My New (Old) Lap Steel

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  1. MilwMark

    MilwMark Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I had one too many amp heads and a couple extra pedals. I "needed" another lap steel (can't get by with just one, right ...?) and have been on the lookout for some time.

    And I finally found one. A Silvertone Artist from the early 50s. Sounds great to me. Good sustain, warm with some bite. Pots work and no scratchiness. Good "ergonomics" for me. I loved it immediately and didn't bother to research other than confirm the asking price was more than fair.

    Rehearsal Monday. Can't wait. Here she is:

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    love it - is it C6?
     
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    Thanks! Is that a tuning? I'm self-taught. So I just learned by tuning the steel to an open E chord and never looked back. That's probably cringe-worthy but there you have it. BTW, her brother is shown in my Avatar. An old Gibson (not sure the model). They'll make a great pair though.
     
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    Lovely. Does it have the Valco pickup?
     
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    It's got the original. Not sure the make.
     
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    Do the strings pass through it? :)
     
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    Yes. It's like a metal bridge, passing over but also under the strings.
     
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    -something like this? :)
     
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    Yes. But silver/nickel finish. I like how the pickup sounds, and RESPONDS. No idea what it is, if they are reliable, if most people think they are terrible, etc. Happy to learn though.
     
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    Very cool score! I bet it sound great. Congrats!

    By the way - I have an old Gibson lap steel that looks a lot like the one in your avatar.
     
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    Thanks John Owen. I love the Gibson - the pickup is amazing. The frets are a bit farther apart on the Silvertone (I think). So maybe the scale length is longer? Bit easier for me to intