“You know, it’s the coolest-looking instrument that ever was made!”
It should come as no surprise that Jerry Douglas is speaking about the Dobro and the various other resonator-equipped guitars in orbit around the Dopyera brothers’ creation. As probably the world’s most famous dobroist – and certainly the most recorded – he knows a thing or two about the guitar with the hubcap in the middle.
Jerry Douglas has been playing Dobros since he was eight years old, so he also knew what he wanted before committing to an instrument with his name on it. It is a D-style Dobro with a wooden body and square neck. And it is a beautiful thing to behold, and to play.
This particular model is rather nicer than your typical average Dobro – this one is more like a custom shop instrument. The guitar is all solid mahogany in gloss finish and is extremely well built. The wood grain and colour are gorgeous, the fit and finish is excellent.
It has two pickup systems available to mix & match – the onboard under-bridge unit installed at the factory, and an added Fender Lace Sensor fitted at the base of the neck.
The guitar is in exceptional condition having been brought to life and set up by respected Sydney guitar tech Steve Cocking. There are few light marks here and there, but hardly noticeable. There is some tarnishing on the cone plate from where your arm rests, but apart from that, this JD Dobro is in fine order.
And it sounds as good as it looks, with a lovely woody tone impossible to achieve on full metal bodied instruments. It has a thick bottom end, and a powerful midrange with lots of articulation. Just a pleasure to play.
Comes with its original Dobro embossed case in excellent condition.