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Apr 13, 2021 - 9:01:25 AM
193 posts since 1/3/2011

I've been building resonator guitars for some years now. I don't sell them... they are built out of curiosity on how different woods play with the various metal components. I've probably built over twenty reso's over the years ( I've lost count ), most of which have met the metaphorical "shredder" after I've finished toying with them. However, there have been a few that, for whatever reason, I hesitated to destroy and ended up hanging on my shop wall. As of now, there are five of these orphans collecting dust.

I'm running out of wall space. That, and I can't possibly play all of these guitars. Given that I also collect Sho-Bro's and own a couple of high end reso's I find myself drowning in these things (kinda like gremlins, y'know). I need to thin things out...

I'm located a little west of Charlotte N.C. If anyone is, or is going to be in my area and is interested in one of these reso's feel free to PM me to set something up. I'm not interested in letting these things go sight unseen, nor am I willing to mail them. Come to my shop, take a look, bring your bar and picks for some jamming and maybe leave with a new axe.

A little background on these guitars. These are all, in my mind, considered prototypes. I built them as experiments in wood and metal. All wood is grade "a" or better purchased from various luthier supply mills. The various metal components are Beard, Replogle, Scheerhorn or in some cases StewMac (screens). Finish is nitrocellulose lacquer.

Again... I'm not a business. It was never my intent to sell guitars and I don't need the hassle associated with all the crap that sales entails. I'd estimate that the average cost to me to build one of these things is between $6-800.00 and I do not expect a negotiated price to meet that. But keep in mind, I may lose my shirt on these guitars but I don't intend to lose my pants too.

Anyway, there are pictures in my photo gallery of the five guitars I'm willing to part with.

Edited by - Phaedrus on 04/13/2021 09:02:54

Apr 13, 2021 - 3:22:19 PM
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53 posts since 1/24/2021

Not going to be nearby, but curious! I will at least go look at the pictures. Good Luck!

Apr 14, 2021 - 5:51 AM

Tom Jr.


539 posts since 7/28/2008

I used to have a farm in Crouse, NC decades ago near Lincolnton and as luck would have it, I am scheduling a training session that is being held in Dallas, NC in a few weeks. I would love to see your collection. My training is 8-5 with nothing to do the rest of the time but sit in a hotel room. My Dad built a fair few and I have one built so far with a couple others in progress.  

I lost some instruments in a series of house fires and now have a concrete safe room.  I lucked out and didn't lose everything but in the rebuild, I made a concrete safe room for important stuff like dobros.   I even let banjos and guitars hang out in there too.  Always room for more, though as my sister loves to say, "you can't ride two horses with one ass".

Edited by - Tom Jr. on 04/14/2021 05:59:07

Apr 14, 2021 - 8:09:03 AM

193 posts since 1/3/2011

Well dang, Tom... Dallas is a stone throw up the road. When things come together and you're headed this way let me know so I can send you the pertinent info. Though I jam with a few groups around here I have yet to meet another reso player, much less builder. You would be so welcome...

I wish I had your wall space. I haven't taken inventory lately, but between my Sho-Bro collection, my builds and my "active duty" resonators I'm probably around 15 or or more. Storage is a problem...

But yeah...I really look forward to the company...

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