I wanted to let you know about a really great Reso builder I met recently- Byrl Murdock. Trey and I were teaching at Jorma Kaukonen’s camp, Fur Peace Ranch, a few months ago, and one of my students was playing a really great sounding Reso. After the second day of class I was intrigued enough where I asked her if I could play it. She said “sure,” and I was super impressed with the sound of this thing. I told her it was one of the best Dobros I’d ever played and I’d love to meet the builder sometime. Turns out Byrl was going to be at the IBMA Trade Show in Raleigh soon after, and so we made plans to meet there.
He probably had about six guitars that I tried at IBMA, and I thought they were all REALLY good. So he gave me a Curly Maple model to take home and said he would build me one and give it to me in a few months. I’ve been playing the Curly Maple model around the house quite a bit, and really enjoying it. Last week he came down to my house with the new Curly Maple model for me, and I love it! We spent about nine hours trying different bridges, cones, pickups, etc… lots of fun. This guitar is beautiful and sounds amazing! Just what you want in a guitar…
So if any of you are looking for a great hand made Reso, I’d HIGHLY RECOMMEND Byrl Guitars. They sound great, look great, and Byrl is a super good guy to work with. Check them out! -Rob Ickes (Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley)
Very nice people and the best guitars on the planet!! I own 2 of Byrl’s guitars and they are awesome! -Jed Long (Twistville)
Byrl is a great guy to deal with and he builds the best Reso’s I’ve seen or heard. I own one and he’s currently building me a second. I’m pretty sure as soon as he’s finished with that one I’ll get him started on a custom build that we’ve discussed. I’d strongly recommend using him to build your next one. -Michael Williford
Amazing craftsmanship and full, loud, sharp sound. Byrl kept me posted on his progress with plenty of photos, texts and videos - including the very first tones after and during the first stringing. It’s a beauty, and he built it exactly as we had designed. Byrl exceeded all my expectations! -Steve Andrews
Made an amazing guitar for me! Quality and craftsmanship is not even enough to express! -Tommy Lanning (Breakin' Ground)