Warm, Rich Tone - Big Bang For The Buck
Great value, and nice all around guitar. The guitar has a sound and personality all it's own, and a wide tonal vocabulary. Playing close to the neck yields a surprisingly warm and rich tone, which gets more bluesy and twangy as you move back over the resonator. Even over the resonator, its not quite as bright and twangy as some of the other guitars I've played - but I actually like that more mellow sound a lot.. It's also not as loud as some of other resonators I've played, but it is more than sufficient.
The action is really set up to be an all around guitar - strumming, fingerpicking, flatpicking... all play and sound just fine on this, and yet it still works pretty well with a bar or slide. The action is a bit on the low side for slide work, but still very playable.
the materials, look, and construction have a rustic, utilitarian, "meat and potatoes" feel. it is not slick or polished, but it is solid and beautiful. It does feel like i'm playing on an old handbuilt guitar from the 30's... The "boxcar" name seems fitting, as does the "roots" collection it belongs to.
all in all, a great value that I would recommend. If you want a big smile on your face, mic it up with a tube mic into a fat transformer based preamp, add some tape saturation, dial in a subtle delay, and then drench with a plate reverb. ahhh..... beautiful!!!