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resonator guitar or resophonic guitar is an acoustic guitar that produces sound by carrying string vibration through the bridge to one or more spun metal cones (resonators), instead of to the sound board (guitar top). Resonator guitars were originally designed to be louder than regular acoustic guitars, which were overwhelmed by horns and percussion instruments in dance orchestras. They became prized for their distinctive sound, however, and found life with several musical styles (most notably bluegrass and the blues) well after electric amplification solved the issue of inadequate guitar sound levels.

Resonator guitars are of two styles:

There are three main resonator designs:

  • The tricone, with three metal cones, designed by the first National company
  • The single-cone "biscuit" design of other National instruments
  • The single inverted-cone design (also known as a spider bridge) of Dobro brand instruments and instruments that copy the Dobro design[1]

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NATIONAL RESOPHONIC RESO ELECTRIC
From the fine folks at the National Reso-Phonic Guitar company comes the solid body Reso Electric single cone elec guitar. This instrument is perfect for electric...
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NATIONAL RESO-PHONIC TRIOLIAN
National Reso-Phonic make fantastic instrument, this Triolian is no exception. Beautifully hand crafted, incredible attention to detail and tone for days.
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OAKRIDGE RESONATOR EL/AC GUITAR Tobacco Sunburst
This beauty features Mahogany back, top, sides and neck. Rosewood fingerboard. Magnetic pickup. One volume and one tone control. Die-cast machine heads. Chrome plated...
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Regal RC-55 Nickel-Plated Body Tricone Guitar
A distinctive instrument with vintage vibe. Regal's RC-55 combines the best features of several vintage classics into a never-before-seen masterpiece! The metal...
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National ResoPhonic ResoRocket Steel This is an absolute cannon of a guitar with a hugely versatile tonal palette - vintage tone jumps right out of it & the cutaway...
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DUESENBERG FAIRYTALE  Lap Steel
The Fairytale is a solid mahogany body, dual pickup Lapsteel Guitar, featuring an integrated capodaster and thei brilliant Multibender bridge system. It is the next...
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