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PRODUCED: 1995 - 2000
TYPE: Acoustic body with single cone resonator, 4-string, fretted or fretless
BODY: Bound laminated maple top, back & sides
NECK: Maple, bolt-on, 24 fine frets
SCALE LENGTH: 864mm (34-inch)
FINGERBOARD: Rosewood, pearl dot inlays
HARDWARE: Aluminium resonator, spider bridge/trapeze tailpiece
FEATURES: Two screened sound holes with three uncovered smaller ones evenly spaced between, regular shaped Dobro headstock with two a side tuners
FINISHES: Natural high gloss & Darkburst
COMMENTS: Sometimes the unexpected leaves a lasting impression and that certainly is the case with this fully acoustic instrument from Dobro.
True to the legendary status that goes with the name this is fitted with a resonator, but it just happens to be a bass guitar. The original resonator idea stems from the thirties as a way to make an acoustic guitar sound louder.
The same could be said of the Dobro Bass but these days it's more a question of the distinctive sound that appeals rather than the added volume although, as this has no electronics at all, perhaps that is a distinct advantage.
Twenty-four frets is all very well but few of us could comfortably handle the uppermost, although the double dots on the fingerboard up here certainly stand out. Being full scale it does look rather over long, but fitted with a brand new set of phosphor bronze bass stings it has a deliciously brash but fruity sound. Sadly it was just a phase and all Dobro bass resonators ceased production at the turn of the century.