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Old January 21st, 2013, 03:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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That Jackson Browne tune with David Lindley on lap steel made me want to build this thing. This is my relic lap steel...22.5" scale with a left over Strat pup, angle aluminum for nut and bridge, and #4 round head screws as position markers. I wanted it to look somewhat like it's been at a flea market, or come out of someone's attic. I used Radio Shack etchant to patina the hardware. It worked great with the exception of the chrome knobs...gotta use something else for those. Anyway...here are some pics. It sounds wonderful...I can't play it properly, but it sounds wonderful.















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Old January 21st, 2013, 03:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Like this one lot!
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Old January 21st, 2013, 03:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's great! Just my kind of build
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Good job Bill, I like your bridge . I noticed how you had it strung, do you have it in open E? If you get to wanting to play around with tunings and want strings tailored to them, check out juststrings.com. They're great folks and can sell you hard to find string sets for very reasonable prices . How does the strat pup sound?
Sorry about all the questions, well done
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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yea Dave...open E. The Strat pup sounds very good to my ears...very full...not shrill at all. The short scale length probably has a lot to do with that. Plenty of drive to get a little amp break up too. I used 250K pots.

The bridge is similar to the LPJR wrap around bridge...but uses a half wooden dowel for the 'around' part.

No problem with the questions...glad your asking!!

The main issue, after attempting to do volume swells, is that I have the volume and tone knobs too close together. I'll also put the pup closer to the end of the fretboard next time too. Will also make some slight mods to the head stock shape to get the lower and upper E strings more inline with the tuners. The rest of the build works great ergonomically...but I really have very little knowledge of these beast.


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Good job Bill, I like your bridge . I noticed how you had it strung, do you have it in open E? If you get to wanting to play around with tunings and want strings tailored to them, check out juststrings.com. They're great folks and can sell you hard to find string sets for very reasonable prices . How does the strat pup sound?
Sorry about all the questions, well done
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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Cool. But I can't help but think it'd be easier to play if you hadn't fastened that weathervane to the headstock.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 06:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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The main issue, after attempting to do volume swells, is that I have the volume and tone knobs too close together
I have a similar issue as well

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Yeh, I kinda sucked on this myself
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm assuming this is for slide, so those dot markers are sick!
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I think it looks cool as hell. But, doesn't that weather vain get in the way?
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:34 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I think it could be useful if you play with people playing wind instruments, they'll know which direction to land.

seriously though, nice job. I like the way the knobs look different in different lights too.

As far as the fret marker question, yup, slide is how a lap steel is played. It's why frets are optional, most just use lines as done here.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Love it - reminds me of when a neighbor let me use his late 40's Rickenbacker lap steel for about 2 months (when Running on Empty was on the charts). Big old horseshoe magnet pickup. Well done.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 08:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Great Job! ... I like it a lot!
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:24 PM   #15 (permalink)
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OK...I promise to do that on the next build...LOL.

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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:24 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Yea Bentley...slide (tone bar) only.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:26 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I have to be careful talking about wind at my house...especially after a couple of bowls of chili!

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I think it could be useful if you play with people playing wind instruments, they'll know which direction to land.

seriously though, nice job. I like the way the knobs look different in different lights too.

As far as the fret marker question, yup, slide is how a lap steel is played. It's why frets are optional, most just use lines as done here.
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:27 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Old January 21st, 2013, 10:28 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Thanks Tom...that means a lot...your lap steels are works of art!!

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good job..bin thinkin of building one..are they all the same scale?
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