fueled by reso-rock

There’s nostalgic power found in the distinctive curves and chrome flourishes that swoop around the cars, furniture and electric appliances manufactured in the mid-1950s and early 1960s.

It’s the essence and mystique of mid-century modern design.

During that same era, the world witnessed the proliferation of the electric guitar — representative of the mid-century modern aesthetic —  and the subsequent birth of rock ’n’ roll.

It was an age of stark petroleum innovation, all kinds of products started to be molded and made from a new array of polymers —polystyrene, nylon, polyethylene and other thermoplastics.

With these three key ingredients — rock music, plastic innovation and mid-century modern design — a small handful of companies began producing entry-level guitars made from a resin-reinforced plastic called reso-glass.

These vintage axes are heavily sought after today. So much so, in fact, that contemporary manufacturers have started to produce reso-glass replicas.

Listen to guitarist Eugene Strobe from the band Cosmic Light Shapes riff on a reso and talk about the ways its “plasticky” tone inspires new sounds and songs. 

Watch our pro pluck a couple vintage reso-glass guitars.