2012 Phillips Parlor German Silver/German Silver
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Nothing sends shivers up your spine like a slide guitar in an open minor tuning. Similarly, nothing quite captures the kind of contentment that comes from playing old Blues numbers on your porch after a long day’s work like a metal resonator guitar in your lap. In this 2012 small-bodied Parlor from R.E. Phillips, you get both.Phillips has done a number on us this time: with a small but deep-bodied Parlor built from German Silver and his own resonator cone, Phillips has created a metal-bodied resonator guitar that is just as rich, dynamic, and elegant as its wooden-bodied brethren. For starters, German Silver has a clean, expressive tone, not warm like brass, not bright like steel. If German Silver were a wood, it would be a Rosewood for how much richer its voice is than other metals. The smaller body is amazingly easy to play, and the setup is excellent for slide or regular fingering. We tried out a number of different tunings on this Parlor, but we kept coming back to DADFAD and Open G–something about the elegant coolness of the German Silver turns the spooky factor up to eleven on minor tunings.Phillips’ Art Deco sympathies are evident in the design aesthetic of the F Holes and the diamond-over-mesh motif, which further help set it apart from other resonator guitars, while not being outlandish or inaccessibly appointed. It’s a classier resonator than you’re used to, but it can growl and scream with the best of them.
I held onto this one for almost two months; I didn't want to put it on the site!The absolute clarity of Phillips' Parlor builds always astounds me, and I'm a huge fan of the German Silver's haunting sustain.
|Scale Length||24.625 in|
|Nut Width||1.75 in|
|String Spacing||2.31 in|
|Woods||Silver - German, Silver - German|
Nothing sends shivers up your spine like a slide guitar in an open minor tuning. Similarly, nothing quite captures the kind of contentment that comes from playing old Blues numbers on your porch after a long day's work like a metal resonator guitar in your lap