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Beard Standard R model or Blackbeard

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Jan 28, 2020 - 5:45:35 AM
11 posts since 4/5/2012

Trying to decide which one to purchase. Opinions?

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:31:42 AM

1926 posts since 8/3/2008

Questions?

Both fine guitars.

h

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:35:30 AM

1158 posts since 7/28/2008

Not really enough information to offer an opinion. Both are well made instruments I'd be proud to own. I've played several Standard R (Mahogany) models. Very consistent sound. Have not played a Blackbeard (have heard others play in person). What are you looking for in terms of sound, budget, etc? Playing them is the one sure way to decide.

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:39:01 AM
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1926 posts since 8/3/2008

I've often thought about writing a pamphlet "How To Buy A New Boutique Guitar" smiley

Step one is "Choose a builder" (Although the best Step 1 is "Play lots of different guitars")

Step 2 is "Discuss requirements and preferences and receive guidance from builder."

fwiw..I've played dozens of each model. Hence "questions?".

 

Edited by - hlpdobro on 01/28/2020 06:42:28

Jan 28, 2020 - 7:20:42 AM

1009 posts since 9/29/2009

According to the Beard web site, the Standard R has a soundwell, while the BlackBeard has a baffle. Also the BlackBeard has the larger E body. Maybe Howard could explain what effect those differences have on the sound.

Edited by - SamCy on 01/28/2020 07:32:08

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:52:21 AM
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1126 posts since 1/14/2011

quote:
Originally posted by SamCy

According to the Beard web site, the Standard R has a soundwell, while the BlackBeard has a baffle. Also the BlackBeard has the larger E body. Maybe Howard could explain what effect those differences have on the sound.


Yes, Howard can try, but jmoliver won't really know the difference unless he plays them both himself. It's often difficult, time-consuming, and sometimes requires an investment of travel, but there's no substitute for actually playing the guitars yourself.

quote:
Originally posted by hlpdobro

 Although the best Step 1 is "Play lots of different guitars"


^^this^^ is the best advice

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:59:52 AM

36 posts since 1/7/2019

At ResoGat last year I was able to play maybe fifteen different guitars over a few days. Some vendors are there with their guitars, but also all the players are pretty nice about letting you try theirs. If you are able to make the trip in July it is well worth it.

Jan 28, 2020 - 9:41:08 AM
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1926 posts since 8/3/2008

Life often does not cooperate so, in that case, the builder is your best resource.

Speaking as a guy who has played some number between 600-900 square neck guitars (I ain't kidding).

It's been an education.

h

Jan 29, 2020 - 3:12:16 AM

11 posts since 4/5/2012

Thank you all for your helpful advice. JMO

Jan 31, 2020 - 1:17:46 PM

11 posts since 4/5/2012

Kelfrankin ... Thank you very much Kelly! I owned an R model previously and loved it! However, I have a 1976 Dobro and the type of sound was very close. Although the Beard had greater clarity, I held on to the Dobro since it was given to me by my dad who has since passed away. I pulled the trigger on a Blackbeard yesterday ... I’ll let you know after I receive it in a couple of weeks if I made the right choice! Unfortunately, I don’t live near anywhere to have the opportunity to test-run many Reso’s.

Thanks again for your kind and helpful input.
Blessings,
JMO

Feb 1, 2020 - 12:27:17 AM

1126 posts since 1/14/2011

quote:
Originally posted by jmoliver

 Unfortunately, I don’t live near anywhere to have the opportunity to test-run many Reso’s.


https://reverb.com/item/15927818-acoustic-guitar-resonator-guitar-masterbuilt-ralph-luttrell-dobro-style

Feb 5, 2020 - 4:06:06 PM

202 posts since 4/5/2012

I've had both. Different animals...the Blackbeard has a big, open full range sound, the R Model was somehow more focused. I ended up loving the R Model a LOT and selling the Blackbeard....and folks who played both agreed with me that the R Model had some sort of magic that the Blackbeard lacked. And as Howard says, the R Models are very consistent, so mine wasn't some sort of special one. But it clearly varies - as you know, JD plays the Blackbeard (which, of course, was designed for the sound he wanted)! But in his other band, he plays a more traditional-sounding Reso...

Feb 6, 2020 - 9:56 AM

1126 posts since 1/14/2011

quote:
Originally posted by gzerninplatz

 JD plays the Blackbeard (which, of course, was designed for the sound he wanted)


In my experience, the Blackbeards seem to be quite inconsistent in terms of sound. I played on Mike Witcher's, which has volume but quite a dark sound. I recently played one at Gryphon that was quite bright sounding. And neither of them sound like any of the recordings of JD playing his.

Feb 6, 2020 - 10:05:24 AM

1926 posts since 8/3/2008

Your experience is super limited.

1. New guitar versus broken in guitar.
2. Your right hand versus "Mr X's" right hand.

Upload a file with your E. I'll play an E and we'll compare.

h

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