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Aug 20, 2019 - 7:27:25 PM
3 posts since 8/20/2019

Greetings! I’m looking to build an 8-string squareneck resonator for a client. Does anyone have a source for plans that might get me started down the right track? Thanks!

Aug 21, 2019 - 9:50:25 AM



568 posts since 9/2/2008

The only squareneck resonator plan I'm aware of is the blueprint from Resophonic Outfitters.  This plan will be for a small "Regal" size body, 6-string, with internal soundwell and laminate constriction.

A detailed capture of a guitar build, with lots of photos, is in the Reso Hangout Storage.  This is a solid wood, soundpost and baffle design.

Good luck in the venture!

Aug 21, 2019 - 7:46:48 PM

3 posts since 8/20/2019

Thanks for the tips (I’ve gotten some though private messages too). I’ve got the plans coming and now only would like to poll folks about nut/saddle width and string spacing. Is it standard to maintain the same spacing or compress it a bit?

Aug 22, 2019 - 7:03:13 AM

1888 posts since 8/3/2008

From my Beard shop days:

Beard has a suitable nut. You'll not want 6 string spacing or a six string neck. As an 8 string player I encourage you to trust me on this.

8 str nut = 7.5
brg = 9.75

Edited by - hlpdobro on 08/22/2019 07:05:15

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:10:50 AM

993 posts since 9/29/2009

Multiplying 7.5 mm spacing by 7, you get 52.5 mm, from 1st string to 8th string, which converts to 2.1 in. The extra large Beard nut which Howard refers to is linked below. It is 2 1/2 in. wide. Allowing for 1/8 in. margin on each end, you get 2 1/4 in. from 1st string to 8th string. Dividing that by 7 you get 0.321 in. spacing, which converts 8.16 mm.

Edited by - SamCy on 08/24/2019 07:23:05

Aug 25, 2019 - 7:29:38 AM

3 posts since 8/20/2019

Thanks. This has all been very helpful. Looking forward to getting on with the build!

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