Updated Dobro Resonator Guitar
played this beautiful resonator guitar during a 2014 photoshoot in
London with Mark Seliger. The headstock reveals the guitar as a Dobro brand instrument. Gibson
guitars has owned the Dobro trademark since 1994. Kieran F.
compares this guitar to a 1929 Model 65 French Scroll, seen here on Reverb.com.
Apache Dynamite Resophonic Guitar
During the 2012 Arts
In Context: Bill Carter And The Blame special (see the JD
Johnny is showing this guitar to Bill Carter. The guitar
maker is Kurt Schoen. The
guitar is made from an old dynamite box from the Apache Powder Co. in
Curtiss, AZ. See a sketch of the design of the guitar and
several close-up photos showing details at the Official
Schoen Guitar Website. Details include a Colt .45
bullet and turquoise inlays, buffalo hide binding, and antique skeleton
Two YouTubes that are no longer available contained
- "Phil Lynch
on Apache Dynamite
resonator guitar by Kurt Schoen. Guitar recently made for Johnny Depp,
Phil gave her a test run to check out action, tone, etc. Thanks Phil!"
- "Phil Lynch
plays impromptu on
test out pre delivery on Johnny Depp's new guitar. 24" scale Schoen
Turbo resonator, buffalo bound Apache Dynamite body with turquoise
inlays. Thanks Phil!"
In another YouTube,
Kurt Schoen discuss some other guitars at a 2011 product showcase,
describing how many of their guitars feature leather bindings and
steamer trunk keys as tuning pegs.
may be National Duolian or Triolian Resonator Guitars.
one guitar forum were referring to a triolian. These dobro-type
resonator guitars were made from 1930-1938. Johnny plays two
guitars in the motion picture, Chocolat,
and is seen playing one during a 2009 François-Marie Banier
photoshoot and a 2013 Peter Mountain photoshoot. There is
also one visible in the background in a 2010
interview Johnny did with Entertainment Tonight for The Tourist. See a full feature
documentary telling the story about National Resonator Guitars in this
(Thanks to Gareth).
National Guitar Page
Duolian Resonator - Vintage Guitars Info
Triolian guitar - Elderly Instruments
(row 1: Chocolat screen
caps and stills featuring first resonator guitar)
(row 2: 2009
Banier photoshoot; 2010 Entertainment Tonight interview;
2013 Mountain photoshoot. Possibly the same guitar as in row 1)
(row 3: Chocolat screen
caps and stills featuring a second guitar)
is another resonator guitar, seen in the 2003 Mark Seliger photoshoot.
It looks to my untrained eye somewhat like a Recording King
Style O Resonator guitar.
King Style-O Resonator Guitar on Elderly Instruments
(row 1: cigar box guitar
with lighter finish seen in July (Paris) and August (Nice) of
(row 2: cigar
box guitar with darker finish seen in 2010 Entertainment Tonight
interview; striated finish in 2010 Peter Mountain photoshoot)
(row 3: another guitar with darker finish and extra holes seen in Paris
in November of 2011; at SXSW in 2012, both Johnny and Marcus Mumford
strum a double neck model; Johnny jams on cigfiddle with Paul McCartney
on a bass cigfiddle and Wally Pfister on guitar in McCartney's Making
My Valentine featurette, 2012)
(row 4: a Baratto cigfiddle being played by Johnny during a 2014 Mark Seliger photoshoot for Details magazine. See Details: Johnny Depp In London by Mark Seliger on YouTube.)
For photos and info about Johnny's other guitars and miscellaneous
instruments, please return to the Guitars page!