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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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2 used Stevens tone bars for Dobro or lap steel guitar
2 used Stevens tone bars for Dobro or lap steel guitar $12.50
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STEVENS STEEL SLIDE LAP DOBRO HAWAIIAN PEDAL GUITAR TONE BAR NEW
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2X Chrome Steel Cylinder Guitar Slide Dobro Hawaiian Guitar Tone Bar 70mm
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NEW Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain
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Vintage Stevens APM Co Tone Bar Steel Slide Dobro Resonator Guitar Lap Steel
Vintage Stevens APM Co Tone Bar Steel Slide Dobro Resonator Guitar Lap Steel $13.90
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New Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Dobro Hawian Guitar Parts
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NEW VIPER F600 LAPSTEEL DOBRO RESONATOR SLIDE TONE BAR
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Steel Bar for Weissenborn Lap Steel Guitar TONEBARSLIDELAPSTEELBEDIAZDOBRO
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SHUBB PEARSE SP1 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN
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Tonebar Slide Dobro Lapsteel Pedalsteel Guitar
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Dunlop Lap Dawg Tone Bar for Lap Steel and Dobro 926D
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GuitarTechs SOLID BRASS 3 PHONOGRAPHED TONE BAR Slide Steel Guitar Dobro
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Stevens APM Slide Tone Bar Dobro Lap Steel Pedal Steel Hawaiian Vintage
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NEW Dunlop 920 Round Nose Tonebar Dobro Steel Slide Added Sustain
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STEVENS STEEL SLIDE LAP DOBRO HAWAIIAN PEDAL GUITAR TONE BAR NIckel Model 345
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DUNLOP TONE BAR 919 45 OZ 3 4 x 2 3 4 STEEL DOBRO
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SHUBB GS1 TONE BAR SLIDE W HARDWOOD HANDLE FOR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN
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Stevens APM Slide Tone Bar Dobro Lap Steel Pedal Steel Hawaiian Vintage
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DUNLOP TONE BAR 920 750oz 7 8 x 3 1 4 STEEL DOBRO
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1930s 1940s Tonebar Slide For Lapsteel Pedal Steel Oahu USA Made Dobro Vintage
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Stevens Vintage APM Co Tone Bar Steel Slide Bar For Guitar Dobro Free Ship
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DUNLOP TONE BAR 925 535 OZ 5 8 x 2 7 8 STEEL DOBRO
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Vintage Dunlop USA Tone Bar Slide Dobro Lapsteel PedalSteel Guitar Pink Logo
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Vintage Stevens APM Tone Bar Slide Lapsteel Guitar Dobro Pedalsteel Patina
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SHUBB PEARSE SP3 TONE BAR DOBRO STEEL GUITAR HAWAIIAN
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Jim Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg 5.1-Oz 3/4-Dia Jim Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg 5.1-Oz 3/4-Dia
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The Dunlop Lap Dawg Tonebar sports pedal 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...

Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Hawian Guitar Solid Stainless Steel Tone Bar Guitar Slide for Hawian Guitar
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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
Sale Price: $32.23

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
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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.

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...

Dunlop 918 Stainless Steel Tone Bar, 5.5 oz Dunlop 918 Stainless Steel Tone Bar, 5.5 oz
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Round nose tonebars for Pedal Steel, Dobro and Hawaiian type guitars. Made of high quality steel for long life. Select the size perfect for you. Designed specifically for Jerry Byrd, Premier Hawaiian Guitar Player...

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December 22nd, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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