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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Making my first resonator - can anyone help me?

Started by Tim Pattimore Jun 19. 0 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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1928 national tri cone reso 3 string mod

Started by the anonymous pick. Last reply by Gary W aka Rev. Bluejeans Nov 26, 2017. 5 Replies


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Intonation problem

Started by bizzaro guitaro Nov 26, 2017. 0 Replies

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 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 I gave the one I originally made to a guy leaving work for better prospects.


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!!!

Comment by Brian Thompson on April 6, 2017 at 12:35pm

Thanks for creating this new section guys! I'm going to be building a dog bowl resonator CBG soon and hope to share my experiences and pick up some tips along the way. 

Comment by the anonymous pick on April 3, 2017 at 6:29pm

metal top helltainium  swamp witch.-Resonator .. (actually an antiqued brass light base fixture) inside , to mimic the faux resonator parlors , (but this one truly adds some ring and echo) . (I have a box of them .). these are still available on my site  but  supplies  for it are down to 3 left .

Comment by the anonymous pick on April 3, 2017 at 6:22pm

trash can  bottom reso witch . just cut the bottom of a dollar store office  trash can out . 

Comment by the anonymous pick on April 3, 2017 at 6:18pm

national  3 string mod 

1928 national tri cone reso serial number 0 666 . YUP, 666 !!!!!!!!!

Ok .- heres the story , I got the empty national body on ebay a while ago ,
It’s a true 28 national , and is serial #0 666 I though “hummm” I gotta do something cool with this WITHOUT ALTERING THE ORIGINAL BODY .” so , I figured these plastic chrome skull Harley / rat rod tail light covers would look great in there and match the 666 theme . turns out they are a great fit and actually reso pretty good too.

I made the neck out of a 1x2 and a 2x2 , and it’s a thorough body . the thin fret board on-top is from a 1948 Gibson lap steel . scale is like 22 and a half .

EVERYTHING I HAVE DONE CAN BE UNDONE . and you will still have an original 1928 national tri-cone reso nickel plated silver . body .. un molested (except it looks like someone made a bit larger end pin hole (most likely for an end pin jack and pick up at one time . as many have done . ( it’s under belt buckle tailpiece now ) . I didn’t even clean this body .

This is a cool one of a kind , 3 string , cigar box guitar type , LAP player as is . but you could also restore it to original .


Comment by the anonymous pick on April 3, 2017 at 6:16pm

 goatskin reso 

, I popped an aged skin tambourine in a double wide body , and used a dollar store drip plate as the screen . fork tailpiece etc etc …
BUT , it is more than just a tambourine in a guitar body , I retro-fitted the skin and tambourine body to act as those toy kids echo microphones , with the addition of proper gauge spring , pulling tension directly from the skin , then to the body . To make like an echo / reverb tank . it works very well . will even echo your voice like the toy mic does .
I originally figured I’d release these as a new line / model . she is a turtle of a different feather , that’s for sure . ;-) And takes some getting used to.
ill wait and see if she stands the test of time , and I get used to her , before I decide to make more or not .
till then .. enjoy this tease ;-) LOL ..
It’s like a national , a banjo , and a swamp witch had an orgy and this popped out . ;-)


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1928 national tri cone reso 3 string mod

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