Up for sale, a 1993 Dobro Original Hound Dog, professionally maintained and setup to play its best, complete with a hardshell case. OMI (the company which had previously owned Dobro) was acquired by Gibson in 1993, with production moving to Nashville, TN. Not to be confused with modern overseas Epiphone iterations, this roundneck Hound Dog was expertly made in the USA with a solid maple body, neck, and slab maple fretboard.
This single cone resonator features a spider bridge, delivering plenty of plucky punch and a crisp, bold tone. The round neck design makes this Dobro a great candidate for slide work or fretting, and the all maple construction gives the instrument a distinct articulation and treble snap. The instrument has a smooth bark without being overly bright on its own merits, while a metal or glass slide can add the appropriate extra top end cut to taste. There’s also a richness and depth to the sound, not always present with maple. This Dobro weighs only 5lbs 14oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with medium action (a middle ground for both slide and fretted playing) and 12-53 bronze strings.
The maple neck has a modestly slender C shaped profile at the nut, gaining significant heft and roundness as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .825” deep at the 1st fret and 1.080“ at the 9th. The slab maple fretboard features black dot inlay, professionally refretted with slender fretwire that has plenty of height and crown, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted truss rod and 12 frets clear of the body. The scale length is 24 3/4“, the nut measures 1 3/4“, and string spacing at the bridge is 2 1/16“. The slotted headstock features the Original Hound Dog decal on the front and Dobro decal on the back, with stock strip tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The serial number is stamped on the top of the peghead, dating to 1993.
The resonator cover plate and trapeze tailpiece have bright, clean chrome plating, and the Sunburst gloss lacquer finish on the body highlights the maple grain, with spots of birdseye figuring on the back. This instrument has received all the necessary maintenance due, including a slender, professionally repaired split extending diagonally on the neck from the bass-side edge of the nut behind frets 1-2. There are slight, stabilized cracks at the bass side lower bout with targeted finish touchup, and an oval-shaped patch in the maple on the treble side in the black of the Sunburst, adjacent to the rear strap button. There are light finish chips on the body perimeter, and some scuffing in the lacquer across the back. An extra strap hole button is also present on the neck heel. The neck sports the original gloss finish with some scattered, shallow marks that are not distracting to the palm while fretting.
A black tolex hardshell case is included.