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Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar  Medium

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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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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.

Perfect shape and feel for silky tone.

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
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (4), Experienced (3)

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5.0

I liked it.

By 

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.

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    4.0

    Raise the Bar

    By 

    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.

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    5.0

    It's a tone bar

    By 

    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.

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        3.0

        Good Product, Bad Info

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        from Beverly Hills, MI

        About Me Novice

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        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.

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          4.0

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

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          from California

          About Me Professional Musician

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          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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          5.0

          Good for Lap Steel

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          from Austin, Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Concerts
            • Practicing

            Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

            Wish Musicians Friend would give you the specs on these so you know what you are getting. I blundered on to the right choice for lap steel. I got the medium which is 3/4 inch in diameter, 3 1/4 inch long, and weighs 7.5 oz. on my cheap kitchen scale.

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            4.0

            Does the job

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            from Columbia, MO

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • Functional
            • Good Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Learning
              • Practicing

              Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

              After years of playing regular fretted guitar, I recently decided to add the steel guitar to me arsenal. I bought this bar to go along with my entr level steel guitar.

              This works. It's small, but big enough to cover my 6 string guitar. It's smooth, slides along the strings quietly.

              It did take a bit to learn how to hold it, and maybe I am not using the accepted technique, but I have figured out a way for me to hold it.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Good Purchase

              By 

              from Gloucester,Va.

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Quality
              • Great For Pedal Steel
              • Improves Sound

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Any Style Of Music

              Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

              I have the lighter weight Tone bar also. I like the heavier Tonebar for pedal steel. I like the lighter weight Tonebar for lap steel.

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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice!

              Comments about Dunlop Stainless Steel Pro Tonebar:

              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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