Living With The Law
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Stockholm via NYC
No disrespect intended to the tech guy... (stunning guitars BTW!)
It's just one thing I know that makes the new Nationals greatly improved over the vintage ones is the tuning & intonation issues (Even CW gave to using a new NRP style O in the last few years...).
I have a 1930 Triolian (same a CW's but with the original maple fret board).
A 1937 National woodbody Rosita (sweeeet & a fat neck).
A model 97 NRP Tricone (main touring reso built like a tank!)
& just a few days old a New NRP Style O Replicon...
The new style O is the only one that I experimented by putting lower gauge strings on (13's so I can tune standard and in open D/G for gigs where I only want to lug one heavy National!) and it does pull out of tune much more easily...
The ones with 15's, never a noticeable problem (well, the older ones get a bit cranky…)
When I first started using resonator guitars (gawd! 20+ years ago!), I was using 12’s & then gradually over the years increased the gauges in search for more tone & stability. Now it is practically impossible to go back!
I’ve actually got my own custom gauge set of strings here in Stockholm for open tunings on resos, where lower action/fretting with or without sliding is desired…
http://www.jam.se/resonatorgitarrer.htm (scroll down just a wee bit on the page).
Not boasting (I get no money to endorse…), just that I had to create something that didn’t exists here for folks who play these fantastic instruments, but are limited to acoustic guitar standard gauges or “resonator strings” that are like barbed wire & only intended for sliders…
BTW, Is the problem in the treble strings with regards to tuning?
Then I would suggest a standard 13 set but exchange the high E for a 14… (maybe also an 18 for the B).
It’s a good start to stabilize the strings and keep the tuning consistent when grabbing those strangs, without killing your fingers.
Also, there is a great acoustic guitar forum specificly geared ´for resonator inst's; http://www.guitarseminars.com/cgi-b...+Forum&number=1
It is extreemly useful in regards to trouble shooting the complexity of a national.
Hope some of this is useful…
PS, I just checked your myspace page...
Hey man, I grew up in Brooklyn!
Lived there most of life up till 8 yrs ago.
Tiny woild bruddah!
PPS, listening to your "Bitchin'..." Right on bro!
Last edited by Beyond Blues on 04-17-2006 at 08:38 AM
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