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 Shipping (We Ship Worldwide!)
Domestic/Continental 48: $40, UPS Ground
Domestic/Alaska & Hawaii: $90, USPS Priority Mail
Mexico: $60, USPS Express Mail International
Canada: $95, USPS Priority Mail International
Everywhere Else: $125, USPS Priority Mail International
How long does it take to ship?
Please allow 3-5 working days from the date of purchase to the ship date.
What happens if an instrument were to be damaged or lost during shipping?
We self insure all shipments for damage or loss. There are no claim forms to be filed so you will get a replacement right away.
Import Duties Import duties are the responsibility of the purchaser. You will need to check with the appropriate government entity in your country for specifics on any fees you may be responsible for.

 Warranty/Returns
Warranty
The warranty is a 5 year structural warranty to the original owner only. The warranty does not cover cosmetic details nor the durafoam case. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.
Return Policy
Returns are accepted within 7 days from the time you receive your instrument no questions asked. All you pay is the return shipping and receive a full refund. If you have requested for a pickup to be installed, There will be a 10% restocking fee on the return.

 Tone
The answers to many of the questions about sound differences have been generalized because the answer isn't black and white as it may seem. After playing literally thousands of resonator guitars since I have been in business, I have come to the following conclusion: Like any guitar be it electric or acoustic, if you took 10 guitars all exactly alike, you would have a range of sounds. Each guitar will have it's own personality. Some would have more bottom end...some more mid range...some more sustain...some more attack...some more harsh and dirty sounding...some warmer sound...some more volume...and so on. So what you find is that the different models can cross over sound and tone wise. For instance, one of the 10 identical steel body guitars tested had the warmest tone when compared to the other 9 and will sound like one of the 10 identical brass models that had the harshest tone when compared to the other 9. The same can be said if comparing the sound of 10 tricone guitars compared to 10 single cone guitars. The bottom line is: You can get the sound you want on any of the guitars. They all sound good. If you want a lot of attack, use a pick, steel fingerpicks or pick close to the bridge. If you want a warmer tone, pick with bare fingers or closer to the fingerboard,..etc. I know this is confusing, but as stated, it is not a black and white comparison

What are the sound differences between a brass body, a steel body and a wood body resonator guitar?
In general a brass body has a bit more warmer sound and the steel body has a bit more of a harsh sound. The differences between the two are so subtle I dont think it should be a consideration in choosing one over the other. A wood body has a warmer woody tone than the metal but still has plenty of volume.
What is the difference in sound between a tricone model and a single cone model?
In general a tricone guitar will have a bit more sustain and a single cone a bit more volume. Again the differences are very subtle and I dont think it should be a consideration in choosing one over the other.

 Action, Intonation, Adjustments
What is the standard string height setup on the different models?
The guitars come with medium action to accommodate finger style or bottleneck slide playing. You can also request lower or higher action.
How do you set intonation on a resonator guitar?
Resonator guitars are intonated much the same as any guitar. Since the cone is floating, it can be turned easily with your fingers or the eraser end of a pencil to make the saddle straight or a slight angle. There is also a little bit of room to slide the cone backward or forward slightly. It is normal for strings 1-4 to be intonated correctly and 5 & 6 to be off slightly. On the high E string, play the harmonic at the 12th fret, then play the fretted note at the 12th fret. If the fretted note is sharper than the harmonic, gently push the cone back slightly toward the tail piece. If the fretted note is flat compared to the harmonic, gently push the cone and biscuit toward the fingerboard slightly. It works the same an a tricone guitar. It is actually easier and takes much less time than any other type of guitar.
How does the truss rod work?
The trussrod is a 2 way trussrod. Counter clockwise for more relief and clockwise to correct a bow. You should have some relief. It uses a 4mm allen wrench.
How do you raise or lower the action on a resonator guitar?
  • Remove the coverplate. The cone assembly will lift out (it is only held in by string pressure)
  • Remove the screw that holds biscuit to the cone. (notice that the screw goes through the biscuit and slightly into the bottom of the saddle)
  • Make sure that the saddle is perfectly flat on the bottom. Put the saddle bottom side on a straight edge and hold up to the light to check. It must sit flat into the biscuit to get good tone and sound transfer. If it is uneven, lay a straight flat file on the table and rub the bottom of the saddle across it until the bottom of the saddle is perfectly flat. This is also how you would lower the action if needed. If you wanted to raise the action you could put a thin shim in the slot under the saddle or use a taller saddle. Another way to raise the action would be to turn the trussrod counter clockwise to add more relief to the neck.
  • Reassemble. Get every screw in the coverplate started a few turns before tightening the screws. (snug.....not tight)
  • Make sure that the saddle or biscuit is not touching the coverplate anywhere.
  • A tricone is similar. The saddle will lift out of the t-bridge for adjustments the same as the biscuit style.


  •  Strings
    What kind and gauge of strings do the different models come with?
    Phosphor bronze acoustic strings 13-17-26-36-46-56.
    Can I change to heavier or lighter gauge strings?
    On a round neck guitar you can go up to 16-58 only if you are using dropped tunings like G or D. 13-56 are best for a combination of finger style and bottleneck slide playing in standard tuning and dropped tunings. You can use the 13-56 for E and A raised tunings but it is best not to leave it in the E or A tuning for an extended period of time. If you use E or A tuning most of the time 12-54 are better. Never use 18-59 on a round neck guitar. If you are using the bluegrass raised G tuning 12-54 are best.
    How do you change strings on a resonator guitar?
    It is best not to remove all of the strings at the same time. Change one at a time so the cone will not move and throw off the intonation.

     Pickups
    We proudly carry Schatten Design piezo pickups and Lace Sensor pickups. Pickups can be purchased and installed at the time of checkout. If you are playing in an acoustic setting we can install a Schatten NR-2 passive pickup for the single cone guitars or a Schatten TC Player passive in the tricone models. A good preamp is highly recommended for using passive pickups in a resonator guitar.

     Models
    Are all models on the website in stock?
    The website is updated on a regular basis to reflect availability of all models
    Which model is best for finger style playing?
    Any and all of the guitars are good for finger style playing. The string height can be set on any of the models. Check the specs on the nut width of each model.
    Which model is best for bottleneck or slide playing?
    Any and all of the guitars are good for bottleneck slide playing. The string height can be set on any model.
    Do you do custom models?
    We don't do custom models. What you see on the site is what is offered at any given time. We are constantly adding new styles and discontinuing other styles. If you find something close to what you are looking for you should buy it. Other wise it could be discontinued or not be made again for a long while.
    Do all tricone guitars have 12 frets to the body?
    Other than the Clarksdale Special, all tricones have 12 frets to the body. A standard tricone with 14 frets to the body would make it a baritone guitar. It is not the length of the neck that determines whether it is a 12 or a 14 fret model. It is the length of the body. A 12 fret model is 2 frets taller than a 14 fret model so you basically have the same scale more or less between the 2 models.

     Instructional Videos
     Additional Information/Further Reading
    Are these guitars imported and if so, do you do any Q/C before they ship?
    Yes, the guitars are imported. I'd love to do an American made reso but that would push the price over the $2k mark. If an import is not your cup of tea, there's nothing wrong with that. Check out National Guitars or Mule Resonators. Those are great guitars and certainly worth the money if you can afford it. If you're looking for a quality, affordable resonator for your toolbox, then you've come to the right place. We play every guitar we sell and make sure the mojo is just right. If it doesn’t have a good setup, a good feel and sound, we just strip it for parts. We stand by every guitar we ship. If you buy a Republic Guitar and don't like it, just send it on back. (see Warranty/Returns section for more info.)
    How much do the guitars weigh?
    The shortscale brass ones are right at 7 pounds, and the full scale are just a couple ounces heavier. A regular single cone brass guitar is more like 8 ½ pounds, tricone slightly more than that. Add several ounces for steel versions of the same…
    Brass Parlor: 8.2lbs
    Brass Tricone: 9.6 lbs
    Miniolian: 4 lbs
    Brass H61 12 Fret 7.2 lbs
    Where can I find more information on the history of resonator guitars?
    The folowing websites have some great information about Resos...
    Steel Guitar Zone
    Slide Neo Blade
    Reso Hangout
    National Guitars