London Resonator Centre Has Closed
In 2007, London Resonator Centre closed down. For several years this was their website.
Content is from the site's archived pages, as well as from other outside sources.
Blues legend Son House playing a Resonator
Son House "Death Letter Blues"
Fine Resophonic® Guitars have been in business since 1992
and in that time have gained an excellent reputation.
They have built resonator guitars for among others -
Eric Clapton, Louisiana Red, Michael Messer and Bob Brozman.
Each instrument is completely hand-built by Mike Lewis to the very highest standards
possible and the attention to detail is faultless.
The superb engraving on Fine Resophonics is done by Pierre Avocat,
who is also involved with the building of the unique Mecano® instruments &
the manufacturing of Fine Resophonic® cones.
These guitars play, feel and sound like vintage Nationals... they really do.
If you are looking for a hand-built guitar with all the qualities of a vintage National,
Fine Resophonic Guitars are as close as you'll get.
We are the only store in the United Kingdom selling Fine Resophonic® Guitars
For Fine Resophonic instruments POA (price on application)
Custom built Cabossa
The London Resonator Centre is the only store of its kind in the world.
We specialize in resonator guitars from classic 1920s Nationals & Dobros, right through the decades to current factory & hand-built instruments.
We also offer high quality hand-built instruments, plus a range of vintage acoustic & electric guitars.
At LRC you will find a relaxed environment and a sales staff always willing to give you professional advice.
LRC sales director - Ron Smith
Buying a musical instrument in any price bracket takes serious consideration, at LRC you can relax on one of our sofas, drink a fresh coffee and spend time over your decision. All visitors to LRC receive individual, warm and friendly service, no matter if you are buying a budget instrument or a fine hand-built guitar.
It is so difficult in a busy shop to play a guitar with people around.
At LRC we have a room set aside solely for the purpose of trying out a guitar in private.
This is something we feel is very important.
Whether you are a first time buyer or an experienced player, you can feel confident that we will give you the best advice possible.
We are not in business just to make a quick sale, we are looking to build a lasting relationship with each of our customers, offering a professional personal service.
If you are looking for an instrument, either vintage or brand new, that we do not currently have in stock, we will do our very best to find it for you.
At LRC: we believe our range of instruments and accessories to be the finest available. Just scroll down through our index on your left and browse our catalogue,
or call in at our store & take a look.
We do not operate an "ADD TO CART" system of online purchasing.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for details of our secure online purchase system.
We look forward to meeting you at LRC
Resophonically Yours, Ron Smith & Mel Isaacs
The London Resonator Centre The London Resonator Centre
44, DUNCAN STREET
N1 8BW London - Islington
An aside: When I was breaking down my parents' home and organizing what my father would take with him to Hart Heritage Estates, a senior residence in Bel Air, Maryland, what I would keep or give to my siblings, and what would be donated, I came across my father's cherished Sho-Bro Dobro style resonator guitar. He hadn't played it for about five years after a stroke weakened his right side of his body. I thought that he couldn't take it with him to this assisted living facility. There simply wouldn't be enough space in his room to store something that he no longer played. However, I also knew that the guitar held many memories for him. I spoke to the staff at his new home for seniors and asked it I could mount the resonator guitar on the wall as if it were a large picture. After discussions with the Hart Heritage Estates management, they gave me permission. I decided I would surprise my father on his birthday with his new hung "picture". My siblings and I took my father out for a birthday lunch at a nearby restaurant. When we came back to Hart Heritage Estates, my older brother took my father for a stroll in the park-like grounds of the facility. Meanwhile I, my sister, and younger brother with the help of a maintenance staff mounted the Sho-Bro Dobro resonator guitar on the wall above the bureau in my father's room. It was such a delight to see my father's reaction when he walked back into his room. He then told us the story of how he acquired the resonator guitar at the London Resonator Centre when he was in his junior year of college in London.
VINTAGE & SECOND-HAND INSTRUMENTS
If you are looking for a vintage or second-hand instrument that is not on our list,
please contact us as we can usually find what you are looking for.
Our inventory of vintage & second-hand instruments does not contain
the typical guitar-shop-blurb about "very cool axe in mint condition"
At LRC we prefer to allow the instruments to attract their own new owners.
Please feel free to call in, phone, fax or e-mail to ask about a particular instrument.
If you are interested in acoustic guitars you should also check out our new
website at www.acousticheaven.net - We have a very comprehensive range
of new acoustic guitars and an excellent selection of vintage & second-hand instruments
SCROLL DOWN FOR VINTAGE & SECOND-HAND RESONATOR GUITARS
& SOME EXCELLENT ELECTRIC GUITARS
Vintage & Second-hand instruments from £300.00
Edna Mae Cooper ( ladies world flying champion ) & Karl,
take their Dobro guitars on a round the world tour - Jan 1932
John Dopyera - inventor of the resonator guitar
These guitars are all currently in stock at LRC
2002 Yanuziello guitar (round neck)
Flame maple, sunburst, spider bridge/cone set-up
This is a superb guitar from a fine Canadian luthier
2003 Dobro - electric guitar
Blended P-90 & piezo pickup system
1928 National Tricone - Style 2 (Wild Rose engraving)
All original in excellent condition
Round-neck Tricones from this period are among some
of the finest acoustic guitars ever built. Style 2 engravings
are pretty rare and don't turn up for sale very often these days.
A very beautiful & collectable instrument.
1936 Dobro model 19 - made by Regal
All original, excellent condition.
Set up for lap playing, but can easily be
converted back for regular playing.
Lovely guitar, plays well.
1930's Dobro - Model 62
Brass body with front & back etching.
Pearl inlaid "Dobro" on headstock
1929 Dobro Model 56 (round-neck)
All original with red bean wood fingerboard.
