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Jul 9, 2020 - 7:14:38 PM
3 posts since 1/6/2012

Although I have built about 30 acoustic guitars and electric basses, this will be my first resonator guitar. I'm building a wood biscuit bridge style.
Two questions:
1. Neck angle. I've seen everything from 4 degrees to 0 degrees. What's best and why?
2. How does the biscuit bridge fit on the cone? Does it rest on the ridge of the cone or do I modify the diameter of the biscuit to fit inside the ridge ? One source says on the ridge another says place in the indentation.

Jul 9, 2020 - 7:36:31 PM
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221 posts since 11/27/2014

The circular base of the biscuit should, out of the box, match the circular area of the cone. That puts it just on the circular ridge. No trimming should be needed.  Necks...I know nothing!

Edited by - docslyd on 07/09/2020 19:40:47

Jul 9, 2020 - 8:11:49 PM

3 posts since 1/6/2012

Thanks. Didn't want to mess up a nice looking bridge. Available info seems a bit sketchy along with some unclear drawings.
Thanks again. Now for the neck angle.

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:20:04 AM
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242 posts since 9/24/2014

Keep in mind that the cone will compress with string tension.

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:43:18 PM
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82 posts since 6/9/2010

I just replaced the cone and biscuit in my National, and still have the perfectly good, old cone and biscuit... I looked at it, and without taking the biscuit off, certainly looks like the biscuit is riding on top of the ridge, and definitely not down inside it.

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:11:24 PM
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3 posts since 1/6/2012

Thanks. Sounds in line with another reso person. Like I said, info for biscuit resonators is sketchy or unclear.

Jul 14, 2020 - 12:13:16 PM



620 posts since 9/2/2008

John, welcome to the Hangout.

I don't have this blueprint, but even though it's a metal body print, it might give you ideas for cone ledge height, and maybe a start for neck set:

Other than tat, you'll be setting the neck angle much like your other acoustic guitars, with an admittedly floppier "top".

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