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If you’ve never played a Dobro or resonator guitar before, you may have no idea what a tone bar is.  A tone bar, also called Dobro steel, looks like half of a metal tube.  It’s usually held in the left hand and used to play the Dobro by pressing it against the strings.  The reason for this is due to the way a resonator guitar is made.  The strings on Dobros are up and away from the fretboard, not held down against it like on a traditional guitar.  By pressing the tone bar against the strings in different places, the player can create different pitches.

Why use a tone bar?  Well, you don’t have to—you can use pretty much anything to play your resonator guitar or lap steel guitar.  However, a tone bar is created especially for this task.  A steel tone bar makes the strings resonate longer, which creates a very distinctive sound.

Tone bars are fairly inexpensive.  You can find one for $25 or $30.  Some have different cutaway designs or weigh a bit more, which changes the sound you get.  A few brand names include Shubb-Pearse, Dunlop, and Stevens.

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Dunlop 920 Tonebar Slide for Lap or Pedal Steel Dobro Resonator Guitar Tone Bar
Dunlop 920 Tonebar Slide for Lap or Pedal Steel Dobro Resonator Guitar Tone Bar $12.00
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STEVENS STEEL SLIDE LAP DOBRO HAWAIIAN PEDAL GUITAR TONE BAR NEW
STEVENS STEEL SLIDE LAP DOBRO HAWAIIAN PEDAL GUITAR TONE BAR NEW $12.95
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New Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Dobro Hawian Guitar Parts
New Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Dobro Hawian Guitar Parts $4.99
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NEW Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain
NEW Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain $24.39
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GuitarTechs SOLID BRASS 3 PHONOGRAPHED TONE BAR Slide Steel Guitar Dobro
GuitarTechs SOLID BRASS 3 PHONOGRAPHED TONE BAR Slide Steel Guitar Dobro $14.00
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Slide Dobro Tone Bar for Electric Guitar Stringed Instruments Portable
Slide Dobro Tone Bar for Electric Guitar Stringed Instruments Portable $14.59
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Slide Dobro Tone Bar for Electric Guitar Stringed Instruments Portable
Slide Dobro Tone Bar for Electric Guitar Stringed Instruments Portable $14.70
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Dunlop 925 Ergo Tonebar Slide for Lap or Pedal Steel Dobro Resonator Guitar Bar
Dunlop 925 Ergo Tonebar Slide for Lap or Pedal Steel Dobro Resonator Guitar Bar $12.00
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Shubb SP2 Pearse Lap Pedal Steel Guitar Dobro Tone Bar Double Cutaway Capo SP 2
Shubb SP2 Pearse Lap Pedal Steel Guitar Dobro Tone Bar Double Cutaway Capo SP 2 $26.50
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Steel Bar for Weissenborn Lap Steel Guitar TONEBARSLIDELAPSTEELBEDIAZDOBRO
Steel Bar for Weissenborn Lap Steel Guitar TONEBARSLIDELAPSTEELBEDIAZDOBRO $29.61
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Dunlop 920 Tone Bar for Pedal Steel and Dobro
Dunlop 920 Tone Bar for Pedal Steel and Dobro $30.29
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NEW VIPER F600 LAPSTEEL DOBRO RESONATOR SLIDE TONE BAR
NEW VIPER F600 LAPSTEEL DOBRO RESONATOR SLIDE TONE BAR $18.95
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2X Chrome Steel Cylinder Guitar Slide Dobro Hawaiian Guitar Tone Bar 70mm
2X Chrome Steel Cylinder Guitar Slide Dobro Hawaiian Guitar Tone Bar 70mm $8.44
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NEW Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain
NEW Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain $25.95
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Vintage Shubb Pearse SP1 Tonebar Slide Lap or Pedal Steel Dobro Resonator Guitar
Vintage Shubb Pearse SP1 Tonebar Slide Lap or Pedal Steel Dobro Resonator Guitar $15.37 (5 Bids)
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Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Dobro Hawian Guitar Parts
Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Dobro Hawian Guitar Parts $5.08
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NEW Dunlop 920 Round Nose Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain
NEW Dunlop 920 Round Nose Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain $25.95
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1930s 1940s Tonebar Slide For Lapsteel Pedal Steel Oahu USA Made Dobro Vintage
1930s 1940s Tonebar Slide For Lapsteel Pedal Steel Oahu USA Made Dobro Vintage $49.55
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Vintage Stevens APM Tone Bar Slide Lapsteel Guitar Dobro Pedalsteel Patina
Vintage Stevens APM Tone Bar Slide Lapsteel Guitar Dobro Pedalsteel Patina $28.99
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Stainless Steel Tone Guitar Slide Bar for Pedal Steel Dobro Hawian Guitar
Stainless Steel Tone Guitar Slide Bar for Pedal Steel Dobro Hawian Guitar $5.67
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DUNLOP TONE BAR 925 535 OZ 5 8 x 2 7 8 STEEL DOBRO
DUNLOP TONE BAR 925 535 OZ 5 8 x 2 7 8 STEEL DOBRO $29.79
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SHUBB PEARSE SP3 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN
SHUBB PEARSE SP3 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN $39.95
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Hardwood and Stainless Steel Dobro Bar Hardwood and Stainless Steel Dobro Bar
List Price: $46.95
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The Shubb GS-1 resophonic steel bar slide has a handle crafted of fine hardwood for optimum comfort and control. The playing surface is machined of stainless steel for maximum durability. Balanced. Designed for clean pull offs...

