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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 Ragtimelil on April 13, 2014 at 6:20pm

I'm toying with the idea of building a resonator ukulele. I notice most of these have a wooden box body. Can a resonator be made from a metal body like a large tin? I'm new to this so might not be asking the right questions. Also the neck is problematic since I don't have a workshop or even many tools.

Comment by Mark Lillo on June 2, 2013 at 6:14pm

Comment by David Clark on May 7, 2013 at 12:58pm

Question, what does the body top and bottom thickness play in the sound of a reso guitar? What about body size? I have built one out of a Cuesta Rey box like John McNair uses a lot of and the tone and sustain was really pretty good. That box is really thin, top and bottom, and kind of small. Any ideas and help would be appreciated. Keep on slidin'.


Comment by Robert De Haemers on April 9, 2013 at 8:33am

am thinking of building a reso box guitar using an old neck. what precautions attatching to box

Comment by Tom Lauten on March 20, 2013 at 4:56pm
Thanks guys, loads to look at!
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on March 20, 2013 at 11:42am

  here`s a sound sample of the cone edge pickup     http://handmademusicclubhouse.com/video/lowe-cone-reso-with-edge-piezo

Comment by Randy S. Bretz on March 20, 2013 at 11:38am

You can drill a hole through the disc and it will still work, or you can embedd a piezo disc in a wood base for the biscuit. Or you can buy a Ted Cocker piezo biscuit or you can buy a Mojobone Works rod biscuit. So there`s plenty of ways to do it. Mojobone Works also makes the cone edge piezo pickup.

Comment by Tom Lauten on March 19, 2013 at 11:05pm
I'm about to start a reso project with a Lowes cone. I want a piezo pick up and love the way my Chickenbone John piezo rod bridge sounds. What would you suggest in terms of a bridge/pickup set up? I have rods, disks and even a CB Gitty rod bridge.

Could I drill a small hole in the cone to run a wire through or would this mess up the cones acoustics?

Ha anyone made a ring like disk piezo by drilling the cente of a disk out or would this kill the disk?

Thanks folks!
Comment by Tom Walters on December 28, 2012 at 4:11pm

Finished the Catbro Resonator.  Here are some pics.  Corian for the net and saddle.  My son is holding the guitar.



Here is a video of Tim playing it.



Comment by Tom Walters on December 27, 2012 at 8:44pm

Thanks Jeff...I will consider that on the next build.


Dan,  I found the guitar neck on an old guitar.....I put an ad on craiglist asking for broken guitars and that is where I got the neck.




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