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I made an electric resonator guitar and filmed the entire process.

Oct 3, 2022 - 12:44:36 PM


New Zealand

3 posts since 6/27/2022

Youtube playlist of the videos here:


Body: Sapele
Neck: Maple
Fretboard: Macassar Ebony
Neck Pickup: Mr Glyn's Sassy P90
Resonator Cone: National Hot Rod
Biscuit Bridge: Fishman Nashville Resophonic
Preamp: Fishman Powerchip
Battery: Fishman Rechargeable
Tuners: Hipshot open gear locking
Cover Plate: Copper with patina
Frets: Stainless Steel
Side Dots: Luminlay
Front Dots: Mother of Pearl
Truss Rod: Allied spoke nut with Stealth access
Handrest: Ebony
Tailpiece: Ebony
Strap Buttons: Schaller S lock


Oct 5, 2022 - 9:55:38 AM
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745 posts since 9/2/2008

Really nice! Can't wait to see the videos.

Oct 5, 2022 - 10:43:10 AM

1367 posts since 1/14/2011

Cool build, but after listening to the last video, I could not hear the cone or any "resonation." Sounded like a regular electric to me...blush

Edited by - Oboe Cadobro on 10/05/2022 10:43:25

Oct 6, 2022 - 11:00:37 AM
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745 posts since 9/2/2008

Just finished the video series. Marvelous. Meticulous. Creative. Implemented to perfection. And well documented with the videos.

So much detailed hand work. Hopefully, I will learn to use tools as subtly and carefully as you.

Very interesting that the mill (often used for metalworking) is the main shop tool; it was used very effectively for multiple precision woodworking operations.

When amplified, I hear the subtle biscuit bridge resonator tone, mostly in the attack, My aural reference is an acoustic spider bridge resonator played with slide. I know National makes a Resolectric electric similar in concept and foundational components. Have you compared your unamplified and amplified tone to that guitar?

Thank you for sharing! In the early days of the "modern resonator guitar awareness", many builders shared documentation, pictures and videos of their works in progress. It's been largely missing recently; I am grateful that you brought that back with this build. Congratulations on your stellar work, and enjoy!

Edited by - daver on 10/06/2022 11:01:51

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