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A good resonator for about 250-450? I am looking for something that I can play amplified. I have looked at the Dobro hound Dog Deluxe and was sold until I read reviews about the Fishman Pick-up in it. (I guess they're awful). As far as sound goes, I am not looking to play traditional blues. I am looking to play Rocco Deluca and The Burden type-stuff. He plays a lot of distorted resonator sound (hence the need for a good pick-up).
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#2
Guitar Center shows the Dean and the Fender with models under 450. Unfortunately, neither is reviewed on-site.
I looked up the Fender online and the reviewers did not think much of it....

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