This Gretsch resonator belongs to singer/songwriter Owain Davies from the band Spokes. As a purely acoustic instrument Owain wanted the guitar electrifying! This Fishman “Resophonic” piezo pickup fastens to the center of the cone, in both single-cone “spider” and “biscuit” style bridges.
American guitar firm National introduced the resonator to the world in 1927 and were popular with many blues pioneers like Son House and Bukka White. The first Nationals were actually made from brass rather than steel.
Maker Dobro followed with their spider cone resonator guitar a few years later. Dobros differed in sound and construction. The spider cone lent a nasal honk to the sound, and many Dobros used wood back and sides.
This Gretsch G9200 Boxcar Standard harks back to the days of Dobro. It is a very light for a resonator guitar and has a soft V shape neck reminiscent of Martin guitars. The Box Car produces a cool, nasally honk and has great projection.