So I have decided what I am going to build, a resonator 6 string :)
I have bought my neck and cone... And I am ready to get started.
Silly question.... where do I start?!
I guess I need to fit my neck first to then find the correct centre for my cone?
Can anyone point me in the direction to help me setup? I am mega keen, just need to start in the right place...
Start with a draft on paper with the exact measures, place the cone first, add the neck, with nut to bridge twice the distance nut to 12th fret, and add 3mm or 0.12" to get the corrected scale length.
Great idea! I love resonators and have designed and built two six stringers.
If you have a neck and a body (box?), then it is critical that you get the position of the resonator (biscuit) sorted out so your scale is correct.
Is your neck a bolt on? if so, you may be able to "nudge" it a little if necessary to get the intonation correct. That being said, you really want to get the scale length as close as possible before any tweaking.
As noted in another post, you will do well to add a little to your scale length (around 1/8") usually works well. If your scale is 25", then make the distance from the nut to the middle of the biscuit 25 1/8". You can fine tune by rotating the biscuit slightly to get intonation perfect. Another trick is to not drill the biscuit and screw it to the cone until you have set intonation and know exactly where the biscuit needs to be.
The thing about resonators is getting the intonation correct. The rest of the build is pretty straight forward.
Keep us posted with photos.
You shared my concerns and what advice you gave was just what I needed to start attacking my box with saws.... lol
I need to lay it all out, measure up and roughly fit the neck, then cut for the bowl too and before drilling the bolt on, make sure its well aligned!
Any other advice is very welcome :)
My plan for this is like a guy Taff did, have a piezo and a pickup so I can blend between the two... :)
step 1 is always a dry layout on your work table to make sure you have enough box and not end up with the bridge sitting 2" beyond the end of the box, :-)
Haha, I should be safe there...
I am more thinking about how far in I want the neck to sit etc...
Making really good progress but need to decide on a neck pickup...
What will give me a really creamy warm neck tone?
I am fitting a blending pot and a Piezo so I can control it....