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Mar 1, 2024 - 8:18:55 PM

SAReso

South Africa

11 posts since 3/19/2022

Good day everyone. I have been playing a Gretch Honeydipper reso for a while, but even after upgrading cone, etc, this thing just would not "talk" to me. Nett result - I sold it. Which brings me to my question. Does anyone here have had any experience with the Aeirsi Tricone resonators? I know this does not vaguely match up to a National or one of the top brands, but as a committed back yard blues slide player, I was just thinking of getting one of these since it would not really break the bank. I would appreciate any info I could get. One of the things bothering me, as that they state the nut width at 48mm on the website. Usual is 43mm. Just wondering if these things have "tree trunk" necks?

Mar 3, 2024 - 12:09:25 PM

tomkatb

USA

405 posts since 1/31/2015

I own a hot rodded Honeydipper. Although better than new not my favorite.

I had the Recording king square neck(used). Did not like it. Dull sounding. My first resonator guitar.

I had the same luthier remove the paint from the support assembly under the cones. New Quarterman cones and a hard maple bridge. It is a dandy. Gave it to my kid. Regret doing it. The luthier said it had "good bones". not sure what he meant.

Unfortunately buying site unseen as we must you never know.

Good luck.

In the US we have resonator guitar gatherings(Resogat) and others. Often over 100 guitars there to listen to. Finding a seller with much inventory is tough.

Mar 3, 2024 - 3:55:54 PM

4692 posts since 7/27/2008

Just avoid any confusion, I'm guessing the Gretsch Honeydipper you owned was a  since you refer to yourself as a backyard blues slide player, as opposed  to squareneck for lap style. It's good to make that clear from the get go because the majority of our members are primarily lap style  players, and some kind of subconsciously default to lap style thinking in some of these topics. 

Mar 3, 2024 - 5:06:18 PM

4692 posts since 7/27/2008

Bad editing in my post above - didn't catch it in time to fix it. But the gist of it is that you're looking at an Aiersi roundneck tricone. I googled how long they have been around, which is about 15 years. We hear of them a little more in the U.S. than we used to, but the bottom line is they are one more company that builds guitars in China and ships them all over the world.  The brands we have been dealing with here for years who import resonators are American based - Gretsch, Regal, Recording King, Republic, Gold Tone, Royall and so on. And we can call them or send an email to their U.S. headquarters regarding questions and concerns and things don't get lost in translation. 

Is the guitar in the video below the one in which you are interested? Most of us here don't relate very well to metric when it comes to guitar measurements and the 48 mm is indeed a wider than normal nut, which converts to a hair over 1 7/8" or 1.89" wide. For that matter the tricone the Aiersi is imitating from National has a 1.82" nut - also on the wide side since typical steel string flattop guitars usually range from 1 11/16" to 1 3/4" wide.

A friend of mine had me babysit his late '90s National Tricone for a year while he was employed by a construction contractor in the middle east several years ago, and if it had the 1.82" nut I didn't recall that it felt particularly wide. I really liked that guitar - didn't want to give it back when his contract was completed.

As far as beefiness of the Aiersi neck - I have no clue - I have yet to see the brand in any guitar stores that I visit.

Mar 3, 2024 - 9:14:39 PM

SAReso

South Africa

11 posts since 3/19/2022

Thank you to everyone for your input. Yes, the tricone is the same as in the video. My apologies, did not realise that most players here are lap style players. I do believe that Aeirsi supplies wholesale to Republic guitars who re-brand and sell them in the states. The reason why I asked the nut and neck questions, is that, Chinese manufacturers are notorious for listing incorrect measurements. I am in communication with the founder, Mr Devon Zhu, and I hope that he will be able to clarify. For the round neck players here, I will keep you posted should I decide to go with this guitar.

Mar 30, 2024 - 12:09:49 PM

Piro39

USA

15 posts since 1/29/2017

Please stop refering to tri-cones or biscuit bridge single cones as Dobros, They are not, only a dobro is a dobro which has a spider bridge.

Mar 30, 2024 - 12:35:09 PM

docslyd

USA

513 posts since 11/27/2014

If you want to get technical about it, even many (in existence) and all (newly built) spider bridge guitars are not Dobros either. Hence, most of us use the name resonator guitars. That covers all of them.

Mar 30, 2024 - 12:54:59 PM

2518 posts since 8/3/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Piro39

Please stop refering to tri-cones or biscuit bridge single cones as Dobros, They are not, only a dobro is a dobro which has a spider bridge.


Not entirely accurate as "Dobro" notably has also built biscuit bridge guitars.

 

h

Mar 30, 2024 - 2:02:40 PM

4692 posts since 7/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Piro39

Please stop refering to tri-cones or biscuit bridge single cones as Dobros, They are not, only a dobro is a dobro which has a spider bridge.


Scratching my head here - are you replying to the correct topic? I went back and read all of the prior posts, and unless someone did a quick delete so it's no longer visible, I couldn't find the word "Dobro" in any of them. 

Mar 30, 2024 - 2:55:50 PM

Piro39

USA

15 posts since 1/29/2017

I'm refering to the video that is posted where he is calling a tricone a dobro.

Mar 30, 2024 - 3:23:20 PM

docslyd

USA

513 posts since 11/27/2014

quote:
Originally posted by hlpdobro
quote:
Not entirely accurate as "Dobro" notably has also built biscuit bridge guitars.

h

....and lap steels.....and amps....

Thanks Howard.  This is fun and we could go on forever....

 


Mar 30, 2024 - 4:24:15 PM

4692 posts since 7/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Piro39

I'm refering to the video that is posted where he is calling a tricone a dobro.


Okay - got it. I posted that video almost a month ago and I don't recall how much of it  I actually watched. If you'd mentioned it was from the video in your earlier post it would have saved me from being confused. wink

Apr 1, 2024 - 7:30:04 AM

wlgiii

USA

1481 posts since 9/28/2010

I've had a Regal RC-51 round neck tricone for years that may or may not have been built at the same factory as Aiersi. It's been a good solid guitar, and though I don't know the exact nut width, it feels normal. One thing to watch out for with the import round necks, though: sometimes it's tough to get the action down where you want it while keeping a good string break angle. Yes, action is a bit higher for slide, but one still needs to fret. (I picked up a used battered Rogue wood biscuit for camping/experiments, and ended up converting to lap style, as it wasn't playable as a round neck.)

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