Post by twangmeister on Feb 1, 2020 9:48:46 GMT -5
I started playing square-neck some years ago when I wanted to play something different at the acoustic jams I attended. I added a piezo pickup to one of my square-necks for the occasional gig where I needed that resonator sound. My brother played one for many years. I didn't find out until shortly before he died that he had played in standard guitar tuning all that time.
Used tom play in the early/mid 80s.. then again in the early 2000s, but not since.
My first instrument was made in Long Beach by the Original Dobro folks.. all Padauk with spruce top. Ebony fingerboard. Square-neck. After constructed signed by the entire staff, ( to include the soon to be owners /operators of National ) and they showed it at NAMM that year before sending it on to me.. That was around 1984.
Put my right hand in a shaper.. sold it and all the rest of my instruments as unable to play for a couple years.
Around 2000 I built a late 20s early 30s Regal pattern square-neck. All from scratch and photo graphed the entire process to include all the jigs I built, raw wood etc. Played for a year, needed cash, sold to a player in West Virginia.
I have often considered, including recently, going back to playing, maybe building another. Still have my steel and picks.
I am drawn to a tri cone round neck as well. Oscar Aleman style intrigues me. He was Josephine Baker's Orchestra leader among other efforts.
Post by twangmeister on Feb 1, 2020 19:42:14 GMT -5
My brother started out with a late '60s Dobro squareneck and eventually ended up with a bell-brass Johnson roundneck. The music store salesman must have seen him coming because he paid around $700 for something that is available on the internet for less than $450. It weighed like an anvil but had a strong cutting tone.
I went the cheap route. Both used, $89 each, one Johnson, one Trinity River. Both seemed to have decent quality spun cones; at least they sound in the ballpark compared to a friend's early '70s Dobro. The Johnson was made with a bad batch of glue. After a number of years it began to fall apart. I had a friend attemp to rebuild it. Now I only use it in a "E"tuning.
Once I saw a cheap Asian no-name with a stamped cone. Talk about harsh sounding! Imagine a cone equivalent to the lid on a cheap aluminum pot.