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Anyone upgraded parts on a Hound Dog?

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Jan 19, 2022 - 7:53:35 AM
29 posts since 3/23/2014

Hey folks-

I’d like to have a reso in open D, but don’t want to buy another axe if I can avoid it. I still have an old Hound Dog laying around and have been thinking about gutting it and replacing with a Beard Legend cone, Beard Shockwave bridge inserts, and a bone nut. That’s going to run north of a hundred bucks, and I want to make sure that it will be worth it. I know it will never sound like my MA-6, but can I expect a noticeable improvement? Thanks!

Jan 19, 2022 - 7:59:09 AM



1298 posts since 9/28/2010

Very noticeable- I upgraded an old import Regal years ago and the improvement was vast. And when I later upgraded further to an Appalachian, Tom sent me the body and I just transferred the parts. (Note- a friendly local luthier was on hand to help with the setup.)

Jan 19, 2022 - 6:51:14 PM
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3964 posts since 7/27/2008

Make the Search function your friend. A topic from several years ago which should be of interest, and I think there are more Hound Dog threads where That came from:


Jan 20, 2022 - 7:59:54 AM

29 posts since 3/23/2014

Thanks for the replies. I’m going to go ahead and order the parts. Now I just need to make sure I don’t bungle the job.

Jan 20, 2022 - 6:45:13 PM



281 posts since 5/11/2018

You’ll notice a huge improvement. If you’re doing it yourself and you’re never been inside a Reso before, consider signing up for Rob’s Reso Room and watching the setup video with Bobby Wright. He’ll show how to get the most from those new parts.

Jan 21, 2022 - 7:15:18 PM

2 posts since 12/18/2021

A couple of weeks ago I bought a used Beard cone from billjackson9114 here on ResoHangout. Last week I installed it in an old Rogue roundneck resonator that I bought in the early 2000’s. I did a bit of sanding to true up the cheap spider as well.

The end result is a huge improvement in both volume and sound quality. I bet you will see similar results in your Hound Dog.

May 8, 2022 - 8:49 AM

14 posts since 10/21/2020

I did some work on my hound dog. I took the spider bridge and sanded until it would sit flat on the surface of my table with no rocking back and forth I also replaced the cone with a beard bc1 the original. I'm really happy with the results. I saved the old town just in case but the clarity that I get now is really sweet

May 8, 2022 - 6:25:45 PM



3 posts since 3/28/2022

Originally posted by KennyBanks

 I saved the old town just in case ....

Reminds me of the Pogues song "Dirty Old Cone" smiley

May 17, 2022 - 6:30:16 AM



1 posts since 4/15/2022

Just upgraded my Wechter/Sheerhorn RS6524R with a Beard Legend cone, Beard #14 spider, Ebony capped maple inserts, D'Addario Nickle/Bronze resophonic strings and Hipshot locking tuning machines. Changed a good sounding resophonic into a great one, more volume,clean and balanced responce across the low, midrange and highs. No regrets on spending the money to upgrade. Its such a joy to play I can't put it down.

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