----- It ain't what you're looking for but the below guitar is my only experience with any kind of resonator guitar.
Metal-bodied resonator guitars, anyone? It's like sailing a battleship into the Martin/Taylor, Rosewood/Mahogany, Boutique- vs. Mainstream-brands fray, and opening up the deck guns, and blowing it all out of the water!
Mine is a new Republic Duolian Resonator metal-bodied guitar, with company-installed, biscuit bridge Schatten NR-2 Piezo Pickup. The guitar's body is tarnished, nickel-plated bell brass, and came superbly setup from Republic Guitars. For all those, including myself, who seem to go back-and-forth over the merits of this or that brand of wooden guitar, or this or that wooden guitar feature, may I recommend getting a fresh perspective on playing by blowing it out of the water by getting a metal-bodied resonator guitar, and enjoying some of your playing time with something different? Talk about a new playing experience, whether with or without a slide, standard- or open-tunings, an ax like this just may instill a new sense of wonder and fun in your playing and help lift you out of the same old same old. Thanks for looking in!
REVIEW: My first playing test of the Republic Duolian in Tarnished Nickel Finish is pleasurable in that the guitar sounds really good both acoustically and plugged into my UltraSound AG30, and in that the guitar is set up quite well with darn good craftsmanship. The amplified tone from the Republic Guitars-installed Schatten NR2 is noise-free and sounds surprisingly full and quite well-balanced string-to-string in its output and tone. I'm routing the Schatten's passive output through my new Sarno Steel Guitar Black Box Tube Preamp and that likely accounts for some of the warmth and roundness of amplified tone. The Vari-Z variable impedance knob of the SGBB acts to find the sweet spot impedance for the pickup and also acts as a kind of volume control as the more the knob is turned toward the higher impedance end of its travel the more there is a noticeable volume increase along with the increasing fullness of tone. I've found the most pleasing tone is at the 1 Megaohm end of the knob. I also have an LR Baggs Session DI that I'll try the Schatten through to hear what that can do for its amplified tone.
All in all, for less than $1000 with installed pickup and shipped with a really nice soft/hard-side backpack case, the Republic Duolian is a bargain that I feel will make many players smile with joy!
It ain't what you're looking for but the below guitar is my only experience with any kind of resonator guitar.