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Andy Zynda
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From: Wisconsin

posted 22 November 1999 11:57 AM     profile   send email     edit
I'm looking for a specific resonator sound. That sweet, silky earthy tone that you hear in lots of bluegrass songs. I bought a Johnson Style-O Brass res. and while it's a beautiful guitar, the sound is very mid-rangy and harsh when played with a slide. (biscuit resonator) I'm guessing that waht I want is a wood body, spider-bridge axe. Any helpful comments are appreciated.
Slide on!
Any suggestions as to brand and square/round neck would also help.
The guitar that I'm looking at is the Johnson JD-400-C. (good? bad??)
-andy- (a.k.a. clueless cheezhead in wisconsin, that wants to stay married so I'm on a limited buget) (heh heh)

[This message was edited by Andy Zynda on 11-22-99]

Jon Light
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From: Brooklyn, NY

posted 22 November 1999 01:18 PM     profile   send email     edit
I believe that you answered your own question, Andy. Someone posted on this subject last year with a real good overview of the respective characteristics of wood/metal, spider/biscuit et. al. but I recall the bottom line being that bluegrass resoguits want to be wood body.
Mike D
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From: Phx, Az

posted 23 November 1999 06:36 AM     profile   send email     edit
Hi Andy. If you're looking for that Bluegrass Sound I'd recomend picking up a used Regal, Flinthill or Johnson squareneck (assuming you're playing lapstyle, if you're playing bottleneck, get the roundneck) Then, call Resophonic Outfitters and get a Quarterman QC-1 cone and new bridge insert. It's not a tough job installing them and the sound will be as close to a big-buck custom made resonator as you're gonna get for less than $400.00
Howard Parker
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From: Clarksburg,MD USA

posted 24 November 1999 12:34 PM     profile   send email     edit
C'est true. If you're doing the bluegrass thing it'll be a wood body, square neck played lap style.

For more info check out http://www.resoguit.com for lots of info and pointers to the RESOGUIT email discussion list.

Cheers,

Howard

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Howard Parker
www.resoguit.com
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Andy Zynda
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From: Wisconsin

posted 24 November 1999 02:19 PM     profile   send email     edit
This site is absolutely great. The amount of help, the comraderie, and the willingness to spend a few minutes typing and giving friendly advice gives newbies here an honest to god warm fuzzy. Like walking into a strange tavern and having the locals buy you drinks and tell you jokes. (not a frequent event when you're on the web)
You guys are great!
Thanks to all!
'walking along,'
'singin a song,'
'slide by slide'
(heh heh)
Jon Light
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From: Brooklyn, NY

posted 24 November 1999 02:29 PM     profile   send email     edit
NORM!! oh.....uh....ANDY!!

Andy Zynda
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From: Wisconsin

posted 29 November 1999 12:58 PM     profile   send email     edit
I noticed (Burp) ('scuse me) that there are three or four different Quarterman cones available. Anyone have reccomendations?

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