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Author Topic: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..  (Read 1757 times)

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Offline BottleneckJohn

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1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« on: September 06, 2012, 03:03:51 PM »
Here's my latest eBay find, guys!
It's a 1930's resonator guitar, that much is certain, the rest is a bit hazy, haha!   :D
The coverplate is a Charles E. Brasher, made in Canada. The guitar was imo built by a luthier(not a factory) as a Dobro copy, Regal style.. Solid mahogany sides, mahogany veneer top and back.



Anyhow, check out the clip if you want and find time.
It's a nice oldie brought back to life..  :D
It was amazingly beaten up and abused.. Had 5 big holes in the sides.

The guitar costed me $76.. The shipping $75, haha!!
« Last Edit: September 07, 2012, 11:34:54 PM by BottleneckJohn »
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Offline Lyle Lofgren

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2012, 05:14:51 PM »
It sounds really good for a Lazarus (i.e., resurrected from the dead) guitar. Congratulations.

Lyle

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2012, 09:14:27 PM »
Some people pay extra for those rattles and buzzes. Congrats!

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Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2012, 01:41:17 AM »
Thanks!! Yes, it's a nice old one, I even dig the occasional buzzing, hehe..  :D
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Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2012, 01:48:40 AM »
Well, whatever it proves to be, I like it. It has great character.
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Offline alyoung

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2012, 05:38:07 AM »
Inneresting ... it reminds me in appearance and sound of  the Australian Wayne, a Dobro copy produced in Melbourne in small quantities from the 1930s to possibly as late as the 1950s. Cover plate is similar, but the bridge handrest is different; sound is very similar -- quite strong but definitely  not a Dobro or a National (I'm assuming that it has its original cone??). What does this add to the discussion? Probably nothing ... still, it reminds me of a Wayne.   

Offline jaycee

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2012, 09:01:30 AM »
it might have a few buzzes and rattles, but it sure sounds great to my ears! hope you post another video, so we can all have another listen when the restoration is fully complete.
jaycee

Offline BottleneckJohn

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Re: 1930's resonator guitar playable again after a long silence..
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2012, 11:34:12 PM »
Great character indeed, thanks!
And the restoration is pretty much done, just some tweaking after all has settled down and vibrated together a bit more..  :)
Just a matter of moving the cone and bridge to where they stop buzzin' too much, some acoustic distortion(buzz) can even be cool sometimes when playing ol'timey blues, haha!

Seen those guitarists who nail bottle caps to the guitar body to GET the buzz?!  ;D
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