A resonator guitar or resophonic guitar is an acoustic guitar that produces sound by conducting string vibrations through the bridge to one or more spun metal cones. Resonator guitars were originally designed to be louder than regular acoustic guitars to perform against horns and percussion instruments in dance orchestras. They became prized for their distinctive tone and established a foothold with bluegrass and in slide blues music. They now have found popularity with a new generation of players searching for a distinctive sound and tone not found in regular acoustic instruments. They are also guaranteed to look very impressive in your guitar collection!