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Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar Round Neck

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The Goldtone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar has a mahogany neck that provides vintage looks and great stability for serious slide work. Gorg...Click To Read More About This Product

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Classic Beard sound and looks at a very affordable price.

The Goldtone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar has a mahogany neck that provides vintage looks and great stability for serious slide work. Gorgeous mahogany back, sides, and bound top combine with a gloss sunburst finish and bound fretboard for stunning stage appeal. Authentic tone pours out of the USA-made spun aluminum Beard cone. Beard spider, sealed adjustable tuning machines with pearloid buttons, and maple soundwell complete this resonator guitar in both sound and style.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany neck and body
  • Bound rosewood fretboard
  • USA-made Beard spun aluminum cone
  • USA-made Beard spider
  • Bone nut
  • Sealed adjustable tuning machines with pearloid buttons
  • Maple soundwell
  • 25" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
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Gold ToneBeard Signature Series Resonator Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (13)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Well built / quality (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Gold Tone PBS dobro - I can't keep my hands off it

According to the Musician's Friend web site, the price just went up on this, but it is still a great buy. When I first thought about buying the Gold tone PBS I knew...Read complete review

According to the Musician's Friend web site, the price just went up on this, but it is still a great buy. When I first thought about buying the Gold tone PBS I knew it was a lot of value for the money. Still, I wasn't sure I was ready to take on a new instrument. With the President's Day 15% discount, I had no choice. It feels like I stole it, but I'm not giving it back. My National Duolian and my Bourgeois OM are very jealous of this new upstart in the family. I play it every day.
If you really want to play dobro, get the squareneck, not the roundneck. It is set up perfectly. Sounded great right out of the box. The tuners look good but are a bit stiff.
Arrived thoughtfully packed in a box, inside a box, inside a box. Anticipation builds as you work your way through the layers. Only shipping damage was one broken string, which took me about a minute to replace. Otherwise, it arrived actually in tune! Amazing! All the way from China. The sound is loud and clean - much sweeter than my National steel.
How can they sell this thing for so little? There are a couple of less expensive squareneck dobros on the market (I tried the Regal) - don't waste your money - no comparison. I also tried the PBS-D, deluxe version of the PBS in a guitar store and loved it, but didn't want to spend the extra bucks just for some fancier inlays and an ebony finger board. (You don't put your fingers on the finger board on a dobro, so why pay for ebony?) The PBS-D might be a bit mellower in tone, too. The PBS is pretty bright, but clean. It came with no case, so now that I know I'm going to be playing it a lot, I ordered a travelite dobro case. Hope it fits.

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Trying a second one

Neck started to separate a bit where it attaches to the sound box. It caused cracking of the lacquer at the joint. I sent it back, no problem, and I bought a second...Read complete review

Neck started to separate a bit where it attaches to the sound box. It caused cracking of the lacquer at the joint. I sent it back, no problem, and I bought a second one exactly like it to see if the first one was just a fluke.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Gold Tone PBS dobro - I can't keep my hands off it

By David Hartley

from Maine

Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

According to the Musician's Friend web site, the price just went up on this, but it is still a great buy. When I first thought about buying the Gold tone PBS I knew it was a lot of value for the money. Still, I wasn't sure I was ready to take on a new instrument. With the President's Day 15% discount, I had no choice. It feels like I stole it, but I'm not giving it back. My National Duolian and my Bourgeois OM are very jealous of this new upstart in the family. I play it every day.
If you really want to play dobro, get the squareneck, not the roundneck. It is set up perfectly. Sounded great right out of the box. The tuners look good but are a bit stiff.
Arrived thoughtfully packed in a box, inside a box, inside a box. Anticipation builds as you work your way through the layers. Only shipping damage was one broken string, which took me about a minute to replace. Otherwise, it arrived actually in tune! Amazing! All the way from China. The sound is loud and clean - much sweeter than my National steel.
How can they sell this thing for so little? There are a couple of less expensive squareneck dobros on the market (I tried the Regal) - don't waste your money - no comparison. I also tried the PBS-D, deluxe version of the PBS in a guitar store and loved it, but didn't want to spend the extra bucks just for some fancier inlays and an ebony finger board. (You don't put your fingers on the finger board on a dobro, so why pay for ebony?) The PBS-D might be a bit mellower in tone, too. The PBS is pretty bright, but clean. It came with no case, so now that I know I'm going to be playing it a lot, I ordered a travelite dobro case. Hope it fits.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great Resophonic guitar at any price

By Barry

from Murrieta, Ca.

