Lap Steel with Benders

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  1. JohnnyCrash

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    So I got me an Eastwood Airline Lap Steel and installed a Duesenberg Multibender on it...

    They almost seem like they were designed for each other!



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    Cool!
    Peter Stroud plays a lot of cool stuff with Sheryl Crow
    on a similarly equipped lap steel.
     
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    Haven’t had much time to play it yet, I’m watching my three month old son, but I got it tuned up (Open E) and the benders tuned in (G# a half step to A; and B a full step to C#).

    Gave it two minutes though a Super Reverb type build.

    Sounds great. Very convincing pedal steel out of a lap steel.
     
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    excellent - please update when you've tried it for a while. I got one of those Duesenberg bridges about 10 years ago just to build one like this... but I got sidetracked and I had forgotten all about it.
     
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    Ok, I admit I had to research the Duesenberg bender bridge.
    I am intrigued by lap steels, interested in building one (or more, as it often goes) and have to admit the combo looks like a great idea.
    Bridges are pricy though!
     
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    Why don't you just put the bender mechanism on the floor and then operate them with a series of pedals and knee levers? Oh wait... Just kidding, that looks super cool, we want video!
     
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    I’m still sorta getting used to it, even though it’s in a six string-friendly tuning.

    Installation was quick and easy for me. Setup took a little bit... the back thumbscrew adjusts lever position (for comfort or taste), while the other thumbscrew adjusts the end of the lever’s play, essentially tuning your lever’s end point’s note (I did a half step on the G# string and a full step on the B).

    Sounds very convincing... and I didn’t even break out my Volume Pedal yet.
     
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    thanks Johnny. I have been watching some youtube videos and getting inspired!
     
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    We had a lap steel player, (now pedal steel), that had hotrodded his guitar with palm pedals. I like it better than his pedal steel.
    This is from a few years ago.
     
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