FRETS.COM Illustrated Glossary

A "tone projector"
© Frank Ford, 10/8/98 Photos by FF

In the fretted instrument world, a resonator is one of two things:

The "back" of a banjo, designed to project the sound forward:

The resonator amplifies the sound and gives the banjo a "full" tone.

The vibrating diaphragm of a
"resophonic" guitar:

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