Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

History of the pre-war Dobro

In order to keep this in a manageable format and size, only wooden-bodied screen hole resonator guitars will be addressed in this article. It is, after all, the preferred instrument for a bluegrass band setting. Since so little information is available in one location concerning pre-war instruments, this is an effort to cover in-depth the guitars which fall into that category, which were made by the companies involved in their manufacture from Before we look at the various models produced by these companies, it is important to understand the following: Just when you think you have all the pertinent information about a particular model or event, along comes a variation in one thing or another which is totally unexpected. The most complimentary thing that can be said about the consistency of the companies in this pre-war era is that During this period of time, the companies were consistently inconsistent. We will start at taking a brief look at the history surrounding the companies that built the early Dobro guitars. (As we go along, you ll find that some knowledge of this historical background is very helpful when you start attempting to identify various models of guitars.) We will then make a short study of the construction characteristics that were unique to the different production facilities and to different time periods and that help to make the identification of these early guitars possible. Then, finally, we ll take a look at the individual models that were in production during this pre-war era and discuss the many features that went into each of them. You are sure to find the history and construction of the early Dobro guitars to be an absorbing and fascinating subject, and you ll be surprised to find that the process of identifying these early instruments can be quite simple, provided you know what to look for and by the time you ve finished this article, you will know what to look...

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