Review of the Stagg SR706 SB Resonator Guitar
Our church band was in need of a few instruments, amongst others a resonator guitar which I was asked to research and buy. Having a very limited budget and not knowing where to start looking, I went over the guitar store.
Since my Regal at home was a present from my dad, I honestly didn´t know what the going prices were for resos. Well, I gave the shop attendant a list of all the things the church was looking for and when he saw my budget for the resonator ($150), he shook his head and said that it would be near impossible to find something for that price. Another customer overheard the conversation and asked me the church´s address since he could sell us his unwanted birthday gift (Stagg SR706 SB) for $100!
He came around, asked me if I wanted to try it out first but I trusted him. As soon as he left I started playing. I immediately realized why this guitar was “unwanted”.
Visually, there is nothing wrong with the guitar. Its mahogany sides, back and neck and Rosewood fretboard give it a classical look, especially with nickel plated bridge and high gloss finish. The typical nickel-plated bell together with brass cover place and tailpeace adds to the authenticity. However, once I started playing I realized that the tail peace had a vibrating noise and that the spider bridge was barely holding the 1st and 6th string in place whilst playing. It also seemed like the strings were not level enough, since the nut on the stock was uneven. The spider had a lot of sharp edges too which I had to file down.
I have to admit that the resonator was giving a very loud and clear tone, and the intonation was fairly good, in spite of the strings not being level. Some of the screws on the cover plate were loose though and the heads stripped. I know that all of these things could probably be fixed, but again there was the budget constraint. Searching on Google, I found solutions to all the problems and found the required parts pretty cheaply.
First thing I did was placing foam under the tailpiece which made no difference to the vibration. I noticed on the internet that many Rogue owners complained about the same problem. I found a replacement tail peace on eBay for a few bucks. It arrived 2 days later, and after replacing the old one, it made all the difference.
Then I replaced the heads of the tension adjustment screws on the cone. This immediately took care of most of the buzzing. The next thing I did was the lower the action a little bit, since someone on a forum was saying that this helped with the strings not being level – it worked!
Whether the guitar I got was a DOA from the factory or not, who knows. If all of Stagg´s guitars are like this, I would only recommend this guitar to someone on a really low budget, who knows how to fix resonators. Once you replace and adjust everything that bothers you, it really does give a very decent performance.
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