since 7/25/2016

Good luck finding a solid wood guitar for under $1K. Several laminated wood guitars have been produced though. I know Gregg McKenna built some 8's in lam. birch besides those already mentioned.

You might check with Tom Warner and see if he offers 8 stringers. I doubt he builds a solid wood guitar for your budget, but his instruments are great values at reasonable prices. Good Luck!

Nov 9, 2018 - 4:50:40 PM
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1538 posts since 4/27/2009

My Dobro brand 8 string cost me around $800.00-$850.00, somethin like that. I think it's an early '80s model. Honestly, the thing is a hoss. Really cuts thru
Good luck in your quest

Nov 10, 2018 - 1:20:15 PM

163 posts since 8/25/2008

There is a Gold Tone 8 string on Ebay right now for $649.00 and $36.00 shipping. Take a look.

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