The list of players who use Tim Scheerhorn’s guitars is pretty much a who’s who of resonator and slide guitarists. Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Mike Auldridge, Sally VanMeter, Ben Harper, Phil Leadbetter, and Jimmy Stewart all rely on guitars built by Tim Scheerhorn. Made by an independent luthier with such an esteemed reputation, authentic Scheerhorns don't come cheap.
For a short time (~2009-2013), Tim Scheerhorn licensed the Wechter company to build some of his designs in Asia, and these affordable resonators blow the rest of the import market out of the water. While these were made in China for the most, they were set up in Wechter's USA shop. There's a reason why the Wechter Scheerhorns have come to be known as the "frugalhorn." It's hard to imagine a better resonator instrument for a better price.
This circa-2011 Wechter Scheerhorn 6510-F is a great-sounding, well-made square neck dobro. It features a double-bound Mahogany body with F-Holes and a dark natural finish. The resonator design is classic Tim Scheerhorn: spun aluminum cone, cast spider bridge with hard maple inserts, and fan design coverplate. It has a 25" scale and a pickup under the hood, too. Its sound is robust and cutting with great definition, particularly in the lower register. It is more than capable of pushing a bluegrass band, but it's also quick to provide that classic "hound dog guitar" sound.
This 2011c. Wechter Scheerhorn 6510-F Square Neck Dobro is in excellent condition with no history of damages, repairs, or issues. As expected, it shows some minor playwear, but nothing severe (see photos). All-in-all, it's a great-sounding dobro that would be a substantial "next step" instrument for a beginner. But for many of us, it will easily satisfy the dobro slot in any collection. Hardshell case included.