RESO SUN 6 STRING ACOUSTIC BARITONE RESONATOR GUITAR
The old masters of vintage blues and hillbilly music often tuned resonator guitars down to open chordal tunings, especially when playing slide style. Typically this meant tuning half the instrument’s strings down a whole step. Imagine what wondrous sounds they might have conjured, had they been able to tune down as low as three whole steps below standard tuning!
While it’s too late for Tampa Red and Cliff Carlisle, contemporary players may plumb the deepest depths of the resophonic sound sea, thanks to Versoul’s ResoSun 6-string acoustic baritone resonator guitar. Like all Versoul baritones, this boasts a 26.75” scale length. Its bolt-on neck of quartersawn aspen and maple joins the body at the 13th fret. And what a body! Unlike the old Depression-era plywood resonator guitars, this gem boasts a two-piece solid European spruce top and back and sides of either solid East Indian rosewood or solid European curly maple. The result? A fresh blend of the dynamic brashness offered by the National-style metal cone with the complex clarity uniquely delivered by the finest tone woods. You won’t find another acoustic resophonic guitar like this! Playability is every bit as crucial as sound, and to that end this guitar’s neck width (44.5 mm at nut, 60 mm max width) and string spacing are especially designed to facilitate fingerpicking and slide playing. It’s also designed to capture the eye as well as the ear: You may choose between a steel cover plate with laser cut soundholes depicting ancient Finnish shamans or one of laminated birch veneer with a gold leaf finish and sunbeam soundholes. Both cover plates are visual delights. Other available options include Versoul’s unique Rattlenator percussion device (see our ResoSun 6 entry for details) and amplification via a transducer AKG C411PP contact condenser microphone.