Jim Dunlop 920 Dun Rndnose Steel 7.5 Oz Jim Dunlop 920 Dun Rndnose Steel 7.5 Oz
List Price: $30.56
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Round nose tonebars for pedal steel, resonator, and Hawaiian guitars. Made of high quality steel for long life. Select the size that's right for you.

Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Hawian Guitar Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Hawian Guitar
Sale Price: $6.94

Description: Round nose tone bar guitar slide for Pedal Steel, Dobro and Hawaiian type guitars Excellent intonation and superior sustain Centerless ground stainless steel to a precise tolerance Perfect for creating the bright metallic tones Designed specifically for Jerry Byrd, Premier Hawaiian Guitar Players Measurement (L x D): Approx...

Jim Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg 5.1-Oz 3/4-Dia Jim Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg 5.1-Oz 3/4-Dia
List Price: $36.76
Sale Price: $20.99

The Dunlop Lap Dawg Tonebar sports lap steel and dobro players an even more accurate, fast, and efficient way to get awesome sounds! The Lap Dawg Tonebar features a larger radius for more sustain and better vibrato than you'd get with a standard tonebar, while its angled sides allow for more control over fast runs, hammer-ons, and pull-offs...

Pedal Slide / Tone Bar for Lap Steel and Resinator style guitars Pedal Slide / Tone Bar for Lap Steel and Resinator style guitars
List Price: $197.99
Sale Price: $159.99

Introducing the Pedal Slide by Axtremity. For Lap Steel, Resinator, Pedal Steel and Slide Guitar Players. Introduced for the 1st time at Winter NAMM 2015 in Anaheim, CA. Every now and then, a new invention comes along and revolutionizes the musical instrument world...

Professional Handhold Slide Tone Bar for Six-string Electric Guitar High Quality Professional Handhold Slide Tone Bar for Six-string Electric Guitar High Quality
Sale Price: $17.19

Specifications: Material: steel Width: 22 mm Length: 76 mm Package Contents: 1 x Slide bar

Shubb C6B Dobro Capo Shubb C6B Dobro Capo
List Price: $46.95
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Shubb C6B Dobro Capo

2x Chrome Steel Cylinder Guitar Slide Dobro Hawaiian Guitar Tone Bar 70mm & 60mm 2x Chrome Steel Cylinder Guitar Slide Dobro Hawaiian Guitar Tone Bar 70mm & 60mm
Sale Price: $33.00

Specifications: Features: High quality stainless steel guitar slides ofer superior sustain. Bright resonant tone, excellent intonation. High quality 2mm thick walls, won't chip, flake, or rust. Inside diameter 20...

GUITAR SLIDE chrome steel bottleneck - short length GUITAR SLIDE chrome steel bottleneck - short length
Sale Price: $7.99

f you are looking for a slide that will cut through the mix and has plenty of musical bite, chrome steel is an excellent choice. Chrome steel slides are most popular for rock, metal and blues styles on electric guitar...

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December 22nd, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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