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.