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Has anyone played a resonance bass guitar?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by artistanbul, Apr 30, 2003.


  1. artistanbul

    artistanbul Nihavend Longa Vita Brevis

    Apr 15, 2003
    Turkey-Istanbul
    Yeah I've known the famous fender resonance mandolin, and later the resonance guitar. But I saw a Johnson resonance bass guitar on ebay recently and I dont know what kind of a thing it is. Do you?
     
  2. grooveguru

    grooveguru

    Sep 14, 2000
    Central PA
    Do you mean Resonator?

    If so go here:

    http://www.folkofthewood.com/page1276.htm

    Check the site out as there are video clips of these being played. Sounds very metallic but would be a gas to use in an unplugged setting.
     
  3. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    They're bass versions of the old O-resonator guitars made by National that first appeared during the 30s for blues music. These use a mechanical cone resonator to try and wring extra volume out.

    Latest BP mag has a review of a top-o-the-line National resonator bass guitar. They liked the workmanship and said it could compete with other instruments in acoustic settings. If it sounds anything like a typical resonator guitar, the tone will be harsh and midrangey.