Up for sale, an early 20th century handmade roundneck single cone resonator guitar, professionally restored here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar. Featuring all-mahogany construction including body, neck, and fretboard; this guitar has plenty of throaty warmth and broad low-midrange character. The guitar delivers a pronounced percussive cut and rich underlying bark, with an era-correct cone and early Pat. Pending biscuit bridge. This resonator weighs 5lbs 4oz, setup with 11-49 strings and comfortable action.
The mahogany neck has an extremely substantial profile, splitting the difference between U and V-shaped profile carves with rolled fretboard edges, measuring 1.005” deep at the 1st fret and 1.170” at the 7th. The mahogany fretboard retains the original very slender bar frets, which have been leveled and crowned, displaying no notable wear and worthy of the “fretless wonder” moniker. There is also light wear into the mahogany on frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale, and the action at the 12th fret is notably low, measuring 6/64” at both low and high E strings. The guitar has 12 frets clear of the body and 18 frets total. The bone nut measures 1 3/4” in width. On the headstock, the brand-new Golden Age Restoration tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
On the handmade body, the era-accurate cone and patent pending biscuit are present. All of the hardware is hand-made, including the chrome coverplate with hand-punched dot pattern, custom bridge cover and trapeze tailpiece. The lower bout measures 13 3/4” in width, and the body is 3 1/4” deep at the lower bout.
Notable structural repairs include repaired cracks on either side of the ornate cutouts on the upper bout on top, a long repaired crack along the bass-side rim terminating at the tailpiece, and a prominent crack extending the length of the back and across the heel cap. A small piece of missing mahogany has been scarfed-in on top just north of the tailpiece and touched-up to better blend with the surrounding mahogany. As one might expect, this resonator has seen more than its fair share of action, with significant general wear including nicks, dings and buckle rash. The neck profile also has a number of very shallow dings and scratches, but nothing that impedes playability.
A vintage chipboard case is included, retaining its original leather handle and functional latches.