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First Resonator Build.......

Started by Tom Temple. Last reply by Tom Temple Jun 20, 2016. 7 Replies

After building a number of three and four string CBGs, I decided to take on a big challenge and design and build a six-string resonator.…Continue


Started by Jord Mosselman. Last reply by Jord Mosselman Mar 20, 2015. 4 Replies

My resonator guitar is ready as of today.I believe, a fine addition to this group.Finished the top nut today and strung her up.Believe me, she sounds great! My neighbours are already complainig that…Continue

3 string resonator

Started by Jord Mosselman. Last reply by Jord Mosselman Mar 15, 2015. 2 Replies

Hello People,A post from a new guy on the Block.Started just after xmas last year my very first build of an 3 string guitar.It was my plan to make a wood-top guitar, but evolved rapidly towards…Continue

reso uke

Started by Mal Chilvers. Last reply by Robert De Haemers Apr 9, 2013. 5 Replies

Morning folks,I am building a reso ukulele,not with a cigar box but with a craft box off e bay.I have been told the box will need beefing up, it will have a bolt on neck.what thickness should the…Continue

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Comment by Dan Mackey on December 27, 2012 at 6:42pm

The Catbro looks great, where did you source the neck?

Comment by jeff weins on December 27, 2012 at 5:23pm

Tom I have had good luck mounting single coil pickups under the resonator, in my case a coffee can, it might be something to try in future builds.

This is my 3rd one( for sale page top of the page,)http://home.comcast.net/~204mike/diddleybow.html

Comment by Tom Walters on December 27, 2012 at 12:07am

Some more pics of my Catbro build.








Comment by Randy S. Bretz on December 25, 2012 at 4:24pm

Instead of putting the piezo disc in the biscuit, i stuck a cut 41mm disc on the rim edge of the cone with a purpleheart cover.  Picks up the sound great, but i still perfer a rod piezo bridge.

Comment by jeff weins on December 25, 2012 at 3:14pm

Brian, just watched the videos, i like your method for drawing the circle.

Tom, i hope you will post a video when the project is done

Comment by Tom Walters on December 24, 2012 at 6:32pm


The tool is one used to cut heavy construction paper.  You can get one in a craft store.  It made a nice circle and cut the cedar ok but the depth wasn't enough to go all the way through so I drilled a hole and finished up with a coping saw.



Comment by bairfoot cajun on December 24, 2012 at 4:21pm

howdy jeff,just stopped by to tell ya i cut the hole for a cone with a coping saw,as far as marking it goes i use an old school system that is difficult to explain but you can see the explination if you go to a video i am making that shows the steps of one way i use to build resonator guitars.i just added a blog on the main page called--vintage ammo box resonator build---several helpful ideas in there and the part about marking the soundhole is in the second video.hope this helps you.

Comment by jeff weins on December 24, 2012 at 3:28pm

Please tell me about the tool you are using to mark? cut? the hole.

thanks jeff

Comment by Tom Walters on December 24, 2012 at 12:22am

Just working on a reso guitar made with a cedar box that was sold with Salmon.  I am using a cat food dish so my official name for it is the "CATBRO"


Here are the parts:


Cutting the hold for the catfood dish:




Braced the box and attached the neck and glued in the cat bowl (2 pics):





Will post more as I get closer to completion.


Merry Christmas all.



Comment by jeff weins on February 19, 2012 at 6:25pm

Just finished a coffee can resonator


photos and video at the bottom of the page


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