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    My husband and I were just at the National factory a week ago.
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    Default Re: I'd sure like a resonator tenor guitar

    By the way... hello, first post today. My name's Robert. I'm a Regal player. Yes, I wear a crown. Found my tenor in a 2nd hand shop a year and a half ago - reignited my interest in guitars after a too-long hiatus. Now I'm just as nuts as I ever was. Have a Gold Tone TG18 on order and I'm getting more and more attracted to metal body resonators (must be my magnetic personality).
    Looks like a good group here. Look forward to being part of the charm.

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    Welcom aboard Robert, post a pic of your regal when you can.

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    Thanks for the welcome Charley.
    My Regal:

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    Default Re: I'd sure like a resonator tenor guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Oh, the MAS! There something about those wood-bodied resonators. They look and sound so cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rowbear View Post
    Where is the factory Annette?
    Not Annette, but the National factory is in San Luis Obispo. Incredibly nice little town. Great weather, college kids and MOST IMPORTANTLY.......Cattaneo Bros. beef jerky.
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    Here's a clip of an 8 stringed tenor (resonator octave mandolin) I picked up here off the mandolin cafe classifieds. It's recorded with a zoomh2 plugged into the computer through audacity. No sound tweaking, just dry. I like how it sounds like it has reverb on it without any effects!




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    Default Re: I'd sure like a resonator tenor guitar

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Goist View Post
    I sent an inquiry to Republic Guitars regarding the Highway T49 Tenor Resonators.
    I got a very prompt reply back from Frank indicating that Republic should have some T-49 resonator tenors back in stock in a couple of months.
    Hey Ed,
    This has been added to the FAQ at Republic:

    "Where are the Miniolians and the tenor guitars?
    They will be available again around the middle of August"

    http://www.republicguitars.com/faq.html

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    Only took 3 years since my original post, but I just ordered a 1933ish National Triolian. So I got that going for me.

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    Rayco. a Canadian builder to contract?http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...ayco-resonator
    I noted a banjo-dobro they made .. perhaps a round body will sit in your lap better than a Guttarish one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rowbear View Post
    Hey Ed,
    This has been added to the FAQ at Republic:

    "Where are the Miniolians and the tenor guitars?
    They will be available again around the middle of August"

    http://www.republicguitars.com/faq.html
    Finally back in stock! (Thanks for the info Big Rig!)
    Looks like the Republics do not have on-board pickups, right?
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    That's a curious mish-mash of National styling! I wish they (or someone) would make a Del Vecchio clone.

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    I've been having so much fun playing I've neglected to tell you all I have a Republic Highway 49 now. It arrived just after Christmas. No, there's no on-board pickup but it's good and loud. Heavy too. When I pick up the TG18 or the Regal they feel pretty insubstantial now. Different style of playing altogether dictated by the extra weight. Can't hold it up, gotta slouch. Consequently you can all but forget the stretchy chords. And as has been reported so many times before dealing with Frank was a pleasure. No regrets. Big smile. Happy as Larry.

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    For a while now I've been drooling over the Gold Tone and Republic metal bodied tenors, but when I finally resolved to get one, I saw a nice vintage Regal wood-bodied for sale at Antebellum.

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    I'd never given these a second look, but the sound sample Jake put up really caught my attention (didn't hurt that he'd set it up GDAE). I decided I wanted to hear the different sounds in person, so the best I could do was to go to my local store and play some 6-string resos. The wood-bodied/spider cone sound was definitely more to my taste than the metal/biscuit (which I also liked, but it doesn't suit my playing as well).

    Long story short, I'm now the very happy owner of this tenor. My wife and daughter think it's ugly as sin (and I don't entirely disagree), but it's easily the sweetest sounding and playing guitar (tenor or otherwise) I've ever owned. The sustain is incredible and the tone seems to drift between a traditional acoustic sound and that Dobro twang. Though I doubt I'm completely cured of TGAS, I can say I've found "my" guitar.

    Here's Jake's full write-up:

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    Update: ended up getting a new Republic 49 tenor. Love it!

    Use it mostly with some swing/dixie bands. Frank was great/easy to deal with.

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    Bahama, I have a Republic 49 tenor that I like quite a bit. I call it the "Cadillac". It has a different tone then my National, I enjoy them both.
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    I played an interesting instrument the other day: an Ozark resonator tenor in antique brass with a lipstick pickup. Talk about a niche product but it's extremely cool. I spent most of my time with it tuner CGCG and using a slide, for which it sounded great, although I've no real basis for comparison, never had the chance to play a national tenor. Set up and build quality was far better than older Ozark 6 string resonators I've played, but I believe the brand is going through a big push to improve the quality of their guitars this year. Anyway the tenor is well worth checking out.

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    here's my 1930's National single cone tenor in action for interest ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by kmmando View Post
    here's my 1930's National single cone tenor in action for interest ....

    Lovely stuff --- I've had several of your recordings in heavy rotation on Spotify lately. Are you using GDAE or something else?

    I'm trying not to rely on the capo too much, but I'm using CGDA and capoing up to DAEB quite a bit to play what pass for "fiddle tunes" around my house in the keys of D and A. Uncapoed CGDA is not bad for comping in D --- you can let the D and A strings drone and do all the movement on the C and G.

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    Yes an octave tuning below the mandolin. Thanks, glad you liked it!

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