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 →

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 →

Wood Body Resonator Guitar [Build Update]: Neck Stick & Headstock

It’s been a while since I published an update to the resonator guitar project so here you go! Neck Stick The resonator guitar neck is now complete and ready for fitting into the body of the wood body resonator guitar. Two quick coats of sanding sealer were applied and then followed up with six hand... Continue Reading →

Toss Me A Bone!

  My dog Leo is a very caring dog and will share his bones with me anytime. Especially when he’s done trying to get “the good stuff” out of the middle… I’ve found that with a little effort Leo’s chew-toy bones are good bone guitar nut material. I just made a trade with Leo so... Continue Reading →

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