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You don't eat it, you hear it
© Frank Ford, 9/6/98 Photos by FF

The classic blues guitar is the National resophonic instrument developed around 1930. These instruments are powered by an aluminum cone surmounted by a wooden bridge over which the strings pass to deliver their vibration to the cone.

Here's the cone:

That black wooden disc on top is called the "biscuit," and the assembly is often called "biscuit cone." The bridge is the vertical piece in the middle of the biscuit.

A few people (probably Oreo eaters) call it a "cookie."

From the outside, the biscuit can be seen by looking under the palm rest in the middle of the cover plate:

It's a little dark under there, but you get the idea.

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