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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 11:27 PM
.....and need to sell my Gretsch Acoustic with all of the autographs on it to pay for it!

Any interest here first?... I figured the peeps here would know the signatures were garnered and witnessed by my me...

Hope this is cool with everyone... Nationals are expensive and the Gretsch is just hanging on the wall!

Send me a pm...

 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 09:02 AM
What model National are you looking for?...Lovely sound from those babies....maybe a picture of the Gretch would gather some interest

 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 09:25 AM
Never knew...what's a resonator guitar?
 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 09:28 AM
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Never knew...what's a resonator guitar?


 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 09:39 AM
I was going to get one but then Cindy Cashdollar told me they are so fragile that she recommends a new model, same or better sound without the constant worries.
 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 10:19 AM
Get a Ron Phillips resonator. They are great guitars.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 12:58 PM
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What model National are you looking for?...Lovely sound from those babies....maybe a picture of the Gretch would gather some interest




Gretsch "Historic" G3400... I had posted pics with each signature as it happened...This is set-up for slide and has a Fishman Matrix under the saddle, replacing the original Gretsch electronics. It comes with the Gretsch "gig-bag" and is currently hanging on the wall in my living room. I've enjoyed it, maybe it is somebody Else's turn, preferably a fan from this site.

Caught Derek & Susan outside the Humphrey's gig in 2009 or 10 (I have the ticket stub)...

Got Warren Haynes outside the back door of the San Diego H.O.B. in 2011...It was a set-break and he was headin' out to the bus. This was cool because I didn't have a ticket and actually timed it so I would be out there as the show was ending, turned out to be a break...

Alison Krauss & Dan Tyminski ("Man of constant sorrow") were also headed out to their tour bus after a Humphrey's show...very nice people, actually spoke for at least ten minutes.. (I have this ticket stub also)..funny thing, the guy I wanted to sign was Dobro genius Jerry Douglass, but missed him..

And, as some of you might remember, Gregg Allman & Box Scaggs, would not sign it. But, how sweet would that have been?

I want a late 30's early 40's Duolian or a Tri-cone!

 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 01:18 PM
http://metalgitar.com

Save your money, keep your Gretsch, buy a Ron Phillips reso.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 01:34 PM
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http://metalgitar.com

Save your money, keep your Gretsch, buy a Ron Phillips reso.


Thanks for the link, but in this stage of my life, I want the collect-ability and craftsmanship, (Imho) only a National can provide.

 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 01:46 PM
Too nice to sell that baby. Save your cash and hit a guitar show, You should get plenty of options, you'll have your hands on it and you'll get some great deals late when folks don't want to carry their stuff back home. I have an old Dobro (hard to date), sweet tone, irreplacable. I'd never part with it. Many new ones can fill the void as they sound good until you make your move, but a dinged up character flawed, lived in/played on, vintage one be the one to aim for. IMHO.
 

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  posted on 4/13/2013 at 05:07 PM
Ron is a master craftsman, many who own his Reso's have or also owned Nationals.

I don't know anyone who isn't happy with their Phillips. They are astonishingly good guitars.
He started trying to replicate the sound. So then he found himself getting deep into the metals and the mix of metals that make the guitar body. And spinning his own cones. They are works of art, beautiful instruments that sound great, and play great, and don't cost more than the car you are taking to the gig.

 

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  posted on 4/14/2013 at 08:09 PM
1930's national



BIGV have you found this site yet...if not sit down and grab a nice glass of vino to go with the moment

http://www.nationalguitar.com/catalog/vintage-national

 

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  posted on 4/14/2013 at 10:18 PM
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1930's national



BIGV have you found this site yet...if not sit down and grab a nice glass of vino to go with the moment

http://www.nationalguitar.com/catalog/vintage-national




That is a great site thanks for the link

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 02:27 AM
Nationals are expensive and the Gretsch is just hanging on the wall!

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Where the Gretsch should be. If you don't play it though, what makes you think the National would come off the wall? I would hold onto that guitar. But that's just me. :-)

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 05:33 AM
Nationals are nice gutars no doubt, but you can still get a very good resonator without giving and arm and leg for it.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 12:25 PM
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If you don't play it though, what makes you think the National would come off the wall?


I don't play the Gretsch because I don't want to "rub-off" the signatures, that is why it hangs on the wall.

I also own a Taylor, a Martin and a Guild, all of which are played plenty. Add to that a Regal resonator; but I want the feel and sound of a quality, classic instrument.....After playing more than a couple, I wish to own a National.

