Alan Arnold Guitars

        
Example of Rezolution SB guitar (spider bridge resonator)
   Rezolution SB Guitar
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The SB resonator guitar is based upon the famous c.1930 Angelus Dobro model. The Rezolution SB resonator guitar spec has been brought right up to date to the standard you would want from a great resonator guitar.

The SB  uses a Quarterman cone, to give the very best cone tone, with the extra bass that the Quarterman cone has to offer. The SB can be supplied with either a “compromise” action for playing bottleneck style or with a high nut and action for lap style.

The Rezolution resonator guitars have laminated tops and backs of aircraft grade Birch ply, topped with an overlay of the finish wood (Std = Spruce top with Mahogany back).  The key to good resonator guitars is to hold the resonator cone as steady as possible, with a stiff guitar body. The sound will be dissipated and weak if the body is flimsy .  In fact they have a lot in common with a speaker cabinet in that respect!

Both the BB (biscuit bridge) and the SB (spider bridge) have fantastic “cone tone” and they are both LOUD!  They are also great plugged in when fitted with the Headway pick-up, mounted either routed into the underside of the biscuit on the BB or mounted into a biscuit and trapped against the under side of the spider on the SB.    Square-necks can also be made, but to order only.  

Specification - Dimensions ( mm / ~inch )
  Phaedra Pegasus Phoenix Mercury Beltane  AB49  Rezolution BB Rezolution SB
Body length 500 500 495 506 506 500 500 500 / 19 11/16
Width 370 390 395 400 400 390 390 370 / 14 9/16
Depth 110 120 125 120 125 120 115 100 / 3 15/16
Scale length 630 630 650 650 736 860 647 647 / 25 1/2
Nut width 46.5 45.5 46 46 46.5 45.5 46-47 46-47 / 1 13/16-27/32

Specification - Standard Materials & Options
Top European Spruce  or  Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides Mahogany
Neck Quarter sawn Mahogany with twin Carbon fibre inserts and two way truss rod
Fingerboard Ebony bound with Ebony, so no fret ends showing !
Head veneer Ebony
Position/side Dots Mother of Pearl (MOP)  or  Abalone
Bindings Flamed Maple 
Purflings bwbwb to front :  bwbw to back
Finish Nitro Cellulose
Frets Dutch – Medium
Cone Quarterman™
Cover plate Chrome
Tuners Gotoh butterbean slot-head; nickel or chrome as available.
Case Hiscox Liteflite case inc in standard price
Pick ups (optional extra) Headway         (see Headway pickups on the Custom Guitar page )

Notes

  • Each guitar is individually handmade using the very highest quality materials and construction techniques.
  • In addition to the above, this guitar can be custom built to your specification - please see the Custom Guitars page.
  • Quarterman cones are becoming harder to get and once I have used up my current stock of them, I will be switching to cones produced by the excellent Paul Beard at Resophonic Outfitters.
  • Footnote: – Resonator guitars should, more properly, be called Ampliphonic guitars, as termed by the Dopyera’s, but 'Resonator' is now the generic term that has become commonly used.