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Fender FR48 Steel Resonator Guitar
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The FR48 Resonator Guitar is a chrome-finished beauty for an affordable price. It features custom Fender "F" holes, a round mahogany neck with 2-way ...Click To Read More About This Product
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The FR48 Resonator Guitar is a chrome-finished beauty for an affordable price. It features custom Fender "F" holes, a round mahogany neck with 2-way adjustable truss rod, a rosewood fingerboard with black binding and white dot position markers. Other nice touches include a rosewood headstock overlay inlaid with a mother-of-pearl Fender logo.
- Chromed steel top, back, and sides
- Round nato neck with 2-way adjustable truss rod
- Rosewood fingerboard with black binding
- Black stained maple bridge
- Chrome die-cast tuners
- Chrome finish resonator
- Custom Fender F holes
- Rosewood headstock overlay with inlaid mother-of-pearl logo
A fine and stylish resonator for an entry level price. Order today.
FR48 Steel Resonator Guitar
- 25" scale
3.15" body depth
1.69" width at nut
2.15" width at heel
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I have owned and played dozens of resonators as well as dozens of other acoustics. I may as well say right up front that I am not crazy about Fender acoustics, I generally find that Yamaha or Alvarez produces a better quality instrument for a similar price. This Fender resonator is suprisingly good quality. The sound is certainly equal to most of the similar priced resonators, including Regal, Dean and Johnson (Johnson has come a very long way in the last couple of years, but their metal bodied resonators seem to have disappeared.) The cone is excellent, the sound good and the setup is reasonable if not fantastic. Like most resonators, it needs a little tweaking, but this is no big deal for most of them. Not exactly the cheapest resonator on the market, but it whips Rogue and similar and leaves them running for home.
The Fender FR-48 is a great steel body resonator guitar for the money if you want that metal body resonator sound. But, if you don?t know much about resonator guitars, you?re probably going to need some that does. My new Chinese FR-48 came in the box with the strings put in under the tail piece under a piece of material. I had to take the strings off and put them on correctly on the top of the tail piece. I guess that Fender in China puts the strings on under the tail piece to prevent the lax strings from slipping out of the tail piece while in shipping. But, after I put the strings on correctly, the guitar sounded great. This steel body guitar is great for blues, country and some Irish tunes as well.
After playing around with it for a few days the flaws are starting to show. The string spacing between the 1st and 2nd strings were way too close, so I broke it down to the saddle and cut a new slot. Also, the saddle was not centered placing the 6th string much closer to the edge of the neck. String spacing overall is a bit tight, so I may get a new saddle and improve that (slots in the saddle look like they were cut with an Exacto Knife). Spacing is the same as on my Strat after resetting that 1st string.There was no neck relief at all, so once setup the bass string was rattling a bit. Some turns with the trussrod took care of that. The Fender may be unique in that it has a two-way trussrod.The good news is the nut is perfect. No need to lower the string height there, making the guitar very playable. Seems more setup for playing in a normal style rather than strictly slide. For me a nice touch for a change.Overall I like it -- never seen a guitar that didn't need a tweak here and there, and this one is no exception. I was reading up on the Net on how to setup a resonator. It's much more omplicated than any other guitar, especially if you have a spider in there. String tension on the saddle pushes down on the cone, so unlike a flat top acoustic it's more like trying to setup a Strat with a floating bridge, except the bridge is harder to get to and isn't adjustable except for replacing or slotting.One thing's fer shure. It's VERY pretty to look at. :-) Sounds good, too. Just wish they had taken more time making the saddle. Ten more minutes spent on this guitar at the factory and it would have been near perfect.
I've been playing solo slide guitar and in bands and for some time and needed a resonator for the sound and projection. I tried loads but none sounded as good as the Fender for the price - played the Nationals but too many 000's on the price tag!. I've gigged with this guitar for 2 years and it has stood up to the punishment really well - a few dents here and there but it all adds to the ambience!! Change the strings for a thicker gauge and you get a great sound but I would recommend detuning if you do.
I recently purchased this guitar a few days ago. I am thrilled with it. I tried several resonators before deciding on this one. I played the new Gibson resophonic and was impressed with its mellow-woody tone. Then I played the Fender. I was quite smitten with its funky delta twang. The Gibson was substantially more in price. However, money was not a factor here. The Fender FR48 had such a distinctive resonance I couldn?t pass it up. I could have easily afforded the Gibson, but all comes down to the sound. It will send you down Highway 61.
It is pretty and sounds great. The action is high for conventional playing but too low for playing with a Tone Bar on the lower frets so I recommend a nut extender (temporarily raises the action on the nut) for playing with a Tone Bar or making a new nut about 1/4" higher then stock which is what I did.
This is a great sounding resonator, especially for the price. It is a joy to play, and I gig with it regularly. I added a Lace Dobro sensor (a small humbucking p'up) for playing in a band.
I have owned this guitar for a little while now and I have had no problems. First the sound is amazing for the price. It sounds just like a national and for a fraction of the price. It looks like on too. The chromed steel finish is amazing. It looks like a mirror even though the pictures dont show it. Over all a great guitar and espically for slide playing.
This resonator sounds great with the spider bridge. It is perfect for delta style blues; harsh twangy sounds just like Robert Johnson. This sounds as good as the Dean bell brass. The action is a little high but this works great when using a slide. If you mind figure prints and easy scratching, a chrome resonator is not for you.