I am a pretty new guitar player. I took it up as a retirement endeavor. I have been a drummer for 57 years. Started playing when I was 12. I always wanted to play guitar but family and a busy career seemed to dominate all the time. (And money!). So when I retired I needed something to keep moving and thinking and the guitar was the answer. Now, with the internet, there is a never ending array of teachers and instruction. But I quickly discovered that the electric rhythm guitar parts to all the rock n roll songs that I wanted to learn was not what I was really interested in. What was really interesting and challenging was John Fahey, Leo Kottke and Jack Rose. So that’s where I headed. Sometime before arthritis and Alzheimer’s sets in I am going to be able to play some of that stuff! Some time ago I ran across a Gretsch square neck Boxcar resonator for a price that was just to stupid to pass up. It’s a pretty little thing. Very deceiving. I brought it home. I picked up an assortment of thumb and finger picks. And a Dunlop Lapdawg tone bar. I’m set! There are all kinds of YouTube videos on how to pay this thing. Piece of cake. I have discovered over the past few months the true nature of a square neck resonator guitar. And what they are really used for. When you spend hours and hours working on Sunflower River Blues and you begin to think “Man! I have almost got this. I am making real progress!” You go get that square neck down, lay it on your lap, put them picks on, grab that tone bar and proceed to loose every bit of confidence you have built up over the past few weeks. After some time of making these God awful noises and beginning to feel sweat run down the back of your neck, you hang it back in the wall and walk away. Head down. Just go set on the porch and stare at the fence. That pretty little thing with the shiny plate just kick your ass. Again! Oh well. There’s always tomorrow. Anybody interested in a buying a never really played Boxcar resonator?