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Dobro Lessons: Parts of The Dobro

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So now, we're gonna cover a little bit
about how this Dobro's constructed and
what the different parts of it are.
It's good to know a little bit about that.
This as you may know is a square necked
They do make round neck Dobros, which are
played like regular flat top guitars.
But this being the square neck version,
this is what we're,
what we're talking about here in the, the
school of Dobro.
And so you've got the square neck, you see
the strings are raised off
of the finger board to so that you can
slide along with your bar on it.
But the main and unique part of the Dobro
is this resonator here.
So I'll just tell you how, a little bit
about how this is all put together and
why it sounds the way it does.
This top part here that you,
is screwed on with these little screws is
just called a cover plate.
And all that does, is just covers all the
apparatus underneath.
It just protects it basically.
This, this top piece in and of itself
doesn't serve any real sonic purpose.
So what you have is the strings go right
to here to a bridge piece,
which then connects to what's call the
And you can see underneath, the spider are
these arms that
shoot out from the bridge in the center
and rest on the cones.
So this is, this is the spider, right
under here,
you can see in your Dobro, you can see
these four arms.
And what they do is they transfer the
sound from the strings
across these four arms onto the cone they
rest on this cone.
The cone you can see is it looks like a
speaker cone, it's it's
made of spun metal and that is where you
get the bulk of the Dobro sound from.
So the sound travels down these arms of
the spider, they sit on the cone.
And they make the cone vibrate just like a
speak, a speaker cone would.
So you have some sound shooting out and,
which is obvious to hear and
it gives the Dobro its unique sound.
And some sound shoots down into the body
of the guitar and
sort of swirls around here and then we'll
come out through these two sound holes.
So that's sort of the main that's the main
focus of the, the sound of the Dobro.
Of course, you have the tail piece, which
holds the strings.
As far as stringing up a Dobro, it just
goes ri,
the strings go right over the top into
these holes.
And of course, you have the tuners and the
told you about the bridge and that's the
bulk of it.
The other thing that you'll notice a lot
of modern Dobros,
they don't ha, actually have frets, the
way a guitar would.
They may just have fret markers.
Because we're not pressing down the
strings like you do on a guitar,
we just slide across.
So all you need is a visual aide to see
where you are.
So for instance on this particular guitar,
this is a Meredith built Dobro and you
see, it's just inlaid wood.
There's not even a fret here.
So all these frets are here for is just a
visual aide to
keep you in tune when you put your bar on
to the instrument.
So that pretty much covers the parts of
the Dobro and
why it sounds the way it does.