Turn it up: Local musician designs louder resonator guitar

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KELLY MORGAN KELLY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

About two years ago, Lebanon resident Ferrell Stowe decided his resonator guitar should be louder, and following Stowe’s extensive tinkering, Redline Resophonics is manufacturing a guitar that Stowe designed.
Stowe explained that resonator guitars were invented in the late 1920s prior to the advent of electric instruments, and they were designed to be louder than a regular guitar. From the outside, they look similar to a standard guitar, but the front of the instrument’s body is dominated by a circular metal cover plate. Under the cover plate is a cone similar to those used in speakers and amplifiers.
Today, resonator guitars are a staple in multiple genres of music, including southern gospel, bluegrass, traditional country and blues, Stowe said.
“Everybody’s heard them, but they don’t know what they’re hearing,” he stated.
Stowe began playing resonator guitar as a teenager 55 years ago, and since then he has performed in eastern Europe, Ireland, Wales and Canada.

 

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