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Homemade Dobros

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We're discussing homemade dobro ideas.  From dog bowls to paint can lids and whatever else you can dream up...we wanna see it!  

What do you use on your cigar box guitars to get that metal sound?  Do you have a technique that projects sound like a dobro? Let's hear it!  

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1928 national tri cone reso 3 string mod

Started by the anonymous pick. Last reply by the anonymous pick Mar 22, 2021. 10 Replies

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Tags: 3, string, mod, reso, cone

Making my first resonator - can anyone help me?

Started by Tim Pattimore. Last reply by James Taze Bennett Mar 20, 2021. 2 Replies

Hi all, I’ve just finished making my first dulcimer and, buoyed on by the success of its sound and build,  I’m excited to move on to another project. I’ve settled on trying my hand at a resonator…Continue

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Intonation problem

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by Les Barnett Jan 31, 2020. 1 Reply

Built this dobro a while ago. The intonation is a little sharp at the 12th fret. It’s good when playing with a slide though. My question or comment is... I don’t see a way to correct the problem once…Continue

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Comment by Michael Fred Johnson on January 23, 2021 at 8:22am

Latest cat bowl resonator, this bridge works well on these, costs less than a fiver for the bits + a 50 x 10 piece of stainless drilled and folded. 

Comment by Paul Craig on November 9, 2020 at 3:48pm

My 2 builds. A 4 string Gas Can Dobro and my Strat-O-Rez Dobro.

Comment by Randy S. Bretz on April 19, 2020 at 9:09am

Comment by Carl Laman on February 5, 2020 at 5:09pm

Needed to have something to play in the shower!
4 String, 25" scale,with Charles Aitchison "Lightning" (5") resonator cone, Gitty gold covered single coil pickup, maple neck, mahogany fretboard.

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Used a recycled shower valve plate for the resonator cover, added a drawer pull. Was able to get the volume control to fit in an existing hole on the cover, fitted with a gold knob. Sink drain sound holes

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First time trying a zero fret nut. I like it! Gitty gold sealed tuners. Headstock maple with oak wings

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Here I am playing it with my son singing at an open mic

https://cigarboxnation.com/video/open-mic-part-4-of-4-sweet-virginia

Comment by Richard Murrell on February 5, 2020 at 4:12pm
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Comment by TJ Fernandez on November 28, 2017 at 3:33pm

I'd like to show off the NO DOUGH BRO series I've been working on.

Comment by Printer2 on April 19, 2017 at 11:23pm

Hi you all. I stumbled back onto this site by seeing the paint can lid contest vid. Years ago I Saw a kid in a vid also playing a CBG and figured I could make one of my own. Went down hill from there, started to learn about gitars but never actually found the time to learn to play. Long story short, Sunday I decided I would enter the pant can lid contest and have been scrambling to put something together. I don't know if I am barking up the wrong tree with my build, will find out when I have it strung up. Hope I don't get strung up myself, it'll have six strings.

Anyway, wanted to ask Wade about his lid. Looks cool, how did it change the sound? Any pictures of the lathe? Once I get this contest out of the way I will have to make a three string for work. I gave the one I originally made to a guy leaving work for better prospects.

Fred

Comment by Wade on April 6, 2017 at 7:48pm

paint can lid dobro  shaped on a makeshift lathe- Loud and sweet tone!

Comment by Wade on April 6, 2017 at 7:46pm

I had an earlier build where the front got chopped up. What to do? What to do? Give it a coffee can wrap! That'll wake ya up!!!


 

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1928 national tri cone reso 3 string mod

Started by the anonymous pick. Last reply by the anonymous pick Mar 22, 2021. 10 Replies

Making my first resonator - can anyone help me?

Started by Tim Pattimore. Last reply by James Taze Bennett Mar 20, 2021. 2 Replies

Intonation problem

Started by bizzaro guitaro. Last reply by Les Barnett Jan 31, 2020. 1 Reply

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