Dobro is a registered trademark now owned by Gibson Guitar Corporation and used for a particular design of resonator guitar.
The name has a long and involved history, interwoven with that of the resonator guitar. Originally coined by the Dopyera brothers when they formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company, in time it came, in common language, to mean any resonator guitar, or specifically one with a single inverted resonator. This particular design was introduced by the Dopyeras' new company, in competition to the already patented tricone and biscuit designs owned and produced by the National String Instrument Corporation.
The Dobro brand later also appeared on other instruments, notably electric lap-steel guitars and solid-body electric guitars and on other resonator instruments such as Safari resonator mandolins.
When Gibson acquired the trademark in 1994, the company announced that it would defend its right to Dobro's exclusive use.
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... acoustic guitarists in the pre-electric-guitar days of the 1920s, was searching for a way to make his instrument cut through an orchestra ... He first conceived of a guitar fitted with a phonograph-like amplifying horn, and approached inventor and violin-maker John Dopyera to create a prototype which proved to be, by all ... experiments with mounting three conical-shaped aluminum resonators into the body of the guitar beneath the bridge ...
... As of 2006, many makers including Gibson were manufacturing resonator guitars to the original inverted-cone design ... Gibson also manufactures biscuit-style resonator guitars, but reserves the Dobro name for its inverted-cone models ... These "biscuit" guitars are often used for blues and are played vertically instead of horizontally like a "spider" bridge ...
... All three principal types of resonator guitars were invented by the Slovak-American John Dopyera (1893–1988) for the National and Dobro (Dopyera Brothers) companies ... Similar to the flat top guitar in appearance, but with a body that may be made of brass, nickel-silver, or steel as well as wood, the sound of the resonator guitar is produced by one or more aluminum ... The physical principle of the guitar is therefore similar to the loudspeaker ...
... originated in 1928 when the Dopyera brothers formed the Dobro Manufacturing Company ... "Dobro" is both a contraction of "Dopyera brothers" and a word meaning "goodness" in their native Slovak (and also in most Slavic languages) ... An early company motto was "Dobro means good in any language" ...
... Beograde, Dobro Jutro (English Belgrade, Good Morning) - Studio B Dobro jutro! (English Good Morning!) - RTV Pink Dobro jutro, Vojvodino (English Good Morning, Vojvodina) - RTV 1 Dobro jutro, Srbijo! (English Good ...
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