Nathan Gallardo

Sound Design || Music || Audio DIY || Game Dev

Resonator Guitar [Part 1]

Right, this is my most ambitious project so far. Except for the jet aircraft I started designing when I was 9, but this one might actually become a reality.

I found this broken down old, 3/4 size guitar the other day. It had (dangerously rusty) steel strings on it, which I’m pretty sure it wasn’t designed to handle, and as such the bridge had pulled nearly right off the body.

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I wasn’t sure what to do with it until I hit upon an idea today. I’m going to attempt to convert it into a resonator, like the ones below:

The sensible thing to do would have been to find out how these things actually work before I did anything else.

Luckily for me though, I’m not terribly sensible, so I ploughed straight on and tore the poor little axe apart.

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Miraculously, I managed to remove the rusty strings without contracting lockjaw. The whole thing is put together pretty poorly, so the back panel came off real nice like once I got my pal Stanley K. Nife involved. Inside you can observe the piss poor bracing and lack of kerfing (a word I learnt today,) and general lack of craftmanship involved in the production of the instrument. While I had a sharp knife at hand I took the opportunity to remove the bridge, on account of it was warped and buggered.

With that done, I spent the evening researching how resonator guitars work, did a series of sketches, had a cup of tea, and then started this blog.

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