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M.J. Franks Resonator Guitar  From Franks

Round Neck Reso with a spider cone and bridge. 100 year old Sinker Honduran!


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M. J. Franks Guitars

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What We Think

This is my favorite Reso. Best I've ever played. As a passionate slide and finger-style player, I've always been seduced by resophonic guitars. The history and timbre is just so cool. That haunting metallic sound reminds me of an America I wish I was old enough to know.

That said, I could never justify the loss in "woodiness" that I'd grown accustomed to playing small-bodied wooden flat-tops. Just used to it I guess. This guitar is a whole different story.

First off, it's about 3 times louder than any reso I can ever remember hearing. It has a focused honk that could scare the end-pin out of an addy-topped dread from across the room.

It's not all "metal" and "honk", though. It's rich, woody, and complex too. It's almost like two guitars being played simultaneously. An acoustic guitar played acoustically, while at the same time, broadcasting blues through a primitive metal speaker. It's a dream stereo setup in an instrument that rests comfortably in your lap.

It plays like a dream. Setup the way it is now, you can easily fret or slide on it by simply changing the tuning (or not, if you're one of those people who can play slide in standard...that's always felt like playing "don't step in the lava" to me)

This is old "sinker" wood, so it's beautiful, responsive, and resonant.

What else can I say?


Mr. Franks had a goal and he knocked it COMPLETELY out of the park...it's still going.


M.J. Franks Resonator Guitar Demo

Resident SoundPure acoustic guitar expert Robinson Earle demos an M.J. Franks Resonator Guitar.  This resonator, like all other resonators, definitely has a metallic punch to it.  But, on top of that metallic punch, there is a bright, rich woody sound.  It is extremely pleasing to the ears.  This guitar is great for finger and slide style players.   Gear: M.J. Franks Resonator Guitar Neumann TLM107 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic Sebatron Axis 200VU Mic Preamp Lynx Aurora 16 Converter   Have any questions? Want to try this model for yourself? Call us at (919) 682-5552 or send us an email at amps@soundpure.com.

Manufacturer's Description from Franks

My goal in designing this guitar was to create an instrument with the blended voice of a resonator and the sweet, rich fullness of an acoustic. Play it with a slide, pick or fingerstyle, you will be amazed with its versatility. The top, arched back and sides are constructed of solid tonewoods. The optional Fishman Active Resophonic Pickup installation includes a flush-mounted, external battery access.

M. J. Franks Guitars

About Manufacturer

Mike Franks passion for building traditional style acoustic guitars is a natural progression of his life-long love of fine woodworking. He has spent most of his life relentlessly perfecting his skills as a craftsman. Past endeavors have included professional antiques restoration, woodcarving, furniture building and the restoration of classic cars and boats. An avid pilot, Mike constructed his first full-sized airplane almost entirely of wood.

Mike fell in love with Bluegrass Music at an early age and scoured flea markets and second hand stores in his native Ohio for repairable or restorable fiddles, guitars and mandolins. After repairing and refurbishing the instruments, Mike sold or gave them to his musician friends. In later years after building his first guitar, Mike spent time apprenticing with a Master Luthier and Inlay Artist and began building guitars professionally. Mike continues to consult and spend time with other accomplished Luthiers acquiring and perfecting his skills.

An engineer by trade, Mike constructs his instruments with the belief that fine, repeatable acoustics have everything to do with solid design, choice materials and exacting construction. That is not to say that appearances are not important. To say that Mike is anal regarding the fit and finish of his instruments is an understatement. His selection of materials is as painstaking as his building style. Old-Growth Brazilian Rosewood and Master Grade Adirondack Spruce are favorites as well as Mahogany, Spruce and Koa. Mike builds about 10 steel strings and an occasional Resonator guitar per year. A majority of his customers are professional musicians.

Mike lives in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his wife Debbie and 2 teenage children. He is an instrument rated pilot and enjoys flying, bluegrass music, the Michigan outdoors and time spent with his family.


Style- 12 fret round neck resophonic
Scale Length - 25.4”
Neck Profile - Oval
Max Body Depth - 4”
Fingerboard Width @ Nut - 1.750”
Fingerboard Radius - 16”
Fingerboard Width @ 12th fret - 2.187”

Recommended Strings - Medium Steel or Resophonic Steel 

Hard TKL case included