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Jan 27, 2023 - 7:47:11 AM
29 posts since 12/4/2014

Hello friends!
I am very much of luthier novice and had a half-baked idea of sticking a plectrum (or 5 string) neck onto a full size (or otherwise) resonator guitar body.
I know similar things exist--I have a Royall resonator tenor guitar I tune DGBD already and love it. Just a further idea.
I've never seen a dobro with a neck-stick conversion and am having difficulty finding an image online of the neck attachment, and similarly not finding an answer (yet) through browsing the BHO archives.
Would it be awfully difficult for someone to convert, say, an Epiphone Dobro Hound Dog (which has neck-stick attachment) with a Gibson-style, two coordinator rod neck?

Jan 27, 2023 - 7:52:43 AM

29 posts since 12/4/2014

If physically doable, I realize there might be some scale-length issues considering where the bridge is on a dobro-like instrument, so of course open to any comments on the whole process beyond neck attachment!

Jan 27, 2023 - 9:05:13 AM

2656 posts since 6/19/2008

it would probably be easier to keep the guitar neck, saw and sand it down to the correct profile, and stick a 5th string tuner in the side. You'd have a couple of extra tuners on the peg head to ignore.

I definitely am in favor of the idea, having completed a build-from-scratch banjitar last year. Mine has a doubled 5th string, tuned two octaves apart.

Edited by - Jonnycake White on 01/27/2023 09:06:56

Jan 27, 2023 - 9:12:26 AM

2656 posts since 6/19/2008

The other thing that would be a bit painful would be dealing with the bridge and tailpiece. Does the guitar body have a spider bridge or a biscuit bridge? If I'm not mistaken, the spider bridges have a metal saddle that is part of the same casting. A biscuit bridge would be simpler to replace. As for the tailpiece - maybe just drill a centered hole for the 3rd string, use the two holes on each side for the 1 & 2 and the 4 & 5 strings, and leave the two holes near the edges empty?

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