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Your QuickStart Guide To Resonator Guitars

first up on my list today is your
resonator guitar Survival Guide okay
because I think there’s a lot of myths
surrounding resonator guitars and it’s
like oh I can’t I can’t play a resonator
guitar I’m not good enough or I can’t
play a resonator guitar because I don’t
play slide or I can’t play a resonator
guitar because I have to learn a whole
new style of play that’s just not true
because resonator guitars you can tune
them to standard tuning and play
everything that you know on a regular
guitar on a resonator guitar and it’s
gonna sound awesome it’s another it’s
another sonic flavor to add to your
arsenal so I want to discuss resonator
guitars today because I want you to be
able to walk into your local guitar
store or shop online and know what
you’re looking at and be confident
enough to give them a shot because
they’re really fun I mean resonator
guitars are truly magical instruments so
let’s dig in
the first choice that you’re gonna need
are the first choice that you’ll be
confronted with when it comes to
resonator guitars is neck type okay now
what I’m talking about here is the
actual profile of the neck you’re either
gonna see a round neck resonator guitar
or a square neck resonator guitar and
luckily for us here I’ve got both on
hand this is a round neck I’m gonna have
a stand
this is a round neck resonator guitar
the neck is round you play it like
standard guitar this over to my right is
is a square neck resonator guitar
you can’t fret I mean you literally
can’t fret this the nuts sitting they
the strings are about a half inch off
the fretboard and square neck resonator
guitars are made to play flat in your
lap so think like dobro style or like
bluegrass dobro sometimes people call it
lap slide all of those names suffice for
a square neck resonator guitar so a
first choice round neck or square neck
square neck is exclusively for lap style
playing round neck you can play your
standard stuff that you play on your
normal guitar or you can play with a
bottleneck slide or something like that
okay so now that we got that out of the
way
now let’s get into the meat and potatoes
of the dish okay because resonator
guitars have resonator systems in them
that’s what helped them make the sound
that they do and you’re probably gonna
run into three of the most common
resonator systems when you’re out there
looking at resonator guitars and I want
you to be able to tell the difference
between the two and I want you to be
able to hear the difference between I’m
sorry between the three I said – there’s
three so let’s start with the most
common resonator system and that is a
single cone resonator that is of a
biscuit style okay now you’re gonna be
looking at a picture and you’ll see that
the single cone resonator it’s like a
luminance pker cone that’s pointed
inside the guitars body and the strings
go over this wooden saddle that sits on
top of a wooden disc and that’s lovingly
referred to as the biscuit now these
particular guitars sound extremely
distinct because they’re they’re very
barky they have this beautiful kind of
thump and and really strong projection
but they decay really quickly they don’t
have a ton of sustain they may have a
little bit more sustain than a standard
flat top acoustic guitar but in the
resonator guitar world a single cone
biscuit style resonators have a very
quick decay so they’re really good for
slide they’re great for blues if you if
you find yourself finger picking like
ragtime II a real thumpy blues a single
cone biscuit style resonator is the one
that I definitely think you should check
out and it’s probably the most common
out there if you look at many national
guitars oftentimes they are a single
biscuit cone style guitar in fact the
one that I have here next to me is a
single cone biscuit style resonator
guitar this is a super oak Collegium
that was actually made by national and
under the hood it is a single cone
biscuit style resonator and it has just
a beautiful thumb
she said really nice projection good
strong sustain rather I’m sorry good
strong projection but a little bit shy
on the sustain end of things so the
notes die pretty quickly but they’re
very strong right off the get-go
the next resonator style that you’re
gonna run into is called a spider bridge
or a spider cone resonator style
now this particular resonating system is
a lot different than the biskits style
because the cone is actually inverted
the cone of a spider bridge is actually
outward like much like a speaker so
think of the guitar as a speaker cabinet
and that aluminum resonator cone is
shooting out and on top of that
resonator cone looks like actually looks
like a spiderweb and the strings go
across that on top of a wooden saddle I
happen to have an example of a spider on
bridge here and this is my beard Bell
peer guitar from the front you you’d
never be able to know but if you look
under the cover plate you’ll start to
see that spiderweb the kind of bracing
system that the saddle sits on and that
is what indicates a spider bridge
resonator guitar these guitars are
common on square neck guitars obviously
and also round neck and what’s
significant about these spider bridge
resonating systems is that they’re very
long on sustain they’re very good at
note articulation they’re really lush
and huge sounding they might not be as
loud as a single cone biscuit style
resonator guitar but for what they lack
in volume they make up for in sustain so
if you like doing slide really long kind
of sensitive passages if you will a
spider bridge resonator guitar would be
a great option for you and last but
certainly not least probably the most
intimidating of all the resonators is a
tri cone okay so a tri cone as the name
suggests is three resonators there’s
three 10-inch resonator cones kind of
oriented like the biscuit style or
resonator but they’re three right
there’s two on the base end of the side
the base side of the guitar and a single
one on the treble side of the guitar and
running across them is a metal or like a
cast aluminum tee and that’s what the
strings actually run over now the
beautiful thing about tri cones is that
they actually marry the bark of a single
cone biscuit and the sustain of a spider
bridge resonator so you get this
beautiful projection the strong
projection but also this nice long tail
on the note they’re great for slide
awesome for alternate tunings and I
actually happen to have one here this is
a mule tricone and from the front you’d
say well tone that’s not much of a tri
cone but this is actually modeled after
a 1927 national where they put a try
I cone resonating system in a single
cone body more on this guitar here in a
second in fact you’ll be able to hear it
much better than if I played it with
this microphone so that’s that’s the
basics of resonator guitars can you play
a resonator guitar right now absolutely
you don’t need any special skills you
just need to want to make beautiful
sounding music and grab a resonator
guitar and you absolutely will be able
to just a quick run over again so neck
profile is the first option you’re gonna
run into you’re gonna run into round
necks or square neck square next are
exclusively lap style playing and round
necks you can do pretty much whatever
with and then you go into the resonating
systems you’ve got a single cone biscuit
bridge which is row bar key things
single cone biscuit four bark then you
have a spider bridge resonator think
spider bridge for smooth and sustain and
then you have a tri cone which is kind
of that that middle ground of sustain
and bark and you’re actually gonna hear
somebody play a try cone here when we
get to who I’m listening to this week
but I digress I want you to now be able
to go into your local guitar store and
confidently take a resonator guitar off
the wall be able to look inside it and
know what you’re looking at more
importantly be able to play it and have
fun with it because it’s resonator
guitars are so cool it’s like an instant
sonic addition to your guitar señal and
you don’t have to learn anything new
it just sounds amazing

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