Resonator guitars are a special kind of acoustic guitars - they produce a louder sound thanks to the metal cone (resonator) which is located on their bodies, which also gives this type of guitar a very distinctive look!

Resonators are traditionally used in bluegrass and blues music. At the PMT Online Resonator Guitar Shop we stock all the best brands such as GretschFender and Eastcoast.

Visit your local PMT store to try an acoustic resonator for yourself!


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Resonator FAQs

  • Are resonators difficult to learn and play?

    Resonators are played in the same way as an acoustic guitar and will take around the same level of practice to be able to play them.
  • What is the difference between a resonator and acoustic guitar?

    Resonators are similar to acoustic guitars but are built with a metal cone within their construction which projects the sound to be even louder than a traditional sound hole.
  • How do I choose the best resonator guitar for me?

    Pick a resonator guitar which feels comfortable to play and that has a pleasing tone to you. Some of the best ones are produced by Gretsch.
  • How loud are resonators compared to other guitar types?

    Resonator guitars tend to be slightly louder than acoustic guitars, however this is offset by their decreased sustain. Resonator guitars are particularly useful for slide and bluegrass playing.
  • What's the difference between a dobro and resonator guitar?

    Dobro is a brand of resonator guitar. This type of resonator is usually played on the lap as opposed to how a traditional acoustic guitar would be played.