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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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VINTAGE CHILD SIZE BULLET TONE BAR FOR LAPSTEEL DOBRO STEEL GUITAR 2 5 8 LONG
VINTAGE CHILD SIZE BULLET TONE BAR FOR LAPSTEEL DOBRO STEEL GUITAR 2 5 8 LONG $4.95 (1 Bid)
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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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DUNLOP 925 ERGO TONE BAR DOBRO LAP STAINLESS STEEL 535oz GUITAR SLIDE NEW
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GuitarTechs SOLID BRASS PHONOGRAPHED TONE BAR Slide Lap Steel Dobro
GuitarTechs SOLID BRASS PHONOGRAPHED TONE BAR Slide Lap Steel Dobro $14.00
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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 $25.95
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Stevens Tonebar Slide Dobro Lapsteel Pedalsteel USA APM Co Era SEE PICS
Stevens Tonebar Slide Dobro Lapsteel Pedalsteel USA APM Co Era SEE PICS $25.95
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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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VINTAGE 1930S 40S TONE BAR SLIDE FOR LAPSTEEL DOBRO MEASURES 3
VINTAGE 1930S 40S TONE BAR SLIDE FOR LAPSTEEL DOBRO MEASURES 3 $9.95
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SHUBB PEARSE SP1 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN
SHUBB PEARSE SP1 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN $27.89
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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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DUNLOP TONE BAR 920 750oz 7 8 x 3 1 4 STEEL DOBRO
DUNLOP TONE BAR 920 750oz 7 8 x 3 1 4 STEEL DOBRO $24.79
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Stevens AP M Tone Bar Dobro Lapsteel Slide
Stevens AP  M Tone Bar Dobro Lapsteel Slide $34.99
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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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DUNLOP TONE BAR 919 45 OZ 3 4 x 2 3 4 STEEL DOBRO
DUNLOP TONE BAR 919 45 OZ 3 4 x 2 3 4 STEEL DOBRO $19.95
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VINTAGE 1930S 40S TONE BAR SLIDE FOR LAPSTEEL DOBRO MEASURES 3
VINTAGE 1930S 40S TONE BAR SLIDE FOR LAPSTEEL DOBRO MEASURES 3 $9.95
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DUNLOP LAP DAWG TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR SLIDE 926 NEW
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SHUBB PEARSE SP3 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN
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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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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 $55.55
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Vintage Dunlop USA Tone Bar Slide Dobro Lapsteel PedalSteel Guitar Pink Logo
Vintage Dunlop USA Tone Bar Slide Dobro Lapsteel PedalSteel Guitar Pink Logo $27.99
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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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Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Hawian Guitar Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Hawian Guitar
Sale Price: $5.73

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...

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...

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...

Jim Dunlop 920 Dun Rndnose Steel 7.5 Oz Jim Dunlop 920 Dun Rndnose Steel 7.5 Oz
List Price: $30.56
Sale Price: $15.39

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.

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