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Oct 7, 2023 - 1:23:04 PM



67 posts since 9/7/2023

I reconstructed a Regal (I've posted the photos of #2) and put in a Beard Legend and #14 spider. Everything sounds great then a week after I finished, the low D string is doing something interesting. It is doing a "jawari" vibration. In Indian music Sitar and Sarod (which is so like a dobro) Tanbura etc... they run the strings over a flat bridge that is often 2" long. This causes a phenomenon that the Indians call "jawari" it's that :buzzing: sound of the music you hear but it's very complex and so far acoustics research has not been able to explain exactly how it happens. The really interesting thing is that it creates a kind of energy feedback so the string sustains longer. And so my low D does indeed sustain longer than it used to and longer that the other low strings (or any other string).

I adjusted to tension screw both ways and it is not due to that. Do any builders or set up folks know from experience what is happening? I heard two other inexpensive dobros that had this one on the high G and another on the high D I'm wanting to make a dobro into a pseudo Sarod I love that sound. One of these "bad" resos was the infamous $199 Rogue and the high D was amazing sang all night long.

Any comments ? Thanks

Oct 10, 2023 - 9:15:05 AM



1486 posts since 9/28/2010

Decades ago I had an inexpensive 12-string. The string tension warped the body, so I removed the saddle to make it playable. Not knowing what I was doing, I ended up with that sound and thought it was quite cool. So...I myself think it's worth exploring. Play with it a bit, and post a sound file so we can all hear.

Oct 10, 2023 - 9:57:39 AM

797 posts since 1/18/2012

Anything, just about, can be 'musical'---let's not forget this guy. . .

Oct 10, 2023 - 8:01:17 PM
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823 posts since 9/2/2008

It's possible the string slots in the saddle (I take it you get the "sitar buzz" whether open or barred) are flat rather than sloped to the tailpiece. It doesn't take a full 2" of flat saddle slot to get a buzz, desirable or not.

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