 

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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 04:49 PM
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Get a Ron Phillips resonator. They are great guitars.



You mean like this one?


 
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  posted on 4/15/2013 at 05:50 PM
I have owned three vintage Nationals and a new National Resophonic, none of which I currently own. While the vintage instruments had an undeniable mojo, they were less than perfect when it came to playability and intonation, and I had a famous luthier work on one of them. Having said that, the NRP Tricone was an outstanding instrument in every way, the only reason I didn't keep it was the OCD cosmetic upkeep I forced myself to maintain. The original instruments had very large neck profiles, typical of the era, and were great for string separation, a huge plus when playing slide or fingerstyle. The NRP was basically a clone with better intonation.

I don't know a lot about newer models from other makers, but I have a Gibson Dobro, made in the USA, that sounds terrific (think Please Be With Me), but has a narrower nut width than I like. I use an old Hawaiian conversion nut which widens it a bit, and play slide with it Spanish and Hawaiian style, but any Spanish style chording is impossible. I'm looking for a vintage style dobro myself, but only if it has the full neck profile of the originals. From what I understand, you can get very nice instruments from Republic, but I cannot speak from experience. YouTube has countless videos on resonators; look especially for Bob Brozman, a total National expert. Feel free to PM me if I can help in any way; National-style guitars are a joy, be sure to get the right one for your hands and playing style. Peace.

 

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From what I understand, you can get very nice instruments from Republic, but I cannot speak from experience.



I owned a Republic Reso at one time, Highway 61. Nice guitar and built decent for the most part,attractive. But for me it did not have a very good "reso/metal body tone", Not that it was bad, but when I play a reso I want to know I am playing one. My wife who knows very little about guitars(but knows a reso tone and sound) heard me playing it and thought I was playing my regular acoustic. It just did not have that reso metal type sound
you would associate with it. It was very subtle. Maybe it's just me, and hearing /tone is all subjuctive, but I like for it to be loud and strong with a distinct metal body sound when you hear it, you know and everyone else does that it's a resonator.

I cant afford the high priced ones such as the Nationals, I must be the poor person on here, and I am not a gear snob and I dont have to have "the name brand" either.

I currently own a Dean Heirloom and I enjoy it very much and it is a great sounding reso for me. I have one of the early production models and those are the ones to have.
If you see one and its a later model DO NOT BUY IT!!! They changed the specs and build products to a sub par quality IMHO and it was awful!!

A few others I have been wanting to try and hear but have not are

Recording King _ I own a lap guitar from them and I have been very happy.
http://www.recordingking.com/products/resonators-all-models

Regal
http://www.elderly.com/brand/50N_regal.html

Goldtone
http://www.goldtone.com/products/w/c/46/Metal-Bodied-Guitars

 

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  posted on 4/29/2013 at 11:35 PM
BIGV wildwood guitars has avery nice 1930's National

http://www.wildwoodguitars.com/products/b1895.php?CategoryID=10&n=2

 

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  posted on 4/30/2013 at 02:38 AM
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I have owned three vintage Nationals and a new National Resophonic, none of which I currently own. While the vintage instruments had an undeniable mojo, they were less than perfect when it came to playability and intonation, and I had a famous luthier work on one of them. Having said that, the NRP Tricone was an outstanding instrument in every way, the only reason I didn't keep it was the OCD cosmetic upkeep I forced myself to maintain. The original instruments had very large neck profiles, typical of the era, and were great for string separation, a huge plus when playing slide or fingerstyle. The NRP was basically a clone with better intonation.

I don't know a lot about newer models from other makers, but I have a Gibson Dobro, made in the USA, that sounds terrific (think Please Be With Me), but has a narrower nut width than I like. I use an old Hawaiian conversion nut which widens it a bit, and play slide with it Spanish and Hawaiian style, but any Spanish style chording is impossible. I'm looking for a vintage style dobro myself, but only if it has the full neck profile of the originals. From what I understand, you can get very nice instruments from Republic, but I cannot speak from experience. YouTube has countless videos on resonators; look especially for Bob Brozman, a total National expert. Feel free to PM me if I can help in any way; National-style guitars are a joy, be sure to get the right one for your hands and playing style. Peace.




Okay, i'm going off-topic here but unfortunally Bob Brozman passed away last week, aged 59, in his house in Ben Lomond, California. RIP.

 

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  posted on 5/2/2013 at 12:17 AM
http://www.williesguitars.com/index.cfm/laps_resos_ukes_mandos/9/inventory/ 3/image/1

 

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