Very nice Ken. I'm trying to decide between a normal and square neck. Also just looking at guitars in the $500 range. Beginners resonators I guess.
Rick, You can find what you're looking for in a reasonably-priced, dobro-style, wooden-bodied, resonator guitar over to the Gold Tone website. If you're going to play it lap-style, or horizontally and standing up (Jerry Douglas-style), probably a square-neck version is what you want. https://goldtonemusicgroup.com/goldtone/products/guitars?menu_category=square-neck-resonator&sort=az
----- 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!
Okay, I swore I wouldn't buy another guitar, since I can hardly play these days due to a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder. I can't drape my arm over the guitar to play. And it's killing me to not be able to play after 55 years or more years. But then I started thinking after seeing and hearing them in videos I've been watching... a resonator guitar. I can put in on my lap and play it. So I'm looking at a bunch of them all in a decent price range. So, any dobro players out there? Any suggestions? Are they hard to play? I figure an open tuning and the left hand slide, it can't be all that bad. I've always been a finger picker, so I know I can finger pick. I'd appreciate any input. Thanks.