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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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Hardwood and Stainless Steel Dobro Bar Hardwood and Stainless Steel Dobro Bar
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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 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...

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.

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...

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