Resonator guitars were invented in the 1920s during the great depression, as an economical version to the existing guitars. That does not indicate that you are compromising on anything while opting for one.
Round vs Square neck resonator
Resonator guitars are available as a round or square neck resonators. The shape of the resonator's neck is one of the fundamental factors to consider while opting for a resonator guitar. Similar to a regular guitar, round neck guitars can be played by fretting the strings or sliding. A square neck guitar is lap steel. They need to be laid out flat across the lap while performing. The flat fingerboard has only position markers and not actual frets. They can be played with a slide as well as a bar.
Single cone resonator guitars
Single cone guitars have an inverted cone that faces inwards. They produce a barky, harsh beat which is high in volume. They are also known as biscuit guitars due to the small disc, typically made of Wood bearing a saddle. A round neck biscuit guitar can produce blues, slides or any other conventional music. Loud volume, strong projection comes with a downside; high decay rate. The notes made by these guitars die rather promptly.
Getting spider resonators
A spider resonator guitar may not be as loud as a single cone resonator. However, they offer good note articulation. They have an inverted cone and bridge assembly with eight legs, resembling a spider. Squareneck spider resonator can be used for playing country and bluegrass genre. They have a raised-interior section that projects the sound in an outward direction rather than inside the guitar's body.
Tri-cone resonator guitars
Tri-cone resonator holds the benefit of both the resonators mentioned above: loud volume and enduring sustainability. They produce smoother notes that hang longer in air. These resonators have a complex structure with three cones, a T-shaped bridge that makes more notes than a single-cone resonator. A square neck tri-cone resonator is suitable for Hawaiin music while round neck resonators can be chosen for jazz music.
Metal or Wood
Metal produces brighter and louder sounds than Wood. Brass resonators offer rounder tones while steel is known for the natural pitch it yields. On the other hand, Wood gives warmer tones and gives less bold punches than a metal guitar.
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