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Resophonic Guitar Strings

Complete sets are listed in the sections below. Individual resonator guitar strings can be found in the Single Strings section.

Also commonly known as: Dobro and Resonator Guitar
Black Diamond Resophonic Guitar
Curt Mangan Resophonic Guitar Strings
D'Addario Resophonic Guitar Strings
Elixir Resophonic Guitar Strings
GHS Resophonic Guitar Strings
John Pearse® Resophonic Guitar Strings
La Bella Resophonic Guitar Strings
Pyramid Resophonic Guitar Strings
S I T Strings Resophonic Guitar Strings
Resophonic guitar strings, resonator guitar strings, or Dobro strings are typically much heavier in gauge than regular acoustic guitar strings. Resophonic guitar strings installed on square neck guitars are typically tuned in open tunings to facilitate slide playing, since these instruments are almost always played flat on the lap like a lap steel. Some popular tunings include D, G, D, G, B, D and G, B, D, G, B, D. Some players also use open D tuning which is: D, A, D, F#, A, D. It is not advisable to use a G, B, D, G, B, D tuning or many other slack key tunings on round (Spanish) neck resonator guitars because the very high string tensions involved could easily damage the neck. These tunings are suitable for square neck instruments only. Many players of round necked resophonic guitars use regular acoustic guitar strings instead of resophonic guitar strings. Acoustic guitar strings are of a much smaller gauge and lower tension which allows the use of normal E, A, D, G, B, E tuning, as well as playing by fretting rather than using a slide.. This is common among players of standard tuning guitars who wish to switch to resonators as well as those who just prefer standard tuning.

A resophonic guitar (also called resonator or Dobro) is an acoustic guitar with a resonating cone integrated into the body in order to produce more sound. These resonator cones are made of thin metal and take the place of the wooden top of a normal acoustic guitar in amplifying the sound of the strings. Resonators are designed to be much louder than standard acoustic guitars. They were invented in the early 20th century by John Dopyera, founder of the National String Instrument Corp. The Dobro, as he called it was designed to be able to compete with the horns and drums of the large dance and jazz bands of the period, something acoustic guitars were not loud enough to do. Resonator guitars were quickly replaced in this role by electric guitars, which are capable of as much volume as is needed for any particular situation simply by adding additional amplification.
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