Pro Tip for anyone with a Gold Tone Dobro:
The standard “Open Soundwell” (the light plywood ring inside the body) usually only has one elongated opening at the top, with a ring of smaller holes around the bottom and sides of the basket. This improved design has elongated openings on the corners as well, and it allows for a less-restricted utilization of the air chamber. In this configuration, the basket roughly mirrors the 6-soundpost configuration found on open-bodied resonators, giving it better attack, sustain, and bass response for a more modern, growly tone.
I’ve closed the neck gap, and the cone assembly has since been put back in place. Now all that I need are some screenless disks for the sound holes, which also help to enhance bass response and give it more of a modern tone over the screened disks.
—Wings & Strings