Shaftesbury resonator guitar

Posted by Roger Clarke on Wed, 12/31/03 - 05:12:17.

I have a Shaftesbury resonator guitar I bought at an auction a couple of years ago. It is Japanese made copy of a Brazilian Del Vecchio Dinamico, very pretty wood-bodied with round cane vents. It's in working conditon & is now my favourite guitar.
Questions: Does anyone have or know of a simiar instrument? When were they made (1970s, I guess). Are they rare? Any further info on this guitar would be very welcome.

Roger Clarke

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Shaftesbury Resonator

Hi, I had one of these for a while. Bought around 1975/76, in Brighton, Sussex, UK, I think. A nice, pleasant looking and feeling guitar. But way too quiet for a reso. Eventually sold it late 1970s and bought a National O Style: a different beast entirely! Good luck, though. Interesting little guitars from Japan, I'm sure.

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

:I have one that a mate has asked me to sell on e bay. Does anyone know what they are worth now? It,s in very good condition

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

: I have a Shaftesbury resonator guitar I bought at an auction a couple of years ago. It is Japanese made copy of a Brazilian Del Vecchio Dinamico, very pretty wood-bodied with round cane vents. It's in working conditon & is now my favourite guitar.
: Questions: Does anyone have or know of a simiar instrument? When were they made (1970s, I guess). Are they rare? Any further info on this guitar would be very welcome.

: Roger Clarke

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

I have Shaftesbury del vecchio, the smaller model which is a 14 fret job. I bought it in 1972 for £40 in Kingston, London, and have never seen another. I play mine sometimes, but have largely migrated to an Amistar syle 'O'. The Shaftesbury has a very light, delicate sound - more C&W than blues.

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

: : I have a Shaftesbury resonator guitar I bought at an auction a couple of years ago. It is Japanese made copy of a Brazilian Del Vecchio Dinamico, very pretty wood-bodied with round cane vents. It's in working conditon & is now my favourite guitar.
: : Questions: Does anyone have or know of a simiar instrument? When were they made (1970s, I guess). Are they rare? Any further info on this guitar would be very welcome.

: : Roger Clarke

I have one that I bought in Birmingham in 1973 for £60. Mine is a dreadnaught size, but I remember they had a smaller model in the shop at the same time. A friend of mine saw one in the window of a guitar shop in Denmark Streeet a few years ago with a price tag of c. £500 on it.

I would be intrested in any more info.

Phil Ruff

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

im trying to find out the same thing with a Shaftesbury replica of a rickerbaker, if any one can help.

and to your question i dont know realy when it was made but i know the made them from the 1960's up until the early 80's on eBay i seen a Shaftesbury guitar going for about £350.

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

I have a Shaftsbury resonator as well. I bought it in a pawn shop in Paris in 1979. I have no info on it. I just never wanted to sell it!

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

I bought mine in Fremantle, Western Australia, for about AD$400.00. in the late 80's no case and this is the first time I've found anyone else with one. There seems to be very little information about them.Mine is a 12 fret to body which makes it a little awkward for slide style, but it certainly seems a robust creature. I also have a Dobro,a Sigma, and a Johnson and love 'em all [these are all 14 fret to body models].
Wet Fishes
Dick

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

: I bought mine in Fremantle, Western Australia, for about AD$400.00. in the late 80's no case and this is the first time I've found anyone else with one. There seems to be very little information about them.Mine is a 12 fret to body which makes it a little awkward for slide style, but it certainly seems a robust creature. I also have a Dobro,a Sigma, and a Johnson and love 'em all [these are all 14 fret to body models].
: Wet Fishes
: Dick

Hey Dick
was googling and came across your post. I have a resonator that is missing the headstock. I am not able to find any info on it as I do not have the original name off the headstock. With the guitar came a Sigma pamphlet. What is distinctive about the guitar is the pattern of a thunderbird/pea**** on the coverplate. This guitar has a single coil pickup and a V & T control, bisquit bridge.From your original post I am assuming you have a Sigma brand resonator also. I know this is a long shot. Any help would be appreciated. By the way, I have installed a no name "matching" meck from a destroyed square neck accoustic.
cheers
Gerry

Re: Shaftesbury resonator guitar

I'm trying to restore one atm,need to find photo's.Real hard finding anything on t'net bout said Guitars

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