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May 10, 2021 - 7:42:14 PM
10 posts since 2/3/2021

Any recommendations for someone who does spider-bridge setup and repairs, preferably in the Seattle area? Portland or Spokane, or???

Thanks in advance —

Edited by - Russ Young on 05/10/2021 20:02:40

May 10, 2021 - 10:21:39 PM
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3575 posts since 7/27/2008

Good luck with this - if I were you (if you haven't already) start with Dusty Strings in Seattle, maybe they  can point you in the right direction. 

I don't know how things have been since the beginning of the pandemic, but Orville Johnson has been teaching at Dusty Strings for a number of years, maybe he has some ideas.

As far as Portland - no idea. Spokane - even less. And I have several family members in the Northwest, have spent a fair amount of time  in the region for both business and pleasure over the years. 

May 11, 2021 - 4:50:34 AM
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LukeL

USA

180 posts since 5/11/2018

You can mail your guitar to Bobby Wright for a world class setup if you aren’t near a shop that can do it. There is a lot involved in getting one to its best and I’ve found that few regular acoustic guitar setup shops really know how to do it well.

May 11, 2021 - 6:20:18 AM
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10 posts since 2/3/2021

Thanks, Luke. Bobby Wright’s name sure comes up a lot when the subject is resonator setup! I’m (hopefully) going to be in North Carolina this fall, so my guitar and I might pay him a visit.

Edited by - Russ Young on 05/11/2021 06:28:42

May 11, 2021 - 6:27:52 AM

10 posts since 2/3/2021

Mark — I already planned on calling Dusty Strings as soon as they open today. (They’ve been so slammed during the pandemic they’re only working on instruments purchased there.) Reaching out Orville Johnson is a good idea, though—thanks.

May 11, 2021 - 9:05:52 AM

LukeL

USA

180 posts since 5/11/2018

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Originally posted by Russ Young

Thanks, Luke. Bobby Wright’s name sure comes up a lot when the subject is resonator setup! I’m (hopefully) going to be in North Carolina this fall, so my guitar and I might pay him a visit.


You won't regret it- trust me! I just had mine setup again on Friday and it's always such an improvement. If you want his info let me know.

May 11, 2021 - 1:23:53 PM

MikeS

USA

245 posts since 5/1/2012

I believe Dusty Strings could do what you want. There is also (or used to be) Kat Fox also in Fremont area who did similar work. I hope this helps.

May 11, 2021 - 5:02 PM

10 posts since 2/3/2021

Mike — Dusty Strings is swamped, and is only working on instruments purchased from them. And Cat Fox left Seattle for Vermont a few years ago. But thanks for the suggestions!

May 11, 2021 - 5:53:55 PM

220 posts since 7/9/2010

Hello Russ,

I am not Bobby Wright. But you may become the next Bobby Wright. Howard has a video on Dobro Maintenance. I have certainly enjoyed his presentation. Paul Beard, Resophonic Outfitters, has a good DVD on Dobro Maintenance.

Which instrument needs attention? The National in your profile is a biscuit bridge, which isn't a spider dobro. The other National is a spider bridge. What seems to be the ailment with its spider?

May 12, 2021 - 6:27:26 AM

LukeL

USA

180 posts since 5/11/2018

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Originally posted by AradoReso

Hello Russ,

I am not Bobby Wright. But you may become the next Bobby Wright. Howard has a video on Dobro Maintenance. I have certainly enjoyed his presentation. Paul Beard, Resophonic Outfitters, has a good DVD on Dobro Maintenance.

Which instrument needs attention? The National in your profile is a biscuit bridge, which isn't a spider dobro. The other National is a spider bridge. What seems to be the ailment with its spider?


A lot can be learned from those videos, and don't forget the video by Rob Ickes and Bobby Wright on maintenance and setup over at Rob's Reso Room. But, as someone who's spent time watching Bobby set up guitars, I can say he goes way above and beyond to make your dobro sound its best- the Beard video and similar online videos don't compare to one of his setups.

May 12, 2021 - 7:53:16 AM

220 posts since 7/9/2010

Hello,

Having taken and rebuilt my OMI from the Beard and Howard videos, nothing is that special with a Reso. Different strings, cone, spider, and inserts are the options.

A Reso isn’t a banjo. One difference is between OEM spiders and current #14 spiders. My 1974 OMI #14 slot is 1/4” more shallow than the #14 spiders from Beard and Repogle.

I recently added pressed insert #40 hex caps to manage a removable palm rest resonator. Now it is more manageable with string changes. I use an Allen RS-2 tailpiece.

Having a flat area large enough to flat level a spider is required.

Oh, OMI spiders in any guitar are not ISO9001 certified like Beard and Repolgle are today. My treble side was higher the the base side. I struggled with leveling the inserts. Getting a different spider was a game changer.

May 12, 2021 - 9:24:15 PM

226 posts since 4/5/2012

THERE'S THE RIGHT GUY RIGHT HERE IN PORTLAND!!!!
Keith, the owner of 3 Tracks Music, worked as a luthier at National Resophonic in California before coming here...he has it down!!! And has some pretty cool custom resos in his shop for checking out...
3tracksmusic@gmail.com
Keith Kurczewski
(503) 847-7756
7429 N Lombard St
Portland OR 97203

May 13, 2021 - 9:20:26 AM

10 posts since 2/3/2021

Steve: Thanks for the tip. I’ll be in Portland in a couple of weeks, and will drop in to meet Keith.

John: I bought the Paul Beard DVD years ago, before I took apart my first vintage Dobro. Since them, I’ve “lifted the hood” on another Dobro, a couple of biscuit bridge guitars, my tricone and even one Schireson-cone guitar. I’m not Bobby Wright, Tim Scheerhorn or Paul Beard, but I didn’t mess up any of them, either! (And thanks for reminding me to change my profile picture.)

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