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Reso action reset 1 Reply

Hi Folks,I need to have my reso action reset because it is way too low for slide guitar. The prior owner probably played chords only and set the action very low. My luthier asked if I wanted the…Continue

Started by Peg Andrae. Last reply by Jim Yates May 6.

Round neck reso capos 7 Replies

Hi Folks - I found the one I was searching for - Dobro DM-75 "LILY OF THE VALLEY" round neck reso guitar. The sound is amazing! I'm looking for the best capo - my Kyser and Schubb do not accommodate…Continue

Started by Peg Andrae. Last reply by Peg Andrae May 6.

Squareneck Journal intro video 3 Replies

1 min video intro for my blog which is dedicated to squareneck resonator and Weissenborn guitars. Includes interviews with top players and builders, tips on musicianship, guitar, gear and CD…Continue

Started by Rob Anderlik. Last reply by Rob Anderlik Apr 11.

Resonator Tunings 10 Replies

What tunings do you like? What does that particular tuning lend itself to?

Tags: tuning, resonator

Started by David Shade. Last reply by Michael McGrath Aug 13, 2014.

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Comment by Patrick on March 22, 2011 at 10:08pm
That would be just like me....made in 1950 and one of a kind. My pappy told me it was b'cause I was the milk man's.....still gotta write me a song called  "the milk man blues".
Comment by Edward Sparks on March 22, 2011 at 6:02pm

Hey, Check this out, a 7 string Gibson resophonic guitar made in 1950, one of a kind!

Comment by Patrick on February 3, 2011 at 10:24am
I play square with the bluegrass circles. I have a Dobro and keep mostly in dobro tuning. My higher passion is with the Nationals that are round neck and live in standard, open G, and open D and only sing Broonzy, Keb Mo etc.
Comment by Rob Anderlik on February 3, 2011 at 9:55am
How many of Y'all are square-neck players here?
Comment by Rob Anderlik on January 30, 2011 at 12:57pm
Thanks Ted. You know, you're right, with that Spanish phyrgian modal stuff going on I should probably change the name of the tune to Senor Rama P. Jama!
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 30, 2011 at 6:00am

Hi Ted, I am ashamed to admit that I do have a lot of instruments...not all valuable to anyone but me, but the 1936 dobro was given to me by a college professor who had it among his father's things and didn't know what to do with it since he didn't play.  I have several instruments that came to me as a gift from someone who said that they didn't just want to see an instrument in their family that they had and didn't play and didn't want to see it just sit in a closet and knew that I would play it and allow it to "sing" again.  I also have five instruments left to me by one of my best friends who passed away in 1993.  As to playing all them myself, whenever asked I always joke that if I don't play them publicly, my wife will make me sell them...truth is though that, although she doesn't play, she loves music too and knows they bring me much happiness...and an income!  


Here is the info on my old Dobro from my website, plus an artsy picture I took of it in my drive with a suitcase of about the same vintage! Thanks for your interest Ted!


Company: Dobro
Model#: Vintage Wood Body 12 fret Guitar
Year: 1936
Description: This guitar was a gift from the original owner's son, who had had it in storage for about 25 years. Although I offered to purchase it from him, he said that he didn't play and would rather give it to me since I would play it. Although the original case was literally falling apart, in the storage compartment inside I found his father's steel slide and metal fingerpicks.  The instrument is in very good, all original, condition, especially for an instrument currently 72 years old.  There is a repaired crack in the slotted headstock. The original tuning keys work great.  The "moons & stars" cover plate is rare, and I have only seen it in a photograph on one other guitar, and on a Regal brand resonator banjo (page 7 of the Gruhen's Guide to Vintage Guitars").  It has round-neck construction and good action, low enough to be played Spanish style, yet high enough for slide work.




Comment by Ted James Popp on January 29, 2011 at 9:14pm
Rob, I really enjoyed Rama P. Jama. For me a little Middle Eastern meets Old Mexico
Comment by Ted James Popp on January 29, 2011 at 9:06pm
Edward, you just seem to have this endless supply of quality, vintage & collectible instruments!  How do they all get played? Cause I know you play & play out a lot. Will you post the tune after you get it down?
Comment by Rob Anderlik on January 29, 2011 at 7:46pm

Here's a tune I'd like to share with you all.. This is one of my tunes called Rama P. Jama. I think of it as a "Bill Monroe meets the Maharishi" type of tune. Sort of an international number. At least that's what I was shooting for when I started messing around with it. It's a modal tune - I believe it's a phrygian mode.

 Rama P. Jama


I welcome your comments!
Comment by Edward Sparks on January 29, 2011 at 6:44am
I have just recorded a song that is in "D" and I was thinking of adding a slide dobro part on my 1936 wood bodied Dobro, but I have never tried Open D tuning, now's my chance!  Thanks Ted and Patrick for the idea!  Edward

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