The Stowe R-Body Square Neck # 150
As a senior statesman in the reso-community, his thoughts on design are taken seriously by players and builders alike. Over 20 years in the making, Stowe describes our collaboration as working “with an eye to the past, and an ear to the future".
What we have done here is to incorporate Ferrell’s design of a unique baffling system inside our resophonic guitar design, and moved some braces and sound posts around a bit to accommodate these baffles. The result is pretty astounding! Even though this guitar is the classic R-Body size and shape, it can overpower many large body resophonic guitars out there, even some that we have built!
Using Ferrell’s circa 1930’s Model 27 Dobro as sort of a visual guide when designing this model we did our best to match the sunburst on his guitar, and all of the other specs were pretty much in place.
Western red cedar top
Book-matched east Indian rosewood back and sides
Walnut for the neck
Fretboard and headstock overlay are also east Indian rosewood
The top of the body and fretboard are bound in ivoroid celluloid
Gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Mother-of-pearl fretboard dots and ‘The Stowe’ engraved name-block on the fretboard
Alloy cast aluminum RLR spider
U.S. made Replogle cone
Aged Maple bridge insert
Since Ferrell has his own Black Diamond Strings, we string each and every ‘The Stowe’ with a set of Black Diamond Ferrell Stowe Resonator Signature Set strings