First off, I'm not making this to sell, I'm making myself a 3 string to keep and play, I was deciding on about 3 different ways to go, but finally settled on a Resonator Build. So anybody and everybody who has one, built one or just knowledgeable, please chime in your .02 cents worth, I need some help with this build, so hopefully my many questions don't wear you out, especially if they've been answered before, I did do some research.

I'm using my homemade 8"x14"x2" oak box 3/16" thick. Nice grain, box joints, strong and fairly light so far. I'm purchasing a 7" Atkinson copper resonator, plan on making the neck and biscuit from the same oak. Possibly adding a fixed wood truss(even if overkill for a 3 string) Not sure on the fretboard, either rosewood or maple, leaning towards the maple, I plan on using 1/8" Birch plywood for the soundboard and back, "F" holes on or screened grommets on top, some nice closed 18-1 closed tuners, quality strings, open "G" tuning. I want a quality Git when I'm done.

That being said....

1) What kind of pickup, was thinking the 3 pole pigsquealer, but I have several 6pole single pups and a couple humbuckers and plenty of Piezo's. I know it should have decent volume and ring with a 7" Res, but want good quality sound electrically as well.

2) What kind of bracing support for the 1/8" soundboard, since I'm using a Res, I'm assuming bracing shouldn't kill off too much sound.

3) I plan on using a Zero Fret instead of a nut, What kind of angle/break would you apply to the neck to give plenty of strum area.

4) What size frets, I currently have some small 2mm sets.

5) Pots, volume only, volume and tone

6) Reverb Spring, good, bad, don't need it

7) Scale, was thinking 25.5"

Probably more questions to follow during the build, thanks in advance.


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Thanks, I took my last headstock design, and slightly modified it to accommodate all 3 tuners on 1 side

I did this design awhile back. All the tuners are easy to get to.


Ok, I mentioned I'm making this one a little primal or worn looking if you will...DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO STOP SANDING....sorry, lost it there for a second, after I got it shaped the way I wanted it, I just kept sanding and sanding, had to slap myself, I started making it look as nice as the one I wouldn't use here because it was too nice, I had to go back and rough it up a little, gouge here and there, nothing to give you splinters mind you, but...damn that was hard not to really finish it.

And I modified the headstock to give it a slightly different look as well.

ok, enjoy the pics;

oh, and the box is distressed the same

I like it.


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