#1
Hey
So lately ive been playing a lot of blues on my guitar, and i love the sound of like Son House, BB King aswel as modern bluesish acts like the black keys. anyway So im considering getting a Resonator Gutiar.

First up, a probably stupid question (but hey :P gotta learn somewhere) Can you play a resonator like a normal guitar? i.e. without a slide just fretting the notes

And also, can anyone reccomend some low budget resonator's that still sound good? id like to spend no more than say $500. at the moment im looking at the Ashton D100 but i havent yet played it, so any advice would be good

thanks!
Dean
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#2
I'd look around in pawn shops before committing to a really good resonator, but I think Dobros generally go for ~$500. You can play slide or just fret notes on those. I'm actually considering getting one of these fellows
http://jayturser.com/jt-res.php
They go for around $300
#3
I've never really played one, but the other day I was at a gig and another one of the bands there (it was a bluegrass gig...and I was in my school's bluegrass band, which does a lot of gigs) had someone playing slide on one, and I noticed that the action was ridiculously high (which for playing slide makes absolute perfect sense); Like, fretting notes would probably make your fingers bleed most likely.
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#4
I got my (Gibson) Dobro "Hound Dog" Resonator about six months ago & i love it.
CoF-Dean you can play Resonators like a normal steel string for sure. You dont need a slide , having said that it isnt till you get them in open "G" or DADGAD tuning with or without slide thy sound simply blissfull

My Hound Dog was $750 AUD approx $500 > $550 USD
my daughter bought a cheaper brand resonator & it sounds fine 350 AUD





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#5
Thanks everyone
Dix_Fix $750 is a bit much for me at the moment, so may i ask what brand your daughters resonator is?


Also, I've seen some resonators with F holes and some without. what is the benefit of having f holes in a resonator? (i dont know much about f holes and what they do, so excuse my ignorance)
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#6
Look at a Regal or if you can find one, Gretsch did one for their historic series, which is what I have. You can lower the action of the guitar to a happier place for chording and a little slide. If you get a less expensive one, change out the saddle to a maple and ebony. Also have a look at the nut. Go for the bone...... You can turn a less expensive reso into a very nice one by hot-rodding it a bit. TWANGGG