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Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar   

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Round nose tonebars for pedal steel, resonator, and Hawaiian guitars. Made of high quality steel for long life. Select the size that's right for you....Read More

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OVERVIEW

Perfect shape and feel for silky tone.

Round nose tonebars for pedal steel, resonator, and Hawaiian guitars. Made of high quality steel for long life. Select the size that's right for you.

FEATURES
  • High quality steel
  • Perfect shape and feel
  • Weights:
  • Light - .3 lb.
  • Medium Light - .33 lb.
  • Medium - .49 lb.
  • Heavy - .73 lb.
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DunlopStainless Steel Pro Tonebar
 
4.6

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Functional (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice!

Being new to a steel guitar, I didn't really know what I was ordering. I was looking for something a little bigger to fit my hand. This is more suitable for a pedal...Read complete review

Being new to a steel guitar, I didn't really know what I was ordering. I was looking for something a little bigger to fit my hand. This is more suitable for a pedal steel, but I can't fault the product. It's just fine. I think I'll order a Dunlop Long Dawg, seems more what I need for a lap steel!
Features are fine. Not many variables on a piece of round stock with a bullit nose.
Dunlop. Fine turning and good chrome plating.
Good value for a pedal steel tone bar!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good Product, Bad Info

There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Jim Dunlop 920 Tonebar I recently purchased. But, as other reviewers have pointed out, there's no information on dimensions or weight in the MF product description. Just...Read complete review

There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Jim Dunlop 920 Tonebar I recently purchased. But, as other reviewers have pointed out, there's no information on dimensions or weight in the MF product description. Just what does "Medium Light" mean? How long is it? What's the diameter? How much does it weigh? These are all important considerations for buyers who wish to match the tonebar to the size of the instrument's neck, determine how comfortably it fits the hand, and consider how much the weight will affect quick movement. The Dunlop's weight, shape and finish are excellent for Dobro, lap steel and pedal steel applications, but a better product description would do wonders for customer satisfaction.

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5.0

From a "novice perspective" - great tone bar

By Chopper

from Grove City, OH area

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

      I'm new to steel guitar, so this is my first tonebar. I purchased the Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar with my first lap steel several weeks ago. Given that it is a popular brand and is well manufactured of high quality materials, I doubt there is any issue with quality or longevity. I will say that not knowing anything about tonebars, a fairly heavy tonebar "seemed" desirable, so I opted for the medium weight model, which weighs 7.5 oz (or about .47lbs). Upon first use, I liked the sound it produced, but it did take a little time to get used to. Again, no previous experience so perhaps not very useful info. One thing to consider is that this design will eliminate the possibility of snagging in the strings, so keep that in mind when shopping for a tonebar. After I'd played for about a week, I decided to purchase a second tonebar of lighter weight for a comparison, so I tired a Dunlop medium light version that weighs about .33 lbs. Although of equal quality, I did not like the lighter tonebar at all (seemed to cause a buzzy sound, but likely attributable to my lack of technique) and have stuck with the original medium weight. So anyway, the Dunlop is a well made and comfortable tonebar that will last until the mountains crumble into the sea and perhaps beyond.

       
      5.0

      Nice Steel

      By Topeka

      from Kansas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

        Use with lap steel guitar

         
        5.0

        Yes I would

        By Gene

        from Covington Ga

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

          I have used this type of tone bar since 1947 even when I played with Bill Anderson , 1952-1953.

           
          5.0

          Not too heavy for a 4-year-old

          By Uncle Dave

          from San Francisco

          About Me Child

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practicing

            Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

            Gave this to a 4 year old to use her Epiphone Pee Wee as a lap steel (open G tuning). Really great for her to "match" chords with single notes and chord. Of course sliding up and down an electric guitar is just fun anyway.

             
            4.0

            Works great once you get used to it

            By CCHarpo

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

                Long time musician just starting on pedal steel. This tonebar took a little time to get used to it, but now it's getting much easier to work with.

                 
                5.0

                I liked it.

                By Audie

                from Bottineau, ND

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

                  It was very good.

                   
                  4.0

                  Raise the Bar

                  By Slim Chansez

                  from Beverly Hills, MI

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

                  I'm just starting to experiment with slide guitars like Dobros and lap steels, so finding the right tone bar has been a hit or miss adventure. There are not a lots of stats listed for the Dunlop "bullet-style" tone bars. For example, it's not noted that the lighter tone bars are shorter than the heavier ones, although that's at least implied in the photos. Know that the heavyweights are, in fact, heavy. That may affect how fast you'll be able to move them when picking them up to move to another position on the neck (as opposed to sliding). Before you buy, investigate tone bars that are grooved on the top to better fit between your fingers. I think they might be better for playing Dobros or lap steels, because those instruments require much more hand movement than pedal steel guitars. Finger-grooved tone bars with one rounded end may be the best choice for Dobro and lap steels, while the bullet shaped ones pictured above will probably work fine on pedal steels. Watch videos of your favorite players and see if you can determine what kind of tone bars they are using. I recommend watching Jerry Douglas, Cindy Cashdollar, and maybe Pete Drake. You can learn a lot just by watching.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  It's a tone bar

                  By Michael Richter

                  from Southgate, MI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

                      My first tone bar was the heavy one of this brand. Also, my it was my first steel tone bar as well as trying 6 string lap for the first time (starter axe with leg mounts). The heavy one is nice and selected it thinking it would give me better control and I was right about that. But; I had no idea how it would feel since I never had one before. The heavy one tends to fatigue the wrist after a while since I like to use a fast vibrato style a lot. Think Robert Randolph or any other aggressive style player. The medium is way easier for this style; really it makes a big difference on the angle of your wrist too. So if you're using a leg kit or some other kind of adjustable surface other than sitting it on your legs, you might want to try different heights to find the sweet spot. I'm definitely liking the lighter medium weight now. Next experiment maybe a lap dawg or similar bar with a grip. I've played bottleneck glass slides and started out with deep wrench sockets and cheap metal slides over 40 years ago. Just keep trying and you'll find several that work for you, depending on what guitar or style you like to play. Overall good product and reasonably priced.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Good Product, Bad Info

                      By Slim Chansez

                      from Beverly Hills, MI

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

                        There's absolutely nothing wrong with the Jim Dunlop 920 Tonebar I recently purchased. But, as other reviewers have pointed out, there's no information on dimensions or weight in the MF product description. Just what does "Medium Light" mean? How long is it? What's the diameter? How much does it weigh? These are all important considerations for buyers who wish to match the tonebar to the size of the instrument's neck, determine how comfortably it fits the hand, and consider how much the weight will affect quick movement. The Dunlop's weight, shape and finish are excellent for Dobro, lap steel and pedal steel applications, but a better product description would do wonders for customer satisfaction.

                         
                        4.0

                        Heavy is a bit too... well, heavy.

                        By JahSun

                        from California

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Solid
                        • Sounds great

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use
                        • TOO HEAVY

                        Best Uses

                        • Pedal Steel

                        Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

                        The "heavy" model of this tonebar might be best suited for a pedal steel. Using it for a lap steel as I intended is a bit tiring on the wrist, too slow for doing fast licks, and somewhat difficult to trill with.

                        It is a fine hunk of very polished stainless steel. And, I am absolutely in love with its tone.

                        Point is, you should get a lap steel bar with cutaways for your fingers so you can get that speed and articulation that a lap steel guitar thrives on. You wanna concentrate on what you are playing rather than how heavy the thing is to pick up.

                        It would probably be best to work up to a heavy, by training with lighter bars until you can whip this 11.5 oz beast around well. It is not heavy in the sense of weightlifting... just awfully tiring to play with for any real length of time, and simply too slow to really rip it up. Get a lap dawg style bar and you will be happy you did. (doesn't have to be that brand)

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