Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com Reiland Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com Reilander Pickups
Asher Guitars WD Music Products Amplified Parts Mod Kits DIY Nordstarnd Pickups Warmoth.com Reilander Pickups
Join TDPRI Today

"Honey Let Me Introduce You To My Red Neck Friend"

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by fretman_2, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    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.




    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Rich Rice

    Rich Rice Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    7,168
    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2005
    Location:
    Chicago 'Burbs
    Like this one lot!
     
  3. RogerC

    RogerC Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,953
    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2011
    Location:
    Oklamerica
    That's great! Just my kind of build ;)
     
  4. Forum Sponsor Sponsored posting

  5. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    7,585
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    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 :grin:
     
  6. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    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.


     
  7. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    Thanks Rich and Roger!!!!
     
  8. Picton

    Picton Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    41
    Posts:
    2,256
    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Location:
    Reading, Massachusetts
    Cool. But I can't help but think it'd be easier to play if you hadn't fastened that weathervane to the headstock. :)
     
  9. Tim Armstrong

    Tim Armstrong Super Moderator Staff Member

    Age:
    57
    Posts:
    19,342
    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2003
    Location:
    Austin, Texas
  10. crazydave911

    crazydave911 Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
    56
    Posts:
    7,585
    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2010
    Location:
    East Tennessee
    I have a similar issue as well ;)

    Yeh, I kinda sucked on this myself :rolleyes:
     
  11. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    4,177
    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2012
    Location:
    Kelowna B.C, Canada
    I'm assuming this is for slide, so those dot markers are sick!
     
  12. whodatpat

    whodatpat Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,274
    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2007
    Location:
    College Park MD
    I think it looks cool as hell. But, doesn't that weather vain get in the way?
     
  13. kwerk

    kwerk Poster Extraordinaire

    Posts:
    5,043
    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2010
    Location:
    New Zealand
    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. :mrgreen:

    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.
     
  14. Engraver-60

    Engraver-60 Friend of Leo's

    Age:
    64
    Posts:
    2,923
    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Location:
    Franklin, TN
    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.

    rick-lap.jpg
     
  15. Tom Pettingill

    Tom Pettingill Tele-Holic

    Posts:
    667
    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2010
    Location:
    California
    Great Job! ... I like it a lot! :cool:
     
  16. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    OK...I promise to do that on the next build...LOL.

     
  17. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    Yea Bentley...slide (tone bar) only.
     
  18. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    I have to be careful talking about wind at my house...especially after a couple of bowls of chili!

     
  19. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    Thanks so much man!

     
  20. fretman_2

    fretman_2 Friend of Leo's

    Posts:
    2,276
    Joined:
    May 9, 2011
    Location:
    Mobile, AL
    Thanks Tom...that means a lot...your lap steels are works of art!!

     
  21. thumbpick

    thumbpick Tele-Afflicted

    Posts:
    1,336
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Location:
    somewhereville
    good job..bin thinkin of building one..are they all the same scale?
     
IMPORTANT: Treat everyone here with respect, no matter how difficult!
No sex, drug, political, religion or hate discussion permitted here.


Share This Page