Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for stringed musical instruments, specifically guitars and banjos.

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  • proper n. A type of acoustic guitar with a metal resonator set into its body.

Etymologies

Contracted from Dopyera brothers, the inventors. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "All Day Long" and "Let Me Down Easy" are melodic country-soul, the latter reminiscent of Gregg Allman's better solo work, and "Bad Day of Fishin '" recalls the Dobro-laced country-blues of Merle Haggard's Jimmie Rodgers tribute.

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  • It was originally made by the Dopyera Brothers, who later on made the Dobro, which is a wood-bodied instrument with a metal cone for -- where the sound comes from.

    David Holt plays mountain music

  • And the Africans who gave folks the banjos to play along with the fiddles, and the Polynesian Hawaiians who taught the Africans to play their guitars with a slide, after Portuguese sailors left guitars behind in the Sandwich Islands, and then the Africans taught more Anglos to play something called the Dobro using a slide, the Dobro having been invented by a couple of brothers from Slovakia.

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  • "Dobro" means "good", and it may be the only word you need to know when you meet these wonderful people.

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  • ( "Dobro" is the trademarked name of one brand of resonator guitar marketed by Gibson, but the word is used as commonly and generically in everyday speech as "Kleenex.")

    Jerry Douglas, Irreplaceable Instrumentalist

  • A Dobro is a bluegrass instrument, inlaid in the sound box with a metal resonator and played flat with a bar like a steel guitar, and you don’t see many of them outside the southern mountains.

    The Lost Get-Back Boogie

  • Other instrumentalist award winners were Rob Ickes with his twelfth award for Dobro Player of the Year, and The Grascals 'Kristin Scott Benson for her third consecutive honor for Banjo Player of the Year.

    International Bluegrass Association Hands Out Annual Awards

  • "I look across the stage and there's Jerry Douglas playing Dobro on a song we wrote," Mr. Goodwin said recently at a doughnut shop in Hell's Kitchen.

    Harmonious Times for Good Old War

  • Ricky, play the nylons like Willie, play the Dobro, the Taylor.

    Oh, Cardinal Directions!

  • The album nevertheless ends on a winning note, with a bluegrass-y remake of Evans's 2001 smash "Born to Fly," featuring Jerry Douglas on Dobro, that proves that Evans is still in touch with her hard-country roots.

    Album review: Sara Evans, "Stronger"

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