Maxwell Series Squareneck Resonator


The Recording King Maxwell resonator is the perfect instrument for classic bluegrass and slide players looking to take the next step.

The Maxwell delivers true bluegrass tone thanks to our exclusive European hand-spun Recording King spider cone and true sand cast spider bridge.

The mahogany body and parallelogram soundwell help to produce crisp attack with minimal overtones, perfect for cutting through the band mix. Classic butterbean tuners and traditional sunburst gloss finish conjure vintage mojo.

Add a gigbag or hardshell case and a Stevens Steel Slide for a complete package. 

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The Maxwell Series Squareneck Resonator draws on the rich history of the resonator guitar, dated to the founding of the National String Instruments Corporation in 1927. Co-founder and original designer of the resonator system John Dopyera left National to found the Dobro brand with his brother a year later, and the two famously competed thereafter.

Resonator guitars vary in cone design, body materials, and neck design. The common cone designs break down to single-cone vs. a tricone configuration. Resonator bodies are wood or metal. The neck design determines how the guitar is usually played. A regular guitar neck (roundneck) resonator is typically played like a regular guitar, with or without a bottleneck style slide. A “squareneck” or “square-shoulder” type neck usually comes with a bridge/nut system that suspends the strings well above the fretboard, and is played like a lapsteel guitar with a “steel” rather than a bottleneck slide.

Recording King wood-body resonators come in round and squareneck models, and feature the buscuit-style bridge (see here). The squareneck style is the canonical bluegrass slide instrument.

The Maxwell Series Squareneck Resonator features a mahogany body, parallelogram soundwell, and of course the classic biscuit-style bridge over a hand-spun single cone. Together these classic features deliver a truly traditional sound that can’t be beat for under $500.

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Model Number:RR-36S-VS
Model Name:Maxwell Square neck Resonator
Body Shape:Square Shoulder Resonator
Top Material:Mahogany
Back Material:Mahogany
Side Material:Mahogany
Top Bracing Pattern:Parallelogram Soundwell
Top Brace Material:Sitka Spruce
Neck Material:Mahogany
Neck Profile:Roundneck (36); Squareneck (36S)
Neck Joint:Dovetail
Fretboard Material:Padauk
Scale Length:25-1/2"
# Of Frets Clear:12
# Of Frets Total:19
Nut Material:Bone
Nut Width:1-15/16"
Headstock Overlay:Black
Headstock Inlay:None
Tuning Machines:Butterbean
Body Binding:Ivory
Top Purfling:black/white/black
Fretboard Inlays:Dots
Fretboard Binding:Ivory
Bridge Material:Sandcast Spider Bridge
Bridge Shape:Spider
Bridge Pins & Endpin:n/a
Finish:Gloss Sunburst
Color Options:Gloss Sunburst