Duesenberg Multibender question

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  1. garethfoxwlliam

    garethfoxwlliam TDPRI Member

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    I have been researching the Duesenberg Multibender to put on a Lap Steel guitar. I can't seem to find any schematics on the web at all for dimensions etc.
    Can anyone who has fitted one point me to any diagrams please?
    In particular, does it need any routing or does it have a flat bottom?

    Thanks - Gareth
     
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  2. getbent

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    here is the one I think I'm getting next

    not classic good looks, but it seems like it is actually a pretty good instrument. I have a couple of cheapo lap steels and after I finished working on them etc... I realized I had almost as much money as this would have cost.... and you can play standing up if you want...
     
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    Got this from a YouTube link:

    I'd be really interested in hearing your thoughts if you get one fixed.

    :) Peter
     
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    It is flat on the bottom, no routings required. I will take some measurements on mine, and then post them here for you, give me a few minutes!
     
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    OK, here we go!

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    You can see in the pic that on a Strat it is mounted with the 6 screws that would hold the Strat tremolo, and a metal block that goes into the trem cavity; however, that block is removable, so on a Tele, a lap steel, or any other flat-top guitar you mount it directly, there are 6 screw holes on the baseplate, 4 underneath the string saddles, and 2 near the back edge of the Multibender unit.
    It is completely flat on the underside.
    Forgot to show in the picture: the maximum string height above the surface of the body (= the max. height you can raise the individual saddles up to) is about 11 to 12mm).
     
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    RomanS Poster Extraordinaire

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    Never mind, mod Tim already moved the info over here! :D
     
  7. garethfoxwlliam

    garethfoxwlliam TDPRI Member

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    Hey thanks chaps - that's absolutely splendid and really helpful!
    I'm ordering mine tomorrow.
    Still trying to decide on which lap steel to buy, but I'll keep you posted.
    Gareth
     
  8. Tom Pettingill

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    I've not run across any dimensioned detailed drawings, but I have one here for an upcoming project that I can measure for you.
    For starters, The Duesenburg is a fairly compact unit and needs no routing. In fact, if your action is too tall, it might benefit from a spacer / shim underneath. The basic measurements are 82 mm long and 74 mm wide. With the saddles flush to the plate, without any height adjustment, your looking at about 10.3 mm.

    I've got some pics at this Photobucket link to another steel I recently built with the multibender that you might find helpful. http://s302.photobucket.com/albums/nn87/tompettingill/
     
  9. Tim Armstrong

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    That's kind of reminiscent of the old Melobar...

    Tim
     
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    Holly thread merging Batman :) ... was wondering where it went, but looks like Roman has you all set!
     
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    Hey Mate, The Multibender has a 'Final' 1st string notch depth of around .470 over the Body top, being elevated approx. 1/16" by the height screw adjusters. And, yes, it IS flat-bottomed. A little late to reply, but, there ya go! Gb g
     
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    Question for fellow Duesenburg multi-bender users. Has anyone had issues with the springs? Mine seem to be to weak to return the string to it's original pitch. Thanks.
     
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