Acoustic Guitar Review: Republic Guitars

Ask Frank Helsley, Jr. to describe the moment his father, Frank Helsley, Sr., conceived of Republic Guitars, and his goal of providing “a quality guitar that’s not going to break the bank for your everyman,” and the sandy-haired Texan doesn’t miss a beat. “My dad saw that there was this gap between a $400 piece of junk and a $2,500 guitar that the working musician might not necessarily be able to afford,” he offers, during my visit to the company’s shop.

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robert Johnson says:

Down to the crossroads indeed! Anyone know the name of the tune David plays on the “Model 88”? That cool little finger pick number? And maybe the tuning?? I gots to learns that one!

Water Horse says:

0:00 – Model 371
1:40 – Model 88
5:40 – Model 505
8:10 – Model 223
12:05 – Model 7110

Aaron Lightstone says:

the tricone at 9:00ish has a surprisingly wood like tone over youtube, was it that similar to a wood guitar in the room?

I have a National and a Republic Hwy 61. Both are great guitars.

Jeff H says:

Great playing David !! very inspiring , I absolutely love my highway 61 , my plan is to buy a second republic , at this point not sure which model . I’ve got four resonators right now , a Dean that I added a Lace pickup to , a second Dean in the vintage copper finish and a Fender FR 48 , the Republic is hands down the best sounding and build quality of the four.

WysteriaGuitar says:

Are you using a stomp box David? If so, which one please?

zenwolfpup says:

Good Stuff! Bravo!

thestcroixkid says:

Ry ‘d be proud…

SpeedWitch says:

Makes me so happy that reviewers for your magazine can play so well. Please pass this business model along to Guitar World.

bloozer666 says:

Amazing playing!!

Mr. Awesome says:

That was amazing

Mark Shotter says:

What’s the song David plays on the 88? Would love to learn! Thanks

Patrick McGee says:

I didn’t see this model on the website 371?

Jamie Schultz says:

Born to play.  Thanks for all of the jazz/blues licks, and lessons too.

William R Hall says:

That sounded great and you make it look so easy. Wow.

bossanovaboy says:

Great guitars, great playing too!

Lucio Peligro says:

Best review of each model I’ve seen. Most folks talk to much and don’t know how to play. Best playing on a review by far!

Chris Ginn says:

Nice playing, more of a demo than review though.

llamov says:

David Hamburger, you rock man. I’ve enjoyed your videos for years.

hemiheader says:

Oh man, great playing!

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