UPDATE. I have a Wechter Sheerhorn 6510R in excellent conditon en route from "Farmers Corner" here on RN....the instrument has been upgraded with Fishman 'Nashville' bridge pickup, Schoonover modular spider, Scheerhorn cone, Screenless soundhole rings, and Schaller strap lock buttons...and the price is well within my meager budget....thanks Brian!
Looking to buy my first Reso. I'm looking for a good starter squareneck for bluegrass with single cone spider bridge. I prefer the modern sound and volume of Wechter Scheerhorn and Gold Tone PB's, and a good used one of that caliber would be in my price range.
I am in a relatively dead resophonic/dobro zone meaning that if you wanted to purchase something and play it before buying the pickings are slim. There are the normal entry level reso's around, regal, morgan monroe, etc but nothing mid level or high end. I do have a option to purchase one of two different guitars. The first is a 1982 OMI Dobro model 60DN. It's been upgraded with a Quarterman cone, a Beard bone nut and maple saddles with ebony inserts. It's in very good shape and is loud with a nice tone. The other option is a new Gold Tone Beard standard which is a stock Beard GT. The price between the two is only $80 and neither goes over $700 which is the top of my dollar range for now. My question is which would be considered the better choice as an upgrade from a Johnson, a 26 year old OMI or a new Beard GT? All of these are squareneck's by the way. Thanks,