Review of the Vintage AMG2 Resonator Guitar
Having worked in a music store in Nashville for over 30 years, I have seen, demonstrated and played more resonators in my life than most people. My favorite memory was when BB King was playing a gig in our town and he dropped by our shop since he knew the owner from many years ago. He´s pretty much prone to using Gibson, as any King fan knows. It was a real treat seeing him come in and play a few notes on a variety of different guitars.
As with most guitars, the strings that come standard are never that great so I would recommend you replace them, especially if you´re a newbie or not used to heavy strings. I generally prefer Elixir strings. After a few hours of play it will really begin to open up and provide very good harmonics. Intonation was also very good all the way up the neck, although I´ve had some customers complain that theirs wouldn´t intonate properly at first, regardless of whether it was open tuning, slide or picking.
The action seemed fine, its low enough for finger style but also high enough for sliding. Although, it might be a little bit high for some players – something that is very easy to adjust. The sound it produces is particularly loud, considering that we´ve played it in store with a bass and drum combination and it was perfectly audible without being plugged into an amp. If you plan on playing some gritty blues tones, use a glass slide. The resonator on this model performs just as well as those on other guitars that cost 3 times more, and has absolutely no “buzzing” noises that you often find on Resonators.
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