Resonator guitars have so many myths tied to them. They have to be played differently. They’re way too expensive. They are only good for one style. But is any of this actually true?
On today’s episode of Acoustic Tuesday, you’ll get a chance to see my top 10 favorite resonator guitars. This list is made up of many different resonator guitars at different price points. Every guitar on this list is a great bang for your buck regardless.
I love resonator guitars because they have some great punchy tones. Like a banjo, the decay on resonators can be really quick, but as a soon as you add a slide, the tone morphs so much. But this brings us to the first common misconception: resonators have to be played with a slide.
This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Resonator guitars can be played like a normal guitar. Sure, using a slide gives it a very bluesy or country sound, but in reality, they sound just as good without a slide. You don’t need any different techniques really.
There’s also a perception that resonator guitars are expensive. Well, I’m here to tell you that there are so many options that don’t have to break the bank. Just make sure to watch the full segment to see my picks for the best affordable resonator guitars!
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– Mule Resonator Guitars
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