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Sep 20, 2022 - 7:40:31 AM
2 posts since 9/20/2022

Hey Folks,

I'm a pedal steel player and wanted to add squareneck resonator to my arsenal. I recently acquired a Beard Road-O-Phonic and love the build quality of it but not sure it's exactly what I want. Any recommendations for a modern sounding reso? The Beard Model E is catching my eye but it is very pricey.


Sep 20, 2022 - 7:55:36 AM



1040 posts since 6/13/2012

Modern sounds.. Try Appy , or Beard MA-6 for modern sounding reso..

Sep 20, 2022 - 7:56:52 AM



1040 posts since 6/13/2012

The key to modern reso sound is the 'Legend' cone with a #14 spider and phosphor bronze strings..

Sep 20, 2022 - 8:14:06 AM

1318 posts since 8/4/2008

What's your budget?

Sep 20, 2022 - 1:02:06 PM

4158 posts since 7/27/2008

What Brad said Corbin  - we really need some idea of what you're willing to spend. 

You wouldn't go on an auto forum and ask for new car suggestions without stating a ballpark budget. There are a lot of dollars between a Toyota Corolla and a 5 Series BMW. 

New or used? Some folks want shiny, no dings, new guitar smell. Or, as long time member badger hear likes to say - buy used so that someone else had to take the initial depreciation. 

Tom suggested a Beard Mike Auldridge Signature. Wonderful guitar - but if you find the Beard E too pricey, you'll get no relief in the wallet with the MAS. It is essentially a modified version of a Beard E. 

Tom also mentioned "Appy" which is Appalachian. Tony Langley took over the business several years ago from the founder, Tom Warner,  who sadly passed away from Covid sometime back. The current Appalachians can be fairly reasonably  priced for a hand built American guitar. I would contact Tony and see what he has available, or how long the wait might be to get one built.


Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 09/20/2022 13:07:25

Sep 20, 2022 - 1:11:55 PM
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4158 posts since 7/27/2008

Also check out the classifieds  here. Steve Menasco has a Peter Mosco guitar for sale. I have never even seen one in person, but Peter has a good reputation as a builder. 


Edited by - MarkinSonoma on 09/20/2022 13:12:19

Sep 20, 2022 - 5:10:26 PM



232 posts since 1/24/2015

There’s a Tom Warner Appy on Reverb looks to be maple $1500. I couldn’t find a way to link it, but if you go to reverb and type in Appalachian in the search bar and scroll down a bit you will see it. Not much info on it, and the guy must be solid on his asking price cause it has had 5 offers and it’s still there.

Sep 21, 2022 - 7:25:30 AM



435 posts since 11/27/2014

There’s also a rosewood Sehy with a spruce top, on the steel guitar forum. Initially generating considerable interest on this forum, the seller raised the price but it didn’t sell. Since then he dropped it back down to $1500 with free shipping, I believe.

Edited by - docslyd on 09/21/2022 07:27:17

Sep 21, 2022 - 8:14:53 AM

2 posts since 9/20/2022

Thanks Everyone. I just talked with Tony at Appy. Seems like a great guitar for the price. I'm looking to max out at around $2200.

Sep 21, 2022 - 9:01:21 AM

160 posts since 8/12/2010

That Sehy looks like pretty good bang for the buck.  A three hour drive would let you look at it, play it, and contemplate.

Edited by - Dzyfyngrz on 09/21/2022 09:02:34

Sep 21, 2022 - 11:48:36 AM

4158 posts since 7/27/2008

Originally posted by capratt3

Thanks Everyone. I just talked with Tony at Appy. Seems like a great guitar for the price. I'm looking to max out at around $2200.

Good move. Though the are potentially a few good used options we have mentioned in the thread, to be able to talk to a builder and have him make a guitar tailored to your wants and needs is always a great option. 

Nov 18, 2022 - 9:11:34 AM



1040 posts since 6/13/2012

I agree with Mark on that thread.
Since everybody's ear is different, what you hear on U-Tube videos can be very mis-leading based on how the reso was miked.
You can go through many videos by different players and drive yourself crazy just listening to them.
Their attack on the strings at that time could me mis-construed especially if you have a head cold or something that day that could have an effect on your hearing.
Besides, the big time Droro pickers have honed their craft to a point that it becomes useless to base your opinion on the guitar you are looking for on those premises.
It also depends on whether you are looking for a more traditional sounding reso or a more modern sound which is currently in vogue.
Your enthusiasm for what you want to do in your journey should ultimately lead you to your decision on what to buy or have custom made to your specs. Hope this helps !

Nov 18, 2022 - 9:18:53 AM



1040 posts since 6/13/2012

I have five resos currently in my herd.
A 1933 Regal/Dobro which has been very extensively used
A 1982 10 string Dobro custom made for me in California,
A 2012 Crafters of Tennessee Tut Taylor custom built for me by Mark Taylor
A 2014 Appy #48 Custom built for me bt Tom Warner
A 2016 Slide-King palm pedal reso Built by Harry and David Jackson in Nashville
I post this because they are very different on tonal quality from each other.
So... chasing your idea of which tone you are looking for will be a challenge only you can conquer.

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