Anybody built a LapSteel?

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  1. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Afflicted

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    I've got a 2x6 and an itch to build a lapsteel, any tips? Think I got enough odd ball parts laying about to wire up a cheap chinese single coil for the pickup.

    better to put all the controls (tone, vol) on the same side or on the far side? Thinking about putting a tele style recessed jack socket on the bottom edge below the bridge.

    help me with this or I'll build a banjo and everybody will be sorry...
     
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    thanks

    i belieive the 2x6 is either pine or tonewood, I have trouble telling them apart..
     
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    Hmm. Tonewood. Wonder what those trees look like in the wild?
     
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    Only 1. They are pretty simple to do.

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    don't know you can identify em by eye, most folks just go in the woods when the wind is blowing and you can hear em vibrate, just look for the ones with perfect pitch (pine has the most pitch, so its probably the best bet) you got to look with your ears, thats why lumberjacks have them hats with earflaps, when the trees get to singin it can drive a body nuts, especially you can't hear your chain saw over the singin.

    excerpts from the ballad of the tonewood forest, by the Red Mountain Loggers, available on YewTube Records...
     
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    I've built a couple dozen over the last few years. This particular design is the one most of my customers seem to prefer. Super compact and could be made much more simply than what I'm doing.

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    is the double neck so you can play the slide parts in stairway to heaven without changin guitars?
     
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    You, sir, are a born storyteller. Keep that lost art alive.
     
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    i like the instrument jack plug location, I was thinkin of doin the same on mine. right pretty and sure a handy size
     
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    This was for the first build challenge that was held years ago. It seemed like a good idea at the time. I never play it and have been thinking about cutting it off.
     
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    put it on ebay/reverb first and see what happens, somebody might be looking for exactly that sort of guitar. I mean they are selling this on ebay for 2300$

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    Yes, but with only one string to keep it simple...

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    This is how you do it, start to finish.
    If only the Internet existed when I was a kid, I'd have played guitar back then.



    This one looks self-built.



    A good interview, may distract you with the Tele, but he tells a story about he scavenged pawn shops for old lap steels to grab the pickups to put in his Teles. So you know you can get a Tele pickup and get your Steel there.



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    smart idea hiding the mag pickup in a paint can so folks can't see how you get your sound.
     
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    I'll toss in my two cents; this is the fourth one I've made and I'm hangin' on to this one. Ignore the bender mechanism and notice a couple of things: Body is a piece of ash from a local supplier and the part that holds the tuners is a separate piece, obviously designed to mimic a pedal steel setup. Bridge and nut are made from stainless steel rod through aluminum blocks. Pickup is a GFS Crunchy PAF with a series/parallel switch. Fretboard design was mocked up using auto pinstriping for the "frets," stars are peel & stick from a craft store and then I photocopied the original and put it under a sheet of 1/4" Plexiglas. Scale length is 22 7/8" (same as an old Supro I used to play.) Other ones I've made are similar in design; made two from padauk and one from hard maple (which I don't recommend mainly 'cause it's so hard to work with.) Finish on this one is a simple three coats of wipe-on poly. Guessing the weight is about 7-8 #.
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    I repurposed this worthless “guitar” into a resonator.
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    I’ve been toying with the idea for awhile. I have everything I need including a Hipshot E, B,G drop D unit.
     
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    I have these two in the works:

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    The first half of the book deals with the one on the left. I tweaked the design though. The author calls for a straight plank, but I glued on mahogany “ears” so it looks more like a guitar.

    I bought this book to help me get started:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/3901314091/?tag=tdpri-20

    @magicfinger: Do you have other questions?

    You can put the control knobs behind the bridge if you want. Tele-style output jack is cool.
     
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