I make two type of squareneck resonator guitars. Both guitars are made from tone woods, not from plywood. I prefer a thick top and a thin back plate (thick-top-thin-bottom) so the back plate does not only reflect the sound in a cold way, but the sound colors in a more natural way and gives the instrument a pleasing sound charachter.
Both guitars are build around a Paul Beard spider resonator. They produce the right volume and 'crisp' without getting harsh. The neck is directly glued to the guitar top in the Spanish way, without screws or complicated dovetail joints.
The NVS resonator is constructed with an open sound well, a wooden ring with holes, glued between top and back. The wooden ring holds the resonator.
Sound is reflected most from the resonator and less by the soundscreens. The instrument has a more direct sound, a bit closer to vintage resonator guitars.
The WRS resonator is made with a modern open construction. A thin wooden ring holds the resonator, and wooden sticks are glued between the ring and the back plate.
The sound is better spread in the guitar body. Sound is projected by the resonator and by the open sound screens. More volume and clarity.
Resonator and spider are made by Beard. These parts are very important for the guitar sound and are very high quality. Paul Beard still spins the resonator manual in USA. The spider is optimalized in the workshop and clamped with a brass bold on the resonator. During setup the right amount of pressure between spider and resonator is adjusted.
The head of the NVS resonator has is slotted and fit with modern 18:1 Grover Sta-tite tuners with the bean buttom up.
The WRS resonator has a modern solid head with Schaller M6 tuners with brass posts. These tuners are the best self-lubricating tuners with the highest life span. An open G tuning gives more string pressure on the tuners compared with standard tuning.
Made one by one for you in the workshop.