G003 – Del Vecchio Style Resonator Guitar

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del vecchio resonator

The Del Vecchio style resonator proved to be a unique challenge to recreate. The design is based on an original Del Vecchio resonator but modified slightly and built to handle steel string instead of nylon which the originals were built for. Because the unique parts for these guitars are not available for purchase I had to recreate the majority of them.

The Del Vecchio design is a single cone resonator that features a shorter cone with a floating biscuit type bridge. Instead of the biscuit being attached to the top of the cone, in a traditional biscuit bridge resonator, it sits on a pointed lip on top of the cone and is held with string pressure. The biscuit is hollowed out on the inside so it only contacts the lip and is quite light. One of the most distinguishing features is that it incorporates the cutout of the top as a cover plate for the cone. The interesting design of the cone support allows for this. It’s a hand spun piece of Aluminum that drops into the top and snaps into place. The groove that holds the support in place also holds the cutout of the top, which is trapped into place with a spring steel wire. Overall it creates a very eye catching look and has a wonderfully sweet and unique sound not often found in a traditional biscuit resonator.

  • 24.9″ Scale Length
  • 1.75″ Nut
  • Slope Shoulder Body Shape
  • Slotted Headstock
  • Adirondack Spruce Top
  • Quilted Maple Back and Sides
  • Birdseye Maple and Walnut Neck
  • Walnut Binding
  • Bubinga Biscuit Bridge
  • Waverly Tuners