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I own a Dobro DWF 60 which sounds great but very often I have to put up with some buzzing and rattling! So I'm thinking about getting a National Delphi. I wanted to ask if Nationals or biscuit bridge guitars in general have the same problems like spider bridge guitars. I haven't heard too much about buiscuit bridge guitars that have buzzing problems yet. Are buiscuits really less likely to buzz and rattle? Why? Do you have an idea where I could get a reasonable priced Delphi?
Post by Michael Messer on May 31, 2006 10:50:00 GMT
It is quite unusual for a Dobro spider bridge to buzz & rattle - perhaps your tension screw in the centre of the bridge is not tight enough? Do not make it too tight or it will choke the tone, but just tight enough not to rattle. It's a 'feel' thing, you just know when it's right.
National single cone guitars in general do not have rattle'n'buzz problems, but I should say at this point that ALL resophonic guitars occasionally buzz'n'rattle. You just have to learn to tweak them when it happens.
My advice would be to decide what type of resophonic guitar you want to play (Dobro, single cone National, or Tricone National), and go from there.
I don't currently know of a National Delphi for sale, but I do know a wonderful 1930s National Trojan that is for sale on this forum. If you are after a Delphi you should speak with Ron at the London Resonator Centre, I am sure he can find you one.
I know that I want a biscuit reso sound! It's just a matter of money! I know the Amistar Style O which sounds good. But I think the Amistar Duolian Crossroads sounds much better. It's probably because of the bigger body... But when trying it I had the impression that it could be even louder and fuller. I think this is because the cone is stamped rather than spun! And it almost costs as much as "cheap" Delphi... So I'm not too sure what to do. Tell me if there's another option I did not consider.
I'm in Edinburgh. If you are interested, I am sure we can come to a deal. I'll email you back with my phone no. If you are really interested and/or wonder how the hell you could send a heap of money to some guy you have just met on the internet, for a guitar, I can give you any info you want (within reason !!) - to make you feel more secure.
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