Chris 73' Dorado Dobro

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  1. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    Hi I am Chris from Cincinnati, OH. I was talking to my grandfather and told him I was interested in learning to play the guitar. He then told me I could have his old dobro he had in his closet. It is a 1973 Gretsch Dobro Resonator Guitar Dorado. I don't know much about it, but it looks pretty nice. I have searched the internet to find out information about it and to see what its worth. Not much luck, doesn't seem like there is a lot of information about these.

    I need to get it stringed and a bone piece at the top of the bar.

    Any help is greatly apprecaited.

    Chris
     
  2. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    1973 Gretsch Dobro Resonator Guitar Dorado

    I attached a picture of it.
     

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  3. nickurso

    nickurso Friend of Fred

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    Very nice congrats on the dobro. Welcome to gretsch talk
     
  4. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    Do you know anything about these guitars? Is it valuable?
     
  5. calvin lee

    calvin lee Country Gent

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    someone more knowledgeable than i will certainly chime in, but generally speaking, gretsches from the 70's aren't ultra valuable. still, it looks like a very cool guitar, and might be worth something.
     
  6. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    Yea I'm super stoked to get it stringed. Especially since it has been in my family, this guitar is more valuable to me than what it is probably worth. Still I want to know more about it and what it is worth. Thanks for the replies.
     
  7. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    This guitar is a real treasure, but that doesn't mean, that it is worth a lot of money.

    This is a cool looking and I bet also great sounding acoustic. And it's a guitar with a family history and your first one.

    Give it to a luthier or good guitar tech to take care of the nut (that bone piece) and check the rest and restring it.

    And then ... enjoy it!
     
  8. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
  9. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    I found it in a catalog from 1973. This one is identical to mine.
     

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  10. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    Fact is, it seems to be a guitar with some history back to the 50s, not only family history ;)

    Hurry up learning ... I'm curious to hear it :D
     
  11. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    The Dorado seems the successor to the Sho-Buds, whose relation with Gretsch ended in '73 because of dissapointing sales, according to the link above. Little history there.

    Value, no idea but I've seen playable '30s Regal made Gretsch dobros for 1000-1200 bucks. The '70s are not considered Gretsch's best period. Adjust your expectations accordingly.
     
  12. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Dorados were Japanese made, budget guitars. Nonetheless a cool guitar. Welcome.
     
  13. fender62custom

    fender62custom Gretschified

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    G'day Chris!! welcome to the forum!!
     
  14. It's cool either way. Enjoy and welcome to the forum.
     
  15. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    Dec 1, 2010
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    Welcome to the forum Chris!
     
  16. Aymara

    Aymara Friend of Fred

    Jul 6, 2013
    Germany
    History or not ... Chris can be proud of his grandfather and this cool guitar.

    Grandpa will teach him the first steps, I guess.

    Enjoy your musical journey, Chris!

    PS: In my opinion Chris' guitar is the grandfather of the current Resonator models.
     
  17. Gretschist

    Gretschist Gretschie

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    May 20, 2013
    Cologne, Germany
    Chris - welcome! Enjoy learning guitar playin´, I wish you tons of inspiration and good advice right here!
    Best, Al
     
  18. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    Anybody know what kind of strings resonator guitars use?
     
  19. Adam Christopher

    Adam Christopher Gretschie

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    Jul 20, 2013
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    I'm no expert, although I am planning on a resonator purchase myself. I've researched it and I believe they are just regular acoustic strings, but towards the heavy end - 12 gauge at least, I think.

    According to resonator maker Republic (on the subject of phosphor bronze regular acoustic guitar strings):

     
  20. cag40oz

    cag40oz Electromatic

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    Jul 22, 2013
    Covington, Ky
    Guitar Center sells resonator strings... I am looking to get the strings today... Is there a difference between acoustic and resonator strings... Also, if I put acoustic strings on it will I sound more like an acoustic guitar? Thanks alot for all the help.
     
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