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Author Topic: Any experience with a Gold Tone/Paul Beard GRS  (Read 1219 times)

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honeybee

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Any experience with a Gold Tone/Paul Beard GRS
« on: July 27, 2009, 02:09:05 PM »
Hi,

I have been looking for an inexpensive resonator guitar and have played a Gold Tone/Paul Beard GRS at a local shop (along with a bunch of other lower end resonators). I like the sound of the GRS best and the quality of it seems good. But I have pretty limited experience.

I am wondering if anyone owns or has played extensively a GRS with the Paul Beard set-up. If so, what do you think?

Thanks,

Honeybee

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Re: Any experience with a Gold Tone/Paul Beard GRS
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2009, 03:05:46 AM »
Having a fancy for another spider cone it did cross my mind to look at one some time back. However I resisted and instead bought myself the real thing (70's Dobro) for much the same money on (in great condition) ebay. I take the view that old\original is far nicer and also usually increases in value over new!

All that said, I can understand if you feel wary of the older stuff, so then Goldtone probably is the best of the bunch.
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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Re: Any experience with a Gold Tone/Paul Beard GRS
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2009, 06:54:01 PM »
The Beards are nice and a good value.
I played them but never owned one, but I had a mahogany Weissenborn by Goldtone that was really nice.
All of those will do fine and there is nothing wrong with them.
However, once you play a National against it it is like comparing a hamburger to a filet mignon.
I own a National El Trovador and it is like making it with Uma Thurman every time I play it. If you can come up with the extra money, go with a really good guitar like that. Every note will feel better. Depending on how many notes you plan on playing, the return on investment is outright sensual.
Of course, I can't play worth a shit. I am a harmonica player!
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