The Weissenborn Hawaiian steel, a platapus among guitars to the uninitiated, is an instrument brilliantly and specifically conceived for Hawaiian playing. These hollow-neck Hawaiians are enjoying a renaissance with players nearly 60 years after the last one was made. They might have languished in obscurity if not for Lindley (the king of oddball instruments and a Dobro lover--really), Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Steve Fishell, and singer-songwriter Ben Harper. They have also been added to the arsenals of Dobro and steel players like Mike Auldridge, Bob Brozman, Cindy Cashdollar, Jerry Douglas, John Ely, Greg Leisz, and Sally Van Meter. Many session pros now routinely carry along a Weissenborn for steel or Dobro calls. "Whenever you take one of these things into the studio, people always say, 'Wow! What an amazing instrument!” says Greg Leisz. "Engineers flip out every time."
Weissenborn LM Resonator Guitar Features:
- Mahogany top, back, sides, and neck
- Spruce bracing
- Hollow neck
- Abalone dot inlays
- Gold Kluson-style tuners
- Bound fretboard
- Bone nut and saddle
- 24-7/8" scale
- 1-7/8" nut width
- 2 lbs., 3 oz.
- Lifetime Warranty
Because of its
construction, care must be given to the correct tuning and string gauges
to avoid bridge, bracing and neck problems. The strings supplied (.014,
.018, .026w, .034w, .044w, .056w) allow G (DGDGBD), D (DADF#AD) and
similar tunings. Your Weissenborn will not tolerate any additional
excessive tension (such as E tuning (EBEG#BE), Dobro G tuning (GBDGBD or
heavier) and will void the warranty. The string tension should be no
more than 165lbs at pitch. There are several online string tension
calculators available such as this one to determine correct string gauges for any desired tuning.
Weissenborn Hawiian Resonator Guitar Video Review