I love myself a nice resophonic guitar. Their unique sound and look always felt like something especially close to my heart. So when I see an exceptional resonator guitar I can hardly contain myself from letting out a high pitched, middle school girl squeal. This makes it so much harder for me to review the Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature Series PBS-M. It is that good. Let’s take a closer look to hear why it is so good.
A lot of people think that the best resonator guitars are usually made entirely of steel to accommodate the instrument specific sound. That is simply not true. The sound of a resophonic guitar comes from its resonator, installed as part of the top of the guitar. The composition of the back and sides, or the rest of the guitar, is entirely dependent on the manufacturer. IF the manufacturer wants, it could of course be metal, but making the parts wood makes the guitar produce a more interesting sound.
The back and sides of the guitar are thus made of mahogany, which brings out the true depth of the low tones in the resophonic guitar. The looks of the guitar also benefit greatly from this design, producing an instrument that feels and looks warmer.
The top of the guitar is made of brass, with the resonator of the guitar being a Paul Beard cone combined with traditional paul beard spiders. The top of the guitar has a beautiful design incorporated into it, one that serves aesthetics as much as it does functionality. The tone is enhanced by the sound holes of the design, producing a guitar that projects a powerful and beautiful sound.
The square neck of the guitar allows for more comfortable laptop playing. The neck itself is made of mahogany, which is a sturdy, lightweight material well fitted for a lap steel guitar. The fingerboard of the guitar is rosewood, which is perfect for finger or slide playing.
The bridge of the guitar is made of highly resonant metal, transferring the string vibrations into the cone. The brass in the bridge allows for a very beautiful sound that is both warm and vibrant.
The raised nut of the guitar is perfect for slide playing, but can be used perfectly well for finger playing as well. The material used is very sturdy and allows for great harmonics.
The tuners of the guitar are top notch, without a single issue with tuning stability. That is something I love, as I hate having to re-tune the guitar too often. With this guitar that is not a problem, with tuning being kept stable for weeks at a time.
The guitar is exceptional in tone and sound. The projection of the guitar is of course powerful, especially so because of the beard specific design of the cone. Yet what is truly differentiating for this guitar is the tone. The guitar sounds very warm and vibrant, with all sounds feeling intricate, expressive and nuanced. Definitely an amazing sound!
The Gold Tone Paul Beard Signature Series PBS-M is one of the best guitars on the market, resophonic or not. It has so many things going for it that I would have a hard time listing all of them in a review. And yet even if I tried, one of the best things about it, the sound, is hard to describe in words. Go ahead and find yourself one, definitely do yourself the favor.