Resonator Guitar Converted From Old Acoustic Guitar

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Introduction: Resonator Guitar Converted From Old Acoustic Guitar

I had this old acoustic guitar and decided to convert it to an electric resonator guitar.....I'm retired in Costa Rica and my tools and resources are limited so it's more work with what you have.....The cone is an angel-food cake pan......The cover plate I made from an aluminum pot lid.......The electronics and pickups (Stratocaster style takeoffs) I ordered on ebay...... I refinished the whole guitar and added new frets........The cutout is popsicle sticks glued, filled with wood filler, and sanded smooth.......

1 Person Made This Project!

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41 Discussions

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perpmotion
perpmotion

Question 6 weeks ago

So, I know this is an old post (and I'll probably not get an ansuwer) but I can't figure out what the rivets are holding in the photo with the edge supports? Is there something under there? I'm about to start cutting up an old busted dreadnought and I like this design, but that's the one step that confuses me...I see the wooden supports, but rivets? I'm so confused!

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brosati
brosati

4 years ago

Asking because I'm about to take on your project. Looking back, is there anything major you would do differently?

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brosati
brosati

Reply 4 years ago

one last question, what did you cut the lid with? dremel???

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freeza36
freeza36

8 years ago on Introduction

what did you fill in the old soundhole with, and how? Also, what kind of bridge is that? I plan on building this soon.

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brosati
brosati

Reply 4 years ago

that looks like a typical fender style bridge without the tremelo.

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brosati
brosati

4 years ago

Wouldn't moving the bridge to the bottom completely change how the guitar is tuned? Ideally wouldn't you want to keep the bridge in the same place it was originally placed?

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atoler
atoler

4 years ago

Nice. I'm converting an Alverez acoustic guitar right now myself.

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LucDaRocka1
LucDaRocka1

8 years ago on Introduction

another way to make the resonator cone is by taking a metal strainer and metal bowl and putting the bowl upside-down in the strainer..... this guy did it and documented how to build the whole thing.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Afo-AkFSezw&feature=plcp&context=C47fd663VDvjVQa1PpcFMAuATA_2WriQRGP1RzRwAAsmQIO9Sjgsk%3D

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MatBishop
MatBishop

8 years ago on Introduction

Fantastic! I wish I had the time (and brain power) you put into your instruments!

How is the "bridge" pickup held in place?

I think I'm going to do this same conversion with a cheap 12 string I have.

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computeruser28

i dunno, but isn't that a classical guitar (judging from the head)? i'd think you should be using an actual acoustic guitar for those steel strings, but if it works fine then good for you :)

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BenDempster
BenDempster

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Many cheap 'parlor' guitars from that era have classical style headstocks (with metal tuners of course), for what reason I'm not entirely sure.

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mike patterson
mike patterson

Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

The back angle on a "classical" style headstock is only 10 degrees as opposed to 15-17 on a steel string style headstock, to achieve the same string break angle --meaning you can use a thinner piece of wood for the neck. Also both ends of the tuners are supported which is a good thing.

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busupholstery
busupholstery

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

The guitar is an acoustic guitar made in Costa Rica........It was only about 5 years old and fairly worthless as a guitar.........

Wow you did a great job!
http://www.youtube.com/user/rightwingted feature=mhsn#p/a/u/1/HfWaD1goeXk

With your skills you should have one of these guitars for free!

It is a Regal RC-51 Resonator Guitar. BTW I am not that great at playin'.

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dermord
dermord

10 years ago on Introduction

amazing...how can i downloaded all the photos???

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kjeff3000
kjeff3000

10 years ago on Introduction

 I love it! 
I'm going to run off with my own version of your idea!
Way to go!