Dobro Side Shot

Beginner’s Kit for Dobro Guitar

A while back, an older guitar player friend did something very kind for me:  He gave me a basic beginner’s kit to learn dobro.  No, it wasn’t hugely expensive.  And, yes, he was probably just trying to clear out his old guitar gear. Nevertheless, it was all I needed to start learning basic dobro (AKA “resonator guitar”) technique.

I had long been fascinated by that haunting guitar voice in the back of Alison Krauss songs (i.e. Jerry Douglas).  Or the smoking solos on bluegrass tunes.  Then, a little later, I had been in love with the amazing acoustic tones on T Bone Burnett’s soundtrack for “Crazy Heart”.  Needless to say, this small gift from a friend opened a whole new world of music to me.

So maybe you’re wondering where to get started with the dobro.  Or maybe you want to help out another guitar player like someone did for me.  In either case, hopefully this list is helpful for you.

Thank you, Mitch!

Beginner’s Kit for Dobro Guitar

1.  Regal RD-30MS Studio Series Dobro Resonator Guitar

Beginner's Kit for Dobro Guitar - Regal RD-30MS Studio Series Dobro Resonator Guitar

Price: $264.54
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2.  Jim Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg 5.1-Oz 3/4-Dia

Beginner's Kit for Dobro Guitar - Jim Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg 5.1-Oz 3/4-Dia

Price: $19.99
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3.  Jim Dunlop 33P018 .018 Inch Nickel Silver Finger and Thumbpicks, 5-Pack

Beginner's Kit for Dobro Guitar - Jim Dunlop 33P018 .018 Inch Nickel Silver Finger and Thumbpicks, 5-Pack

Price: $7.49
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4.  Dunlop Shell Plastic Thumb Pick, Large

Beginner's Kit for Dobro Guitar - Dunlop Shell Plastic Thumb Pick, Large

Price: $8.99
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5.  D’Addario EJ42 Resophonic Guitar Strings, 16-56

Beginner's Kit for Dobro Guitar - D'Addario EJ42 Resophonic Guitar Strings, 16-56

Price: $6.99
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6.  Essential Techniques for Dobro DVD, Taught by Rob Ickes

Beginner's Kit for Dobro Guitar - Essential Techniques for Dobro DVD, Taught by Rob Ickes

Price: $36.87
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Total Cost:  $344.87

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