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originally posted by: SkeptiSchism
Very interesting but I'll take the role of cynic. There is nothing we humans discover or manipulate that doesn't have negative side effects that cause larger problems than the original ones they were intended to solve.
The idea of a wood resonator never crossed my mind. I say it's worth a try.
originally posted by: Newt22
a reply to: skunkape23
Funny, that is the very first thing I thought!
Then I remembered something on Antonio de Torres -other then a master musician- was a Luthier. He made a guitar that had a solid, softwood top; but the body and back, were made from Papier-mache...
I used to believe the actual tone of a guitar is a relationship (I can't believe I am saying that way) between the soft, top wood, and the (in most cases) hardwood back/sides.... Of course remove the problems that come from what the glue, or cell structure, or grain alignment, age of tree, and the skill of the builder, introduce.
...that was mentioned to me as I sat and tapped my fingers of wood for hours trying to find the perfect top...
Now, after I have built a few, played a few, and owned a few... I really can't say. My Resonator is loud, and made from Bell Brass dipped in Nichol - from China. My Classical is Japanese, made from Cedar, and Plywood Fire Mahogany Laminated... She sounds better then most handmade guitars, including my own builds. Truthfully, I still can't tell the difference between Mahogany and Spanish Cedar, unless under a microscope.
I wonder what a Resonator would (pun intended) sound like made from that stuff? Loud and light... The one thing I hate about my resonator - weighs 25 pounds.
Oh man - a cigar box guitar - made from all paper.
Okay - now my mind is effectively blown!