I'm interested in finding any information about dobro guitars that I can..
I have seen these guitars played like a lap steel in blue grass music an alike
However I haven't seen the round neck version in the "flesh" or played one.
from what I understand there are a lot of neck problems with this guitar..
I'm thinking of making one
if anyone has information on this guitar then please post and give up any info that
you might have..
thank you in advance for any info
Go to Paul Beard's site:
Take a look at the plans, parts, and kits that he sells. Top quality stuff!
I built one of his round neck kits and was very happy with the results.
I'm still working on the finish.
Thanx Dan :)
OK, I'm not a kits guy, but having see the Beard dobro kits, etc. I have a few questions. I've seen the Youtube series from Clardy Guitars. There is no discussion about why Clardy is modifying the kit, so it's tough to decide if this is a winning idea , or not. I don't want to finish a dobro, and find out, "you shoulda let the back ring free..". or whatever. Any advice? BTW, Ive built 15 guitars. 5 mandolins, a couple pedal steel guitars,and numerous other stuff over the last 30 years. Don't know from Dobros. though! Advice?
To clarify my main question- thre Beard kit includes a soundwell, which supports the resonator and gets glued to the flat back. Some designs forgo the soundwell and use a soundring instead, with dowels that go between the ring and the back braces. I'm just wondering which appoach is recommended, and why. Thanks-
Before I built the Beard kit, I watched the Clardy videos, too. So I followed his lead. Some people feel that the sound well design restricts the sound a bit inside the well. Using the posts opens it up and also gets the back involved in projecting sound a bit more.
But, subtlety is kind of out because of the big ass aluminum pie plate vibrating. It's loud.
The kit is plywood, so when I get around to it, I plan to build another body using fancy solid woods. The kit is a good cheap way to get into building reso guitars.
And the ring I used for the cone shelf was just a section of a banjo rim. I make those, too.
Thanks, Dan- I'm planning on using solid wood, and I'm trying to decide between a flat back or an arched back. The arched back would certainly complicate using a soundwell, so if I do that, I may go with the soundposts. And then there's the question of a rigid, firmly braced back vs a more flexible, responsive back.I guess either approach works well, I'm just trying to avoid regrets later!
On my reso rebuild I plan to make it just like the kit and according to Beard's plans. Flat top and flat bottom. Easier to build.
If you haven't been to resohangout.com I would suggest checking it out. They have a building and repair section with lots of build threads and other good info. It's nice to see what other people have done with these.
I've got a couple of mine posted there. Here's a link to the tricone I used for my avatar pic.
I think the best way to get into reso building is to get your hands on one, take it apart and reverse engineer it. After a long time looking at plans that's how I ended up doing it.
Let us know how it turns out!
Hi Jon- thanks for the post- information that's note worthy is something that you can't have too much of.