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The Dobrato
Resophonic Guitar

UNIQUE B-BENDER
VIBRATO SYSTEM

ACOUSTIC / ELECTRIC

Grammy Winning Design

 

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Dobrato Brass Body Sound

The Dobrato is designed and hand-assembled by Kent Viles at Dobrato Resophonic Guitars in Gunnison, Colorado.

I’m happy to introduce my latest model from Dobrato Resophonic Guitars! Model KV953B. The body is Bell Brass, great tone with excellent low end and rich full Bass! I incorporate my unique B Bender / Vibrato system and Piezo electronics. This model sounds incredible. I’ll be producing a video demo soon.

Finely Crafted

Assembled by Kent Viles, Dobrato Resophonic Guitars.

Rich Tone

The Dobrato has a beautiful, full-bodied, reverberate voice, combining the classic sound of a resophonic guitar with the B Bender / Vibrato tonal variations. In this unique build, the Dobrato retains its natural deep and rich acoustic tone when amplified.

Pros Playing the Dobrato

Jason Isbell Plays the Dobrato

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Grammy Winner

Mike Campbell Plays the Dobrato

Mike Campbell

Tom Petty
and the Heartbreakers

Tom Petty & Mike Campbell
of the Heartbreakers

Jimmy Buffett (Owns Two)

Jason Isbell

David Hidalgo (Los Lobos)

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Mike Gordon (Phish)

Mac McAnally (Jimmy Buffett)

Grammy Winning Guitar Design

Tony Furtado

Brendan Benson

Michael Martin Murphey

and many more…

How Does the Dobrato Produce Its Unique Sound?

Model Number: Kv953 *Patent Pending

The World’s First Acoustic/Electric, round neck Resophonic Guitar with our unique B Bender / Vibrato System built into the vibrato arm. Allows the B string to be pulled to C# using the Vibrato arm pulled, very simply, sideways.

Dobrato General Info

Hand Assembled

Every Dobrato Resophonic Guitar is hand assembled by Kent Viles. All are signed and dated on my internal label.

Dobrato Specs

Quality Materials

I incorporate high-quality bell brass for the body, Padauk fretboards, hand spun 9 1/2″ aluminum cones, ebony on maple saddles.  All frets are leveled, polished, and fret ends rounded and smoothed taking care to produce close, comfortable action.  Our unique B Bender / Vibrato’s are hand fabricated and I install the PRO-RES-BIS Biscuit pickup by Fishman.  I use perfected resophonic guitar construction techniques paying special attention to setup and playability.

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Listen to the Sound

I spent 5 years building prototype body shapes to achieve our signature rich tone.  The sounds you create are limited only by your imagination. The Dobrato is a unique new “voice” for blues, country, fingerstyle, bluegrass, pedal steel effects, and jazz.

Dobrato Details

This is my original design, hand assembled at Dobrato Resophonic Guitars in Gunnison Co.  Unique Resophonic, custom B Bender-Vibrato system, Acoustic / Electric, voiced fuller and deeper than most Reso’s.  Explore pedal steel runs, add vibrato, create your own voicings!  Some Dobrato performers include Jason Isbell (used on and received a Grammy for “If We Were Vampires”)  Mike Campbell, Jimmy Buffett, Tom Petty, David Hidalgo, Mac McAnally, Billy Gibbons, many, many more.  Includes fitted Boulder Alpine Bag.  The Dobrato is a joy to play, I focus on very playable setups. Please call with any questions about the design.
Kent Viles, 970-641-2747.

How Does the Dobrato Play?

It is tuned and played like any guitar. All resophonic guitars have a fairly distinct tone, The sound is generated by an aluminum cone under the cover plate. Most are fairly metallic in tone, however, I spent a number of years building prototypes to get a richer, deeper tone from the instrument.
It sounds beautiful and suits many styles of music.

Kent

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    Dobrato Resophonic Guitars
    243 N. Main Street
    Gunnison, CO 81230

    (970) 641-2747

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    Here are some tips on care and maintenance of the Dobrato . I’m referring specifically to the brass bodies however most of this applies to the previous would body models as well.

    For cleaning, damp then dry clean rag on the body works best. Guitar polish to the back of the neck and either almond or lemon oil on the fretboard works fine. I also recommend "Big Bends Nut Sauce" for the nut slots when changing strings, keeps the slots smooth which results in better tuning when using the vibrato and bender. The actual finish on the body is very thin. By design, I wanted them to show wear and patina with normal play wear. I think it adds to the aesthetic of the instrument. If you want to avoid the natural wear marks that develop, just wipe it down after use. Your body chemicals really dictate how much wear shows but by wiping down, you can at least stave off some of the wear.

    Beyond that, due to the Bell Brass construction, the Dobrato's are very resilient, not nearly as delicate as a standard wood build. Changes in humidity and heat levels have little to no effect on the instrument. They do have a standard neck so from time to time the neck will need a small adjustment like any guitar but overall, pretty bomb proof.

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