Player's wear but has a wonderful tone.
This is a great guitar
1930 National Tricone Style 4 (square neck)
Excellent, all original style 4 Tricone in beautiful condition.
Beautiful sweet tone and a classic collectors item.
1930's Francotta Dual-Tone
biscuit bridge - wood bodied guitar. round neck,
set up with nut raiser for lap-style playing.
Possibly made in Europe -
we are not sure about the origins of this rare guitar
1931 National Triolian
All original in excellent condition
Walnut burst with bakelite neck.
Very good sounding guitar & lovely to play
1936 National Tricone square-neck "style 1.5"
Near mint all original with wiggle edge border
A rare & collectable instrument with a wonderful tone.
1934 National Duolian
This guitar was restored by Steve Phillips (Notting Hillbillies) and
is a superb players instrument with a very interesting history.
The National logo on the headstock & the star inlay on
the heel are by Steve Phillips
1930 National Triolian
Early walnut sunburst finish. steel bodied.
Excellent original condition
1929 National Triolian
Yellow sprayed Polychrome finish
Excellent original condition
Early 1930s Kay "El Trovador" - fitted with a Shireson cone
These are unusual guitars & worth checking out
1931 National Tricone Style 1 (square-neck)
Excellent condition, all original, lovely tone
Serial number 2324
1927 National Tricone Silver Guitar - Style 1 serial number #195
This is one of the very first run of hand-built National instruments.
The grilles are separate strips soldered together & the sound-well is wood.
These guitars, which are very rare, are some of the sweetest sounding Nationals
ever built. Some collectors & players believe that these are the ultimate Tricone guitars.
For more information about this guitar - call or email us at LRC,
also check out www.notecannons.com and Bob Brozman's book,
"The History & Artistry of the National Guitar."
This is a very rare guitar
The photo shows Tricone #195 opened up with the wood sound-well showing.
Also note the very early tin 'pit-props' or 'mushroom posts'. There are many details of
this guitar that make it different from regular factory produced Tricones. The square neck is
slightly narrower and of course the back is flat. Also the tailpiece has the six buttons.
1971 Sho-Bro Dobro style resophonic guitar
Excellent sounding large bodied giant Mother of a Dobro!
Ronnie Lane is known to have recorded with one of these guitars. Certainly these
were favoured during the early 1970s by the British folk-rock-roots players.
Sho-Bro & Sho-Bud guitars were built in Nashville in the early 1970s. They were distributed
by the Gretsch Guitar Company and stayed available until 1979 While this company is best
known for their pedal steel guitars, the company did produce a number of acoustic guitars.
Sho-Bud and Sho-Bro guitars were designed by Dobro player & pedal steel guitarists,
Shot Jackson & Buddy Emmons - (known for his Sho-Bud pedal steel guitars).
Two models appear in the Gretsch catalogues of the early 1970s: The
Sho Bro, a Dobro with a single cutaway body and dot fingerboard inlays; and the
Sho Bud, a non-cutaway model with inlays similar to the Sho-Bud
lap steels (the four suits of a pack of cards).
Shot Jackson & Buddy Emmons
Early 1930's MAGNO TONE
Made by Regal & sold through Montgomery Ward catalogues.
This is an unusual guitar with a great tone
1937 DOBRO model 32
This is a lovely guitar to play with a sweet tone
1983 Dobro guitar
Very unusual looking guitar made by OMI Dobro
This guitar is a great sounding wood bodied single cone instrument.
2001 Owens "Crossroads" Special finish - Resonator Electric Guitar
This is a very well built electric guitar with an unusual stove
enamelled finish & coverplate design.
1955 - Supro Dual-Tone - white ( same as Ry Cooder's )
This is a great electric guitar with a classic 50's vibe & tone.
Plug this into an old valve amplifier & you will be very impressed!
Hand-built in New Zealand
All components, including resonator cones, are designed and manufactured by Beltona which gives our
instruments their distinctive quality and tone. Bodies are engineered using high quality
brass for evenness of tone and projection of sound. The shining, durable finish is achieved with heavy nickel plating.
Hand-contoured necks are solid mahogany finished in clear lacquer. Ebony fingerboards are bound
with iveroid and have mother-of-pearl fret markers. Prismatic pearloid provides the veneer for headstocks.
All instruments, except ukuleles, have internally adjustable truss rods and all are supplied in sturdy fibreglass cases.
Here are some of the musicians who play Beltona instruments:
Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Keb' Mo', Mark Knopfler,
Martin Simpson, Richard Bennett, Sonny Landreth, Steve Phillips, Tiny Tim.
Mark Knopfler playing a Beltona Reso Electric
MISTAR® RESOPHONIC GUITARS
Hand-made in the Czech Republic since 1992
The finest instruments available in their price bracket.
Amistar guitars from £895.00
BELL BRASS RESOPHONIC HAND ENGRAVED GUITARS
THE AMISTAR 12 STRING TRICONE
THE AMISTAR FIBRE-GLASS GUITAR
THE AMISTAR TRICONE
THE AMISTAR STYLE N
THE AMISTAR RESONATOR ELECTRIC
The Amistar electric resonator guitar is now in the store.
Tests in our store have proved this to be a superb electric resonator guitar. If you are into
the sound of resonator electrics.....come and check out the hand-engraved Amistar electric.
AMISTAR® PARTS & ACCESSORIES
Coverplate - single cone
Coverplate - Tricone
Tricone T Bridge
Resonator cone 9.5" ( standard National size )
Resonator cone 6" ( standard Tricone size )
Biscuit piezo pick-up by Amistar
T Bridge piezo pick-up by Amistar
Amistar Amistar Stager 2006