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Folk & Traditional Instruments
Folk & Traditional Stringed Instruments
With a distinct look and sound, resonator guitars are as unique as the music they make. Whether you're looking to expand on your playing capabilities or to replace an old favorite, you've come to the right place. And because resonators featured in a variety of makes, designs and styles, no matter which guitar you choose you'll feel like you're getting your own customized instrument. Originally designed to project louder than traditional all-wood acoustic guitars, resonators quickly found their place in the genres of bluegrass and blues because they didn't need amplification to stand out amongst the other instruments in a band. Fun to play and full of soul, these guitars are still used to create some of the world's most iconic music today.
If you're new to resonators, there are a variety of options to choose from in this section that will help you get comfortable with the instrument. Before picking one out though, there are a few things you should think about to make sure you are happy with your choice. First, which type of resonator are you looking for? The three main designs are ‘tricone', ‘biscuit' and ‘single cone spider', each offering a different sound, so knowing which type produces the tone you want should be at the top of your list. As well, what type of construction are you considering? Because blending different varieties of woods and metals will produce different sounds when you play, understanding what you want ahead of time can instantly help narrow down your decision.
On the other hand, if you're a more advanced player, you will already know what sound you're looking for, so take your time to browse the entirety of this section to make sure you find exactly what you're after. If you're all about stage presence, there are options here to accommodate that as well. For a resonator that looks as good as it sounds, consider the Dean Chrome G Acoustic-Electric Resonator Guitar. Featuring an engraved two-toned body and eye-catching "F" soundholes, this guitar also includes a versatile electronics system, allowing you to effortlessly produce both electric and acoustic tones. Known for their loud, personality-driven sound, a resonator will change the way you play guitar. We promise, once you pick one up it will be hard to put it back down.