Custom Resonator Guitar Bridge`s and Slides

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Project by mountain934 posted 03-25-2011 12:45 PM 6593 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here you see some of my custom made resonator guitar bridges and slides. The bridges have a 41 mm piezo element buried inside them with the wire coming out the bottom which is then soldered onto an guitar input jack. The saddles are either bone or buffalo horn. The slide tops – bottom..Maple, Paduak and Black Walnut with cow bone bottoms.Funny thing about those slides I was asked by one of my customers to make him a resonator ” shubb” type slide. So I made 3 and he bought the paduak and I sold the other 2 that same day. All my custom guiter parts that I make go by the product name of..Mojobone Works.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 05:03 PM

Greetings mountain934, Years ago I used to build resonator guitars for a guy down in Oklahoma… R.Q. Jones Resoponic Guitars. I built the bodys and necks, my wife did all the inlays on the neck, and Rudy finished them. We built them out of Black Wanut, Mahogany (Mahognanys were sunburst). We used either a spun or pressed cone in our guitars, and a spider bridge that screwed down on top of the cone, and the spiders had 2 maple inserts where the strings went across them, and down to the tailpiece. They were fun to build. Do you use a spun or pressed cone in your guitars? What kind of wood for the neck and bodies? Those are unusual bridges and saddles you make…..different, but very nice…..I hope you do well in your endevors….

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

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#2 posted 03-26-2011 01:34 AM

hey Rick, these piezo biscuits are for cigar box reso builds. The brass cone pictured with my biscuit is like what we use in our builds. I belong to a homemade instrument site…homemade music clubhouse …where all my buscuits are sold to members there who use these homemade brass cones. By the way these brass cones are spun on a lathe and come in 9” and 6” sizes, their made in Texas by one of the members in the clubhouse.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 07:30 AM

I like hear more about your homemade instrument club. I am building some mountain dulcimers now but have plans on making a 5 sting mountain banjo the old style that is fret less, plus I make drums and Native American style flutes. Any information and other people with same interest to share knowledge with is always a welcome gift.

I am going to attempt making my own nut and bridge’s out of bone for my dulcimers any advice?

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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