Homemade Lap Steel

Discussion in 'Worship Service Players' started by JuneauMike, Aug 10, 2016.

  1. Smokin OP

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    Very nice, Mike. Have fun with this!
     
  2. JuneauMike

    JuneauMike Friend of Leo's

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    No, I never did. I had to sorta rough out the shape by studying the picture. If you can overlay a grid on a photo and then take some measurements of known components (pickups? or just go cavemen and measure nut to bridge of a known scale length. But it seems to me smaller measurements would be most useful) that might get you closer than what I got. My snakehead headstock is too short. If I did another one, I'd correct that.

    There's a guy in the DIY forum who built a snakehead tele. I'd steal his dimensions for that.
     
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    Nice guitar, Mike.
    Modern worship music needs more lap, pedal steel, mandolin and etc, to add musical "color" to the songs. I bought and play a 8 string lap steel .. folks love the tone it bring to songs, old and new.
     
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    Yeah, I agree. It feels silly trying to do a way huge arena song when you are in a small sanctuary of maybe 100 people or less. I learned to play lap steel, mandolin and a little bit of banjo and they've been great instruments to create a more intimate feel on a lot of songs. But they are seasoning, not entrees so a little bit goes a long way and overdoing it kinda kills the whole thing.
     
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    Robert Randolph might differ with your spice vs entree analogy

     
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    True... but RR grew up in the Sacred Steel guitar church movement. No Hammond B3's but a lot of lap / pedal steel guitars tuned to E7. Which I love,too.
     
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