Artist Spotlight: Seasick Steve

Newest album release "Keepin' The Horse Between Me And The Ground" contains a wide range of styles including Americana, Blues, Bluegrass, Country, some tracks that sound like the Black Keys. Top it all off with his own blend that could be described as nothing else than Seasick Steve's very own. If his music doesn't entertain... Continue Reading →

Identity Crisis!

Guitar Headstock Design Besides the body shape of a guitar I think a key part of any guitars identity is it’s headstock design. Perhaps more so than any other musical instrument. I’ve been so caught up in the construction of the neckstick for my wood bodied resonator guitar project that I kept putting this detail... Continue Reading →

“Stop, Hey What’s That Sound”?

...everybody look what's going down... (Buffalo Springfield) The Adjustable Sound Well In A Wood Bodied Resonator Guitar When I first started this blog I mentioned the interest I’ve got in developing some options for the player of this wood bodied resonator guitar to be able to adjust the tone. (click here to read earlier post) I... Continue Reading →

Artist Spotlight: R.J. Ronquillo

Your going to want to bookmark this post – lots of fun info in this one! From time to time I’m going to highlight an artist that has relevance to the projects I’m working on. Or – just because I like them! I ran into a Top 10 list this week that covered up and... Continue Reading →

Guitar Tuning Impact On Tone… It all has to measure up!

The best wood bodied resonator guitar, dobro, acoustic guitar, or any other musical instrument for that mater will sound terrible if not in tune. Being in tune is a given and not what this post is about. “Tuning” as part of the construction plan for this resonator guitar is what this project is all about.... Continue Reading →

Not raining but it’s time for an arc… The Resonator Slide Guitar Fretboard Radius

Worked out the bugs of my new neck radius jig. This set-up is working really good now and I’ve made both a 14” and 16” radius fretboards out of rosewood that turned out super nice! I was thinking of a compound radius of 12”-16” for this guitar build but decided that the average is where... Continue Reading →

Dangerous Curves Ahead!

Yeah ok – not so dangerous, but definitely an attractive curve! For this resonator guitar I am going with a mix of lines from a National Style O, Gypsy Style for the cutaway and a blend of my own twists to pull it all together. Of specific note I really want to match up the... Continue Reading →

Neck – The One Piece Neck Stick

Current plan is to construct a one-piece neck thru design, or “neck stick”, for the same reason you see this done on solid body electrics: Sustain. It was more of a structural thing for the steel body resonator guitars. Often on wood body resonator guitars you will see the traditional neck/neck block construction. I will... Continue Reading →

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