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Paul Vassallo

 

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Long Island New York, USA
Post  Posted 28 Jan 2020 2:21 pm    
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Can anyone help me with choosing a first resonator guitar. I have a $200.00 credit with Guitar Center. For sale they have a Rogue Classic Spider for $200.00 and a King Dirty 30s for $250.00. If anyone can give me some insight, it would be greatly appreciated.
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Paul
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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 28 Jan 2020 2:34 pm    
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In the lower price point, I'd see if they have Recording King's or Gretch's

I'd avoid the Rogue like the plague.
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post  Posted 28 Jan 2020 3:17 pm    
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Brooks Montgomery wrote:
I'd avoid the Rogue like the plague.


Not my experience. FWIW around 2007 or 08, I bought a Rogue Classic Spider square neck from them. It was a good entry level guitar...spun cone, pretty good set up. Fit and finish was also good. The biggest caveat about buying from MF/GC is the shipping. The first one of these I received was broken in pieces due to poor packing, they did a better job with the 2nd one.

Different eras may have different mfgs., different quality issues, but the one I had was just fine.

No experience with the fretted round neck Rogue or the RK.

Perhaps someone who has actual experience with both can offer more advice.
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Adam Tracksler


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Maine, USA
Post  Posted 28 Jan 2020 3:38 pm    
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Round or square neck?

I have a Gretsch boxcar that I like a lot. There are a couple I saw on GCs used site, along with a few hound dogs. A good setup can go a looooong way on a resonator.

I’ve had a regal and a recording king which were great. I also used to have a redline, which was really nice. The gretsch works for me.
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Glenn Wilde

 

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California, USA
Post  Posted 29 Jan 2020 2:43 am    
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You are considering two completely different types of reso's, a spider (Dobro) style and a biscuit ( National) style. Quality wise, instruments in that price range will be similar so i say, go try them and let your instincts guide you.
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Brett Day


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Pickens, SC
Post  Posted 1 Feb 2020 11:08 pm    
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If you're wanting to play squareneck, Gretsch has a model called the Gretsch G9210 Boxcar. I played a Gretsch Boxcar when I first started playing.
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James Kerr


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Scotland, UK
Post  Posted 3 Feb 2020 2:28 pm    
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Here is my Rondo SX bought third hand for $80 on Fleabay, I like it very much.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtdcPyS2dXg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFLT5V6lrDw

JK
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Bob Russell


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North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2020 6:50 pm    
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I've been happy with my Gretsch G9230 Bobtail. It's a squareneck. Not the most exciting instrument from a strictly acoustic standpoint, but it seems to be put together well for a lower-cost guitar. Plus it has the Fishman Nashville pickup installed; that coupled with a good preamp can get you some pretty decent sounds.
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Fred Treece


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California, USA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2020 8:06 pm    
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Adam Tracksler wrote:
Round or square neck?

That is the bigger question. Here is the basic answer:
https://www.beardguitars.com/squareneck-vs-roundneck-resonators
But it can get a little more complicated.
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