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What are reso-glass guitars, how do they sound, and why are rockers bringing them back?

What are reso-glass guitars, how do they sound, and why are rockers bringing them back?

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.