resonator guitar

noun

plural resonator guitars
: an acoustic guitar that features a metal resonator which amplifies and modifies the tone
The resonator guitar was the first attempt to amplify a guitar in a pre-electronics era and it became the choice instrument for the traveling Bluesmen in the '30s and '40s because of its volume and rugged metal body.Music Trades
Historically, resonator guitars—which produce sound through spun metal cones as opposed to through the sounding board—have been mostly built using sheet metal or brass.Brian D'Ambrosio

called also resophonic guitar

Examples of resonator guitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The single showcases invigorating Latin rock rhythms paired with a Fender electric and a resonator guitar, creating a unique electric-twangy sound that clashes brilliantly with dynamic drumming. Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 22 May 2024 Higgins oversaw the demo, with a resonator guitar delivering the rolling effect while a kick drum kept the pace moving by hitting every beat once the first chorus came in. Tom Roland, Billboard, 8 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1929, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of resonator guitar was in 1929

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“Resonator guitar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resonator%20guitar. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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