Resonator guitar

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Project by busupholstery posted 06-02-2010 02:47 PM 7214 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a guitar I converted from a broken acoustic guitar into an electric resonator guitar…....the cone is a bunt pan…...the sound hole i made from a cheese grater…....the cover plate I made from an aluminum pot lid…......I added a cutout for playing the higher frets…......the pickups I got on ebay with controls for $12.00…..they are Stratocaster copies…....I re-fretted and refinished the whole guitar…..sounds great…...You can check my Blog and see the slide show on Youtube of how I made this guitar…....

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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#1 posted 06-02-2010 02:50 PM

Hah – Excellent; what a great idea. Brilliant inventiveness.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#2 posted 06-02-2010 03:03 PM

I love it! But where is the kitchen sink? :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-02-2010 03:24 PM

Nice looking guitar, looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#4 posted 06-02-2010 03:54 PM

I really like this kind of work. So what’s the difference between a electric resonator guitar and an electrified accoustic? I assume it is the use of those kind of pickups rather than the single mic. you normally see ‘added’ to a regular accoustic.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 06-02-2010 04:27 PM

Rance…....a resonator guitar resonates the sound from the stings passing over the bunt pan or cone to make a different sound…...instead of a bridge on the wood like an acoustic guitar the bridge is on the cone…...they are used with a bottle neck slide most of the time…......check out resonator guitar on Youtube…......

-- Let's see......what can I use this for?

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 04:33 PM

A really unique project, well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 04:36 PM

Thats awsome! Looks better than my resonator for sure, and it’s a Fender. Would love to have a work of art like that. Maybe I should look for a broke acoustic like you did. We need a video of you playing it!

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#8 posted 06-02-2010 06:25 PM

Greetings, Years ago I used to build resonator, or resophonic guitars with a guy in Oklahoma. I built the bodys, neck, cut out the sound holes for the small screens, and the big hole for the cone… We used either spun or pressed cones. We used spider bridges set on the cone that had 2 maple or any hardwoods inset in the slot in the bridge to set the strings in and spaced equally apart, a raised bone nut at the peghead, and baffles in the curve of the body to get the trebble and bass balanced. Then they went to my wife and she did all the inlay on the neck and peghead…. either aboloney or mother of pearl, and Rudy, the owner, sprayed laquer to finish it….. We built walnut, mahogney, and even plywood….. don’t matter what kind of wood you use, it’s all in the cone and spider and adjusting nut….... We never used pickups like you did, cause we played bluegrass music at b.g festivals and they had mikes…Yours is very interesting…...great job.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#9 posted 06-02-2010 10:05 PM

oooooh I want one!

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#10 posted 06-02-2010 10:16 PM

Great Idea you can cut up a salad, at the same time as playing the star spangled banner .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 06-03-2010 02:24 PM

That is so cool!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#12 posted 06-06-2010 09:12 PM

good one buddy … fun stuff

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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