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • No Truss Rod

Best Uses

  • Concerts
  • Practicing

Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

I just received this PBS model Gold Tone Square neck guitar. First off it is a very pretty instrument. Secondly the tone of the instrument is phenomenal. Harmonic notes at the 12th fret are just amazing as is the overall tone. No rattles just pure Dobro tone. I really like this guitar and believe it is a high value for what it costs. I don't like the fact that there is no truss rod however, as I have had problems with steel string instruments becoming unplayable without them in the past. The fret board / neck is not perfectly flat out of the box but that doesn't matter with a slide guitar. I just hope the neck stays as is for a long time as too much of a bow will affect the relative pitch over the frets below. As long as the guitar stays as is, I will be playing it for a long time. It sounds just great. I have not played any other brand of resophonic guitar but I have been listening to the recordings of some great players for quiet some time and the tone of this guitar is as good as anything I have heard. Just really sweet and syrupy. Beautiful. I would compare it to Jerry Douglas' tone on the Alison Kraus/Vince Gill CMT "Trying to get over you"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfXbDH3DZwg

It sounds just great. I can't wait to get this tone onmy own recordings.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The only mid-price Dobro choice

By Squareneck Picker

from Montana

Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

I played a Regal squareneck before I bought this. The Gold Tone squareneck makes that thing sound like a tin whistle. To put it plainly- if you've played Dobro for any amount of time, you know who Paul Beard is. And if you know who Paul Beard is, you know his resonator cones sound exactly the way a squareneck resonator should sound-and that's exactly what's sitting in this bad boy. Absolutely the best value on a squareneck Dobro without shelling out big bucks for a Beard, Scheerhorn, or Dobro model, bar none. Its high notes can sing or shout, and its lows can hum or growl. All the tonal complexity of a much, MUCH more expensive model. These instruments are a steal- they should be selling them for much more, but they're not! Get one now and watch its value skyrocket!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEST bang for the buck in a resonator guitar out t

By rmoodoggy

from North-central Alabama

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Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

This one is almost perfect right out of the box.The only thing I had to do was change the strings and lower the action slightly.(I bought the round neck to be able to play as a standard guitar also. The action was a little high for fingers).The fit and finish is perfect. The sound is big and full.You would be hard pressed to find anything at twice the price with this big sound.I had access to quite a few quality modern and vintage reso's, but this one was better than most of them . Very good value, with this one you get MORE than you pay for!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Loud, proud, but can be delicate too.

By Wayne-gxANU

from Wisconsin

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Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

A Goldtone PBS Beard Signature reso squareneck is the right one to choose. It can be loud or as soft as needed. There is pride and quality built into the guitar with a signature you can trust. It has a fine retro look & the construction will hold up to stage use indoors or out. If you want a specific sound, find out what strings and steel tone bar your favorite player uses. The PBS will handle it; the rest is up to you.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Beautiful guitar

By Bill

from Poway, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Tone Quality

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

    This instrument is well made. However It did not sound any better than my Gretsch Bobtail rersonator. Maybe I am too much of a tone freak. ..

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Value

    By jag1

    from Greenville. SC

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    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

        The quality and feel were great for the price.
        2 of 6 tuners slip a bit - not a big deal for the price. Had there been a case it would be a perfect first dobro.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beter than described

        By slide321

        from mississippi

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        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts

          Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

          Buying used sight unseen is always a risk, but apparently not so with Musician's Friend. Based on their description, I expected a badly scarred top. I was very pleasantly surprised when there was only a very small and easily repairable chip in the finish. Otherwise, this dobro is brand new. Quite happy with the condition AND the price.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          RUN - don't walk if you are considering one!

          By MRBABAR

          from NJ

          Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

          Sometimes you think something is better because it costs more and is has less quality when it cost you less. Nothing could be farther from the truth with this instrument. If I played one in a store and it had no price tag I would have said it was probably worth $1500. I love it - a very balanced sound...the fit and finish is perfect...

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best bang for your buck

          By GuitarLady

          from Richmond, TX

          Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

          For the price, you can't find a better instrument. It is very well made and has a great sound. A friend with a pre-war Gibson made the comment that it had better tuners than his Gibson and sounded just as good. I have found Gold Tone to make very high quality products at a very reasonable price. (I also own a Gold Tone banjo.)

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would recommend this to anyone.

          By Likeable Louie

          from Lewes, Sussex

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Good Tone
          • Long Life
          • Strong

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

              Records beautifully. Looks stunning. Wonderfully diverse tonal range.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Can't beat it for the money

              By Alamo

              from Dallas, TX

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                  Really sweet tone, plenty of volume. A big step up from my old Regal, but got it without breaking the bank. Only downside is that the nut is so high it can be a challenge not to push down on the strings with the steel and go sharp; may end up lowering the nut a bit but will probably leave it as is because I don't really want to mess with the setup, which produces a great overall sound. Would definitely recommend to someone who wants high-quality sound but doesn't have a few grand laying around for a National.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love it!

                  By Martinguitar58

                  from Tucson, AZ

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Good Tone

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Backup
                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                    I use this instrument in my Bluegrass band. Adds a great sound to the mix

                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Just as expected

                    By Reso enthusiast

                    from Clifton, Colorado

                    About Me Novice

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                    Pros

                    • Good Tone
                    • Well Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Church Playing
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                      This was a "gently used" instrument. The only evidence of use was a couple of very small scratches on the cone cover. Changed strings and tweeked the bridge adjustment screw and it was ready to play. Super service by the company. I have purchased before and have purchased since.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      GREAT VALUE, GREAT GUITAR

                      By Anonymous

                      from Undisclosed

                      Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                      I've owned one of these for about a year. It was setup in Paul Beard's shop and it plays and sounds great. I'd like it if the tuners were a little better, they seem to slip sometimes.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      plamont in NY

                      By plamont

                      from New York

                      Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                      I've had this resonator for about one year. I did quite a bit of research before making my final decision and everything I read led me to the Goldtone from Paul Beard. I've been playing Gibsons for nearly 40 years so it was hard to admit that there was anytning better but when it came to a resonator, this was it. It arrived in flawless condition and was set up perfectly. It has plenty of volume, a warm tone and a great neck. You won't go wrong for the money...aqnd if you want ot trade up to a Paul Beard, they offer a trade-in...go for it.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      bluegrass dream

                      By realmusic

                      from alabama

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                      Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                      Been playing mine for several years now and have not had any trouble, no adjustments or anything. Plays like a dream and makes you melt when you hear it. I love this instrument.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Can't go wrong

                      By Larry S.-L75wu

                      from Nashville

                      Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                      Absolutly best dobro on the market under $1500Quality built/Great warm sound/Beautiful finish.Don't bother messing around with anything else in this price range. Treat yourself and go for the best, You won't regret it.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Don't listen to that guy!

                      By NewUker2010

                      from Central Illinois

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                      Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                      I think the writer of that last post should've called and complained about the condition of his guitar. I've had one of these for a couple of years now, and the setup and sound are always great. I occasionally have to adjust the cone slightly for seasonal changes, but that's part of owning a resonator. This is the best import resonator there is period. A comparable model from Gibson or National will costs hundreds more.

                       
                      5.0

                      Beautiful

                      By Shara

                      from Ohio

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent
                      • Good Tone
                      • Strong

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Concerts
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about Gold Tone Beard Signature Series Resonator Guitar:

                        Love it. Couldn't be happier.

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