8 String With "Tele" Pups ... Lap Steel Style

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Tom Pettingill, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Tom Pettingill

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    This is a fun one, an 8 string lap steel with some custom Tele style pickups. Being that 8 string Tele pickups would be a rare item, if existing at all, I built a set of bobbins and sent them off to my buddy at BG-Pups to wind them up. Just as rare is a cover for the neck, so I took a couple raw nickel 6 string covers and made one. There is no easy way to get a invisible butt to butt joint so I decided to embrace the seam and fancy it up just a little.

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    Cool project, keep us posted on how it devellops. :D
     
  3. Tom Pettingill

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    Most definitely and actually it is in finish right now. Got some more pics sized down and ready to go.

    This is a new body design for me thats been nicknamed the Junkyard Dog. Body is chambered swamp ash, crotch feathered black walnut top, birdseye maple fretboard / head plate and black walnut neck.

    Here are some in progress pics along the way.

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    Your lap steels always blow be away. This is no exception.
     
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    The design reminds me of the Gibson non-reverse Firebird.

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  6. MickM

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    That is so far up the cool scale that it's toppling over the edge! B-B-B-BAAAD
     
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    Very cool solution for the pickup cover. That looks great. Very art-deco.
     
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    Can you make me one?
    Seriously.
     
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    +1, well done. shades of the chrysler building.
     
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    Really cool!
     
  11. Tom Pettingill

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    Thanks all, its been a fun build and great to see it come to life. The body design was something I sketched up a couple years ago and I'm thrilled to finally get a chance to give it form.
    For those that might not know me and my steels, here is a Photobucket page with a few misc pics of some of my other creations. http://s302.photobucket.com/albums/nn87/tompettingill/

    Here is how I did the neck cover. What I did was make a couple wood forms out of some scrap maple, one thicker piece to match to OD of the cover and one to match the ID cut to size and radiused to act as a solid form to work to. After cutting the ends off one cover and shaping the ends, I placed the center section over the large maple form and used my vice to squeeze it together to increase the ID dimension. I then took the second cover and cut sections off the ends to complete the assembly. In order to not have any doubling up of cover thickness over the magnets, the end pieces only cover the end magnet.
    Once all was shaped and fit, I put a big tip on my soldering station and soldered it up followed by cleaning up the extra solder and finished off with some 800 wet / dry to give it a raw / brushed look.

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    Looking good. Please post pics when done.
     
  13. Tom Pettingill

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    Thanks oramac and I definitely will.

    This steel is getting one of my Tru Oil high gloss mirror finishes and its getting close to done.
    Because Tru Oil goes on thin, it takes a lot of coats to build a film and a lot of wet sanding along the way to get / keep everything flat. I find that wet sanding with some 1000 grit and mineral spirits for a lube works much better than steel wool on the big flat areas.

    Here is an example of one of my premium TO finishes.

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    Never seen a 12er.
     
  15. Tom Pettingill

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    Coming down the home stretch on this one. I'm going to give the finish another day to cure, (last coat went on Monday, then buff her out and start putting her together.

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    Top class! Silly me, I wondered what pu you were gonna use in the bridge as the rout looks remotely familiar, buh ah...the chromosome-tele bridge pu...lovely.

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    Thats awesome man. Makes mine look shabbier than it already did.
     
  18. Tom Pettingill

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    Thanks hilleri and Baylon :)

    I'm pleased to say, she is done and I am extremely pleased with how she came out, both in looks, but more importantly her voice.
    Bryan Gunsher at BG-Pups nailed the tones I was shooting for first time and I would not change a thing, dude has talent!. Her voice is is everything I had hoped and imagined, crisp, clear, airy and articulate, sweet and smooth with a sexy bite. With a little gain she pushes the amp and has a killer overdriven tone.

    And a recap of some specs:
    24" scale
    modern 3/8" string spacing
    chambered swamp ash with a feathered black walnut top.
    black walnut neck with birdseye maple fretboard and head cap.
    4 way rotary switching
    matching knobs and pickup rings
    string through set bridge with a phosphor bronze saddle
    Grover Rotomatics

    This one is kind of hard to get captured in pics, but here are a few that didn't come out too bad.

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  19. Tom Pettingill

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    Getting good pics of this one has been a pain, but these don't suck too bad and show the detail a little better.

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    That's an incredible looking guitar! Love that neck pup cover too.
     
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