The quest for loud guitars came long before Les Paul, Leo Fender, and a host of other innovators developed workable electric guitars and amplification. As the relatively quiet and small-bodied guitars of the 19th century left the small, genteel parlors of homes for larger public spaces, they needed to become louder to accompany violin, piano, or brass instruments. One exceptional solution was the resonator guitar. Here's a bundle of stories, product reviews, and more. Start with Greg Olwell's excellent overview.