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Mar 13, 2021 - 7:58:50 AM
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1010 posts since 6/13/2012

There are so many cover plate designs currently used by luthiers today which is a good thing because it creates interest in the guitar itself. What is the first thing that catches your eye when looking at a resonator guitar ? Usually the cover plate. Non players look at it and say " Wow" ! Check that out !
With all the designs out there, the original 'fan' type is the most often recognized. How many of you players out there have selected a different design to make your reso different from the others ? The 'Celtic Knot" cover plate comes to mind.
Let's hear from you out there on this subject .

Mar 13, 2021 - 8:28:24 AM
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44 posts since 1/2/2020

I really like the Celtic Knot pattern, too. I wanted it my on Byrl but couldn't get it because Beard only puts it on his guitars and won't sell them to others. So, I got the Lyre pattern and I do like it. I feel like it has more open area and might let more sound out (just my opinion).

Mar 13, 2021 - 11:24:47 AM

525 posts since 11/9/2008

The fan is great and looks classy on most guitars, but is so very common. I have liked the Rosetta coverplate ever since it was introduced by Beard and have had it used on my last two custom guitars. It really helps set the guitar off and helps make it unique.  A few years ago, after getting my maple B&B and liking it so much, I commissioned Dan to build me a Tasmanian Blackwood reso.  It's not done yet, but I picked out the hardware back then and shipped it to him.  I went with the Lyre coverplate because it's my favorite of the "original" plates and had it and the rest of the hardware power coated to make it even more unique.  Can't wait until that one's finished!


Edited by - SlimPickins on 03/13/2021 11:33:10

Mar 13, 2021 - 1:31:27 PM

docslyd

USA

401 posts since 11/27/2014
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Poinsettia because you don’t often see it on modern builds, mostly on old dobros. The Beard designs are innovative but beginning to elicit a yawn from me. My favorite guitars have poinsettia coverplates...as well, it is the best sounding.

Mar 13, 2021 - 1:55:34 PM
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3970 posts since 7/27/2008

My guitars all have the the  Art Deco/fan plate, which is fine with me - that's the classic look.

Though in my opinion the coolest coverplate in the biz is the Hearts & Flowers theme on the Beard Mike Auldridge model. Except you have to buy a MAS guitar attached to it to be able to own the coverplate.  My only criticism is why doesn't Paul include a removable palm rest on these newer cutting edge models which go for some pretty serious money? 

I have a new in the box Scheerhorn coverplate with removable palm rest that will be going on a guitar fairly soon. Before these were seen on Scheerhorn guitars, or one of the import plates that Paul Beard sells on Resophonic Outfitters, I believe they were first spotted a bunch of years ago on the no longer made National Model D. A removable palm rest is simply a no brainer to me. 


 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 03/13/2021 13:59:17

Mar 13, 2021 - 2:00:32 PM

resotom

USA

1010 posts since 6/13/2012

Mark...my 10 string Dobro model 60 has no palm cover on it. So muting strings is very easy when I need to do that..Just sayin'

Mar 13, 2021 - 2:11 PM
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3970 posts since 7/27/2008

Yeah, and that's why Greg Booth doesn't have a palm rest on his Scheerhorn - likely comes from decades as a gigging pedal steel player.

Muting aside, it makes  sense to me to have a palm rest one can unscrew for string changes, eyeballing that everything is good with the bridge insert, etc. 

Mar 13, 2021 - 7:20:20 PM
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LukeL

USA

283 posts since 5/11/2018

On my first decent guitar, a Beard Deco 57, I switched the fan for a lyre just to try something new. My current one has the shockwave cover plate but Byrl is building my new guitar and we’ll be using the lotus with a removable palm rest which I've never tried.

Edited by - LukeL on 03/13/2021 19:22:27

Mar 13, 2021 - 9:20:35 PM

118 posts since 9/27/2018

quote:
Originally posted by SlimPickins

The fan is great and looks classy on most guitars, but is so very common. I have liked the Rosetta coverplate ever since it was introduced by Beard and have had it used on my last two custom guitars. It really helps set the guitar off and helps make it unique.  A few years ago, after getting my maple B&B and liking it so much, I commissioned Dan to build me a Tasmanian Blackwood reso.  It's not done yet, but I picked out the hardware back then and shipped it to him.  I went with the Lyre coverplate because it's my favorite of the "original" plates and had it and the rest of the hardware power coated to make it even more unique.  Can't wait until that one's finished!


Hey Brent, that sounds awesome! Just out of curiosity, where did you get the hardware powder coated? I'm looking to get a tailpiece done to match some other powder coated hardware. Thanks!

Mar 14, 2021 - 6:01:14 AM

525 posts since 11/9/2008

Hey Jim,

I ordered the raw brass hardware from Beard and there is a guy just outside of my home town with a machine shop. I had him do it. He did this hardware for me and he also cerakoted the hardware I had Tom Warner put on my myrtle Appalachian. I have since sold that guitar and could kick myself for it. It was a real beauty.

Edited by - SlimPickins on 03/14/2021 06:01:55

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Mar 14, 2021 - 10:04:42 AM

186 posts since 11/24/2019

I just got a barely used Appalachian with a Lyre coverplate. I would really like to find one with a removable palm rest. Beard seems to be out of all but the import one, and I doubt that it would fit this instrument.

Does anyone know of a supplier that might have something like this in stock?

Mar 14, 2021 - 10:50:36 AM

525 posts since 11/9/2008

Hey Willard,

You could try to contact National Guitars about the coverplates they put on the Scheerhorn models. I believe they have the removable palm rests. I know Kent Schoonover had been getting his plates from National for a while, so I imagine they will sell them outright.

Mar 14, 2021 - 12:48:46 PM

resotom

USA

1010 posts since 6/13/2012

Are all cover plates the same diameter ? Let's hear from you out there .

Mar 14, 2021 - 1:07:26 PM

3970 posts since 7/27/2008

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Originally posted by Three_Eyed_Willy

I just got a barely used Appalachian with a Lyre coverplate. I would really like to find one with a removable palm rest. Beard seems to be out of all but the import one, and I doubt that it would fit this instrument.

Does anyone know of a supplier that might have something like this in stock?


The Scheerhorn coverplate with the removable palm rest I mentioned in an earlier post came from National, since they are building the Scheerhorn guitars that I like to call Nati-horns. 

I was able to purchase it from them when I visited the National facility here in California a couple years back. But they don't show this coverplate as an item that can be ordered from their online store, so you would need to contact them to see if they are willing to sell one to you. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 03/14/2021 13:08:27

Mar 14, 2021 - 11:19:27 PM

186 posts since 11/24/2019

Thanks, Mark!

Mar 15, 2021 - 4:26:45 AM

3970 posts since 7/27/2008

You're welcome Willard.

I just re-read your post above - I believe the only coverplates with removable palm rests which have ever been offered by Beard are  the two imported versions, the lotus and the traditional fan. 

Resophonic Outfitters shows the fan is available, but the lotus is indeed out of stock,  along with all the domestic coverplates that don't have removable palm rests.

 If you have no luck with National in procuring a Scheerhorn plate, then I'm pretty sure the import fan plate from Beard would fit just fine on the Appalachian. Otherwise I would think Paul would have boxes of these things sitting around collecting dust if they weren't a universal fit. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 03/15/2021 04:34:14

Mar 16, 2021 - 9:16:30 AM

186 posts since 11/24/2019

I may have found a source. I ordered a cover plate today. When I get it, I'll let you know if it is compatible.

Mar 17, 2021 - 11:31:06 AM

1143 posts since 9/29/2009

If anyone is interested in the National Scheerhorn coverplate with the removable palm rest, you should know that there have been two versions of the palm rest.

https://www.resohangout.com/topic/53237

Mar 17, 2021 - 12:33:43 PM

3970 posts since 7/27/2008

Sam, I clicked on the link and read your post. 

Do you have any idea when they changed the height on the Scheerhorn palm rest?

Earlier vs. later is pretty vague. 

If memory serves, the  Nati-horns hit the market in early 2013 after Tim brought the first three to ResoSummit in Fall 2012. 

Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 03/17/2021 12:35:25

Mar 17, 2021 - 5:11:18 PM

resotonic

Canada

17 posts since 11/8/2014

I like to paint mine; add texture too.


Mar 17, 2021 - 5:26:19 PM

3970 posts since 7/27/2008

That looks great D J! Particularly in contrast to the whitish guitar.

Mar 17, 2021 - 6:58:36 PM

1143 posts since 9/29/2009

I enquired of National in April of last year and got a reply from Jason Workman confirming that the palmrests had changed after deciding that the first batch National made was too tall, but he didn't say exactly when that was. Perhaps Jason can give you a more precise date.

workman@nationalguitars.com

Mar 17, 2021 - 9:09:37 PM

1143 posts since 9/29/2009

Elderly carries the National Scheerhorn coverplates, but is out of stock at the moment.

https://www.elderly.com/collections/category_resonator-instrument-parts-accessories/products/national-scheerhorn-coverplate

Mar 18, 2021 - 6:21:22 AM

Dogwood

USA

75 posts since 6/2/2020

What is the best method to clean a cover plate, I got some polish from Beard, but it does not remove all the stain/sweat marks?

Nov 11, 2021 - 9:26:31 AM

14 posts since 6/19/2021

I really like the chickenfoot design. Classic, and sounds great.

Nov 12, 2021 - 11:39:18 AM

1329 posts since 1/14/2011

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Originally posted by Dogwood

What is the best method to clean a cover plate, I got some polish from Beard, but it does not remove all the stain/sweat marks?


I use the Beard Resolution polish, and it works great to remove all dirt, grime, sweat, tears, blood, etc. from my Beard cover plate and the guitar's body and neck.

Maybe your cover plate finish has a problem...

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