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Old 07-08-2019, 05:00 AM
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Default Resonator: Epiphone,Grestch or Gold Tone ?

Hello While I'm waiting my new acoustic Yamaha LS16 ARE NT ROSEWOOD,I'm thinking to buy an economic resonator for slide
In Italy there aren't all model I see on web Sony is between this
Epiphone hound dog deluxe round neck new
Grestch Alligator round neck new
Grestch Bobtail round neck new
Gold tone Paul Beard signature round neck second hand
The first are new in the same shop but the the Gold tone is in luither shop far from other shop.
Have you same cons for me ?
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:37 AM
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Default I looked at same resonators and went with Alligator

I considered both of those Gretsches new and the Gold Tone used, just like you, and I went with the Alligator because it had a biscuit bridge, which I was advised would be the best fit for blues.

I did not play any of them before deciding (nothing near me), and I had never even played a resonator before, so I don't know how the Alligator would compare to the others, but I am happy with it; I like its tone and thump, and I find it comfortable to play.
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:41 AM
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Good cons I paly blues not country or bluegrass.I go to try Alligator. Thanks
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Old 07-08-2019, 07:48 AM
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Good cons I paly blues not country or bluegrass.I go to try Alligator. Thanks
Hi Guido,

The Alligator is a good choice but don't rule out the Gretsch Boxcar for Blues just because it's a spider reso. I have used mine exclusively for Blues for the last 5 years or so. Loud, great tone and great bang for the buck.

The Epiphones are known to have quality issues.

That said, the Beard Goldtones are supposed to be far superior, although I have never played one. Check it out if you can.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:59 AM
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Hi roylor4
Maybe I don't understand well what you say but I have read on Grestch official that Alligator model has a biscuit cone , it's the unique model to have it, while Boxcar has spider cone like Bobtail model.
Can you explain well what you mean ? English is not my first language ,I'm Italian ,sorry.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:14 PM
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G9240 and G9241 Alligator model have Biscuit cone on official catalog but I don't find any difference between two
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:39 AM
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I have read that g9241 is more recent and upgraded model of g9240
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:31 AM
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Hi Guido,

Biscuit resonators have very short sustain, which many prefer for Blues.

Spider resonators have a much longer sustain, but that is easily handled with palm muting. In lower cost resonators, Gretsch is the best pick. Beards resonators are supposed to be better and are frequently used by professionals.

Good luck.
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Old 07-10-2019, 12:46 PM
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I played a number of inexpensive resonators, including the ones you mention, and they left me cold. I played a used Gold-tone PBS, the round neck solid mahogany with a cutaway, and I bought it on the spot. At the time new was $1200, I paid $700, which was at least $200 more than the others were new. I think they are the next thing to a luthier made instrument, and Paul Beard is now making some pretty nice entry level instruments, and he does ship.
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Old 07-13-2019, 11:37 PM
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Thanks all I consider your cons before buy
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:23 AM
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If possible play the instrument beforehand, I was looking a long time and some of the Gretschs sounded great, others left me flat...

A good setup could solve the issues those had.

I've a Gold Tone square neck that I am reasonably happy with, but I've not played their round necks.
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:09 AM
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Thanks all but . I take a decision to buy first a serious acoustic guitar: MATON EBG 808 TE
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