Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fuente Resonator (IW#007)

My fellow hack luthier and I have been wondering about the possibility of making a resonator guitar using a pie tin as the resonator.  This is my first attempt, and I have to say I am underwhelmed.  Maybe because a pie tin is stamped instead of spun, it does not bounce the sound back out very well.  There are a couple of nice parts, though, I really dig the flea-market fork as the tail piece, and the bolt that is the nut is an actual piece of detritus that I found in the gutter, so that is good.  The scale is pretty short, and is strung with tenor banjo strings tuned DGBE.  All in all, I think I am going to find something else to do with the other pie tins I bought, this design is less than satisfying.  Here's how it sounds:

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