Grandma’s homebrew straight steel

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A coworker’s grandma passed away a few weeks ago and she was selling her old instruments. A lot of workhorse stuff, well worn, as grandma played country out here on the plains for a long time. I was impressed with how earnest it all was, even if it wasn’t under-the-bed nocaster caliber. She was a working musician, evidently, and used what worked.

I bought this straight steel for $50. What say you, TDPRI? I was excited. That’s turquoise metal flake paint on a piece or worked particle board, with a melamine fretboard print. The dots are hand drawn and the whole thing is a mystery. My stable is filled with quirky, weird junk that sounds great. This is no exception.

What’s the deal with the pickup? Zero experience with DeArmonds here.
 

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dukewellington

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Pickup alone is worth the $$.
I’m part of FB group , lap steel lunatics.
There’s a lot of knowledge on that page to help give you some info on it.
Right on. I’ve got four lap steels so probably qualify… I’ll join up.

See if my $5 membership on the Steel Guitar Forum is still good, too.

From what she told me, the guitar body is homemade and the whole was cobbled together from parts of a few different guitars. Makes me wonder what instrument got robbed of its DeArmond back in the day?
 




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