The Dobrato is designed and hand-assembled by Kent Viles at Dobrato Resophonic Guitars in Gunnison, Colorado.
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
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead / Dead and Company)
Tom Petty & Mike Campbell
of the Heartbreakers
Jimmy Buffett (Owns Two)
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Mike Gordon (Phish)
Mac McAnally (Jimmy Buffett)
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.
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.
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.
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.