R1 Wood Bodied Resonator Guitar – [Project Review 1: Look & Feel]

...running your eyes up and down neck, around the body, looking at the back, twisting it around in the light...

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Assembly & Set-up Complete!

It's been a long time coming - 7 months hands on and perhaps a year prior of thinking about this project. First impression? Biased of course - it sounds really cool! I spent a few hours over the last couple of days looking it over and playing with my newly constucted wood bodied resonator guitar... Continue Reading →

Wood Bodied Resonator Project Update [Assembly & Set Up Time!]

After many months the wood body resonator with adjustable cone well is ready for assembly and set up! All parts and sub assemblies have been completed and test fit. For the most part they are looking and feeling pretty good - especially for this prototype. I have collected tons of notes for the next iteration... Continue Reading →

I’m in I’m out and I’m gone

"...careful talking to yourself cause you may be listening..." A favorite line from "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone" -  "Get Up!" album by Ben Harper and Charlie Musslewhite. Released in January 2013. If you haven't heard this album - you gotta. I don't think there is a bad song on it. Love it... Continue Reading →

Swingin’ – Interchangeable Trapeze Tailpiece [Part 2]

Forming the brass for the trapeze turned out to be much easier than I expected. A couple simple jigs, and adjustment at the vice here and there - and bam! Careful to be patient when cutting the threads for the end adjustment nuts - brass is such a soft metal. Moving on to finding the... Continue Reading →

Another Bone To Pick – Interchangeable Trapeze Tailpiece [Part 1]

Changing these blocks out to find the impact on tone/ sustain you are looking for should be as easy as changing strings! Continuing with my interest in the player being able to manipulate their tone, the next exploration on the Wood Bodied Resonator Guitar is the tailpiece. I will be constructing interchangeable blocks of bone,... Continue Reading →

Build Update – Ready for edge binding!

A couple of features you gotta check out are the contour of neck-to-body and guitar string inlays on the tail. Thinking about also doing guitar string inlays as purfling. All used strings of course = good mojo! Wood bodied resonator sides, back, top, and adjustable tone control cone ring have been assembled. Neck is test... Continue Reading →

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