Hound Dog Squareneck

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Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by gnease » May 4th, 2009, 7:32 am

Saw an Asian-made Gibson/Dobro Hound Dog Squareneck and was surprised at how the prices have dropped on these -- from $700 or $800 a few years ago, to only a little over $300 now for the laminated "worn" finish. Anyone got the skinny on these? Worth the very low price? Need a resonator upgrade or reinforcing as did older Asian resos?

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by Ricochet » May 4th, 2009, 9:15 am

Can't speak to that one, but about a year ago I bought a Musicians Friend Rogue Spider roundneck for $140 off a "Stupid Deal of the Day." I'm quite impressed with it. Doesn't need any sort of upgrading. Cheap Chinese stuff is getting much better than it used to be.
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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by gnease » May 4th, 2009, 10:01 am

I don't discount Chinese-made, as I work in an industry that has Asian design and manufacturing partners. But the end product is highly dependent upon a firm commitment to quality by the commissioning company (v. good = PRS, Reverend, some Fender lines, while iffy or variable = store house brands, low end Epi), plus coming up the learning curve to a point of acceptability. really wondering if Gibby has gotten the Hound Dog line to that point.

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by Ricochet » May 4th, 2009, 10:10 am

Don't know. They certainly have quality control issues with their American made guitars.
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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by gnease » May 4th, 2009, 5:57 pm

Ricochet wrote:Don't know. They certainly have quality control issues with their American made guitars.
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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by Steinar Gregertsen » May 4th, 2009, 6:19 pm

I'm not familiar with this model, but I would suspect upgrading the cone, saddle and nut would work wonders..

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by kiwiblues » May 11th, 2009, 8:31 pm

I've played a couple in local music stores and they are not to bad despite the negative stuff on the net.
They are well built and have a good dobro sound. The volume is not as good as my Gold Tone but you could also put in a Beard cone to upgrade if you wanted to.

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by gnease » May 12th, 2009, 6:09 am

thanks, guys

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by dogbite » May 12th, 2009, 7:49 am

I love squrenecks. I have a National Model D. awesome guitar.
I have played all thre dobros hanginmg on the wall at GC. Fender is the worse.
Goldtone was a lot better.
the Hounddog was interesting. it had good feel and looks. the sound was lacking. I find that with many non National brands.
the workmanship was good. perhaps an upgraded cone would help.
for the money i guess they all are akll right.
I gotta say that I am spoiled or maybe even snobbish.
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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by gnease » May 12th, 2009, 11:00 am

Nationals also = $$$$$$$$$$$$$, as do "real" Dobros. the Hound Dog line bears a Gibson/Dobro marque ... but for $350, what would I expect? couldn't have much of a resemblance to an actual Dobro, now could it? but I'd heard the quality of Chinese cones has been on the rise, so ...

FWIW, I wouldn't touch a budget Fender reso based on my experience with Fender's low cost banjo line.

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by dogbite » May 12th, 2009, 12:09 pm

gnease, yeah, there is a $$$$$difference. I was hesitant to reply with my post. I qualified it though.

for the money, I prefer Hound dog over the Beard Goldtone. the Goldtones sound weak.

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by kiwiblues » May 12th, 2009, 5:25 pm

Can't agree with that I'm afraid.
:roll: The Gold Tone I own is the solid mahogony cutaway and it has an amazing sound.
Every bit as loud as my National Style O and of course the increased sustain of a spider compared with a biscuit.
If you go on the net you won't find to many negative comments about the Gold Tones.
I'm definitely not a guitar snob after purchasing this instrument which was a third of the price of my National which I also love to bits!!
dogbite wrote:gnease, yeah, there is a $$$$$difference. I was hesitant to reply with my post. I qualified it though.

for the money, I prefer Hound dog over the Beard Goldtone. the Goldtones sound weak.

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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by Steinar Gregertsen » May 12th, 2009, 5:55 pm

kiwiblues wrote:The Gold Tone I own is the solid mahogony cutaway and it has an amazing sound.
Agreed. Except I don't own one anymore.... :oops:
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Re: Hound Dog Squareneck

Post by gnease » May 13th, 2009, 9:18 am

so ... back to the usual sage advice (that I also give to others): go to the store, play, compare.

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