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Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar   

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It's not always easy to find a solid body resonator guitar. Great looks and versatile tone settings make the JT-Res axe by Jay Turser even more uniqu...Read More

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A novel solidbody design with piezo and humbucker pickups plus a blend control for near limitless sounds.

It's not always easy to find a solid body resonator guitar. Great looks and versatile tone settings make the JT-Res axe by Jay Turser even more unique. The single deep-cutaway body shape, dot inlays, and chrome hardware give it great playability and looks. The guitar has a bridge-position humbucker, piezo under the resonator, tone and blend knobs that keep your options wide open. Pick up a slide for even more versatility. Case sold separately.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Electric solid body with resonator
  • Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard
  • 1 piezo and 1 covered humbucker pickup
  • 1-volume, 1-tone and blend knob
  • Case sold separately
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Jay TurserJT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar
 
3.4

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

You get what you pay for.

I own many high quality guitars, PRS, Martin, Fender but this one is inexpensive.
I'm sorry to hear people that are so negative here, get a life.
The guitar is...Read complete review

I own many high quality guitars, PRS, Martin, Fender but this one is inexpensive.
I'm sorry to hear people that are so negative here, get a life.
The guitar is innexpensive, and has two pickups; to compare it with a high quality guitar is just not fair. Personally I think it's underprice.
For the price it's an unbeatable resonator electric guitar. I have a lot of fun with it and when I play slide or blues, I just love this little marvel.
It looks cool, sounds pretty good, and is fairly cheap.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

THE GOOD BAD N UGLY

The red model is a stunning looking instrument. The finish, binding, fretboard and headstock are as good as any other guitar. I own 2 other resophonic style guitars and the buzzing of the...Read complete review

The red model is a stunning looking instrument. The finish, binding, fretboard and headstock are as good as any other guitar. I own 2 other resophonic style guitars and the buzzing of the small strings is not normal. So I took off the strings and looked at the spider bridge to find the problem. Most of the wood screw were loose or the wood was stripped out. The chrome plating on the cover disk was very poor quality. The cone was screwed down to the body of the guitar which is supposed to be free floating and contacting only on the outer edge of the opening and the spider. When I removed the cone I found the problem. The cavity of the guitar was too shallow for the cone. The wire's insulation was mashed between the cone and the plywood body. The rim of the cavity where the come rests was rough cut plywood and not smooth in the least.The cone is the heart of any resophonic instrument, it can't make contact on the underside or it can't ring. So I went to work sanding and priming the rim and gouging out the bottom of the cavity plywood till the cone cleared on the underside. The cone had some burrs where the screws went through so I grounded them smooth, and reset the cone in place with a few drops of super glue. put the cover and strings back on and the buzz was gone.This guitar plays very good now although the pots are cheap and they cut out when the knobs are turned too far from the middle. Normally I don't fool with a new guitar like this but I waited 8 months to get it off a slow boat from China. Now it plays and sounds as good as it looks.

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1.0

No good as purchased

By RevCD

from MICH

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

      Junk and unusable as a resonator. Requires way to much work and parts replacement to sound correct. Plays like a Les Paul sounds cheap, cheap, cheap.

       
      4.0

      It's a beautiful instrument

      By Shaggy

      from Rocky Mount MO

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

      I like that you can pick this up any time and play it. Whether you have an electric plug in or just play it like it was acoustic, It has great song .

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "Sweet resonation"

      By Just some guy

      from vacaville, ca.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Looks great
      • Reasonably Priced
      • Slim Neck

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Playing Songs

        Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

        Pretty happy with this one.Looks great, plays well and sounds nice.But what do I know I'm not a "professional",I just know I love my new addition.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        You get what you pay for.

        By PopaJo

        from Ottawa

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Just Having Fun
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

          I own many high quality guitars, PRS, Martin, Fender but this one is inexpensive.
          I'm sorry to hear people that are so negative here, get a life.
          The guitar is innexpensive, and has two pickups; to compare it with a high quality guitar is just not fair. Personally I think it's underprice.
          For the price it's an unbeatable resonator electric guitar. I have a lot of fun with it and when I play slide or blues, I just love this little marvel.
          It looks cool, sounds pretty good, and is fairly cheap.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Not bad... For what it's worth

          By Big Stevie

          from Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Looks nice

          Cons

          • A Bit Loose
          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

          All in all this a nice solid body resonator guitar. While the sounds from it are unique, it does not carry over a traditional acoustic resonator sound, which is not a bad thing. After jamming on it for a while, I really did start liking the sound and the ease on the bends. I have recorded a couple if songs using it and it adds to some depth of my collection. Not bad, not bad at all.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar

          By Hank

          from Quitman, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

            I purchased this guitar as repair needed,from musician's freind.. The repair wasn't hard. There was a ground wire touching a hot wire, easy fix... There was some real set up problems, but nothing someone who has some experience couldn't fix.. Once all that was corrected, it's now a GEM.. I don't know if every one of these has problems, so you are taking chances, NO QUALITY CONTROL AT THE MANUFACTURING point! If you can find a good price on one used, and your a bit handy, this guitar has great potential. Once set up properly sounds excellant..

            (3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            ztasre

            By Bruce Northey

            from Pittsburgh, PA

            Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

            Lousy materials, put together poorly. The ONLY thing this has going for it is its looks. I had this hunk of junk for six months - it's the onlt one of my 54 guitars that I have sold and I couldn't wait to get rid of it. I sold it to a kid for $50 and felt guilty about it.

            (12 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Prepare to spend a lot of money

            By CLIFFORD

            from So. Cent. MICH

            Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

            The set up and sound is awful. The cone was SCREWED into the body. The lip the cone sits on was very, very rough. The under saddle pickup makes adjusting bridge tension impossible. The neck pickup is just junk packed into a chrome cover. The pots and hardware are adequate.I scraped and sanded the inside for better cone contact, replaced the cone and spider, put a K&K reso pick up in it and an old Ibanez humbucker in the neck. I am still experimenting with saddles. I am still fighting to get a good tone and have come seriously close to pitching this hunk of crap into the back yard. JT knows nothing about building a resonator guitar. I will not give up. For the amount of work necessary to make this a usable instrument and the replacement parts necessary the price is way out of line. If you can find a used one for $50 to $100 and you have rudimentary woodworking skills, go for it.

            (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            THE GOOD BAD N UGLY

            By Gravy Man

            from Cahokia, IL

            Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

            The red model is a stunning looking instrument. The finish, binding, fretboard and headstock are as good as any other guitar. I own 2 other resophonic style guitars and the buzzing of the small strings is not normal. So I took off the strings and looked at the spider bridge to find the problem. Most of the wood screw were loose or the wood was stripped out. The chrome plating on the cover disk was very poor quality. The cone was screwed down to the body of the guitar which is supposed to be free floating and contacting only on the outer edge of the opening and the spider. When I removed the cone I found the problem. The cavity of the guitar was too shallow for the cone. The wire's insulation was mashed between the cone and the plywood body. The rim of the cavity where the come rests was rough cut plywood and not smooth in the least.The cone is the heart of any resophonic instrument, it can't make contact on the underside or it can't ring. So I went to work sanding and priming the rim and gouging out the bottom of the cavity plywood till the cone cleared on the underside. The cone had some burrs where the screws went through so I grounded them smooth, and reset the cone in place with a few drops of super glue. put the cover and strings back on and the buzz was gone.This guitar plays very good now although the pots are cheap and they cut out when the knobs are turned too far from the middle. Normally I don't fool with a new guitar like this but I waited 8 months to get it off a slow boat from China. Now it plays and sounds as good as it looks.

            (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Eh...

            By Josh-XxYh7

            from Germany

            Comments about Jay Turser JT-Res Electric Resonator Guitar:

            I bought this guitar almost on impulse after reading some reviews. It seemed like a decent bang for the buck and a great guitar for the price. I received it and was truly disappointed. The high 'E' buzzes and is useless, the action is colossal (this is to be expected on this sort of guitar though) the sound output isn't that great, the neck feel is muggy. The guitar itself plugged in sounds very bland and lacks brightness, and the twang simply isn't that prevelant. I'm taking it to my tech this weekend to get it reset up and to see my options for changing the pickup out. There is a serious blemish in the side of the guitar as well near the neck like it got whacked really hard, compressing the wood after it got painted.Overall after setup I may use this for recording some down the line, but don't expect a perfect guitar. This is on par with the price if not a little expensive for what I got.

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