Round bodied Resonator Tenor Guitar
In collaboration with Cliff
Edwards, Dobro built the four-stringed round-bodied
resonator tenor scale length instrument called the
Tenortrope in the early 1930s
Notice: Cliff is not playing one of his endorsed
models, and that this on is marked at 9, not at the 10
fret like most Tenortropes
This would be correct for him, since he was "Ukulele Ike"
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Gold engraved Hardware
70s Schaller Tuners
70s De Armond Pickup with Mini controls
Maple Back and top
Faux painted to resemble Rosewood
Possibly a prototype that went on to be
sold, it has a little different wood than a Cliff Edwards
I strung it up and saw what it had to offer up with no work.
Its playable but needs some resetting and rebracing of the
neck and a fret leveling
Will need to look inside to see what it has
neck joint has a felt shim in it, that has to go.
I can drop fill this and make that hide
Almost as deep as a Dreadnaught
The 70's De Armond has mini controls, I
have found a knob and a cord for this setup on ebay.
Neck is OK, can be made playable since it does have a truss.
Im not sure about this, I think it should have had a Spyder
and Cone, not a National style cone and biscuit.
Probably was just done to make it playable
I will order the proper hardware
Bad cone anyway
You can see shimwood on the rim that is not factory and
a compensated biscuit to get the intonation right
Need to stabilize that one pot.
Backing off the truss, its been unstrung a while and needs to
Dowel is Ok, reworked probably in the 70s with the rest of the
Was made to fit correctly and its good and stable
Ths cone is 9.5"
There are no Spyder Bridge Cones on the market smaller than
10.5 so..........this was meant to be Biscuit and cone style
is not my assumption.
So I will use whats in it, and modify it for Tenor
Also I will elevate this neck, it is flat with the body and
needs clearance so it can fret down at 19. without hitting the
Tailpiece needs to come towards the treble side about 1/8"
That Bridge is standard Dobro
It was never modified for this style instrument
I will put a Corian top on it, and thin the sides down.
And take some weight from the base
All dyed with Fiebigs
Adding the new pickup jack, now its ready for a standard
plug from Mike Soares
Testing the pickup and controls, all working, no static
New knobs from Mike as well.
Modifying the dowel for some elevation
Reattached and rebraced, much more stable now and board is
1/8" over body
I will suspend the cone to help it have a better vibration,
1/8 shimwood, 8 blocks
Face veneer for elevation, looks good , I'll seal it up
Ok I have the action and slots like Iwant, now to add
Better downforce, much clearer tone, Liking that.
Electrics sound VG, they do not change the sound, only
Now to settle in a bit, its playing very well up and down
already and tone is pure, sweet, not brash.
Upgrades- Resto Work 2-15
Bob wanted it to look nicer so lets get to it.
Ready to strip
That took alot of time to clen this body out, 2 cans stripper.
Size difference next to Vox resonator
Sealed and ready for tint
Shaving the edge to give the appearance of a bound peghead
First tint colors
Second tint and fade
Just a looksee before more clearcoats
Shot the top with a pumpkin color first
Thats is how it would have looked with a custom armrest made
for the 13" Orpheum Brass Band behind it
This color is too racy for Bob so we will go to a more
Color coat and one clear coat
The Ranger says its OK now, so lets go forth with clear till
I set this up on an action that benefits its electrics.
Low and Fast
You can get it to buzz if you play real hard on it but its
very easy to play at this level.
This is not something you can just set up on the fly.
I'll keep it clean until we get it to the shipper
I hope it brings Ranger B some pleasure in years to come
Certainly a unique window into the world of Dobro.
Thank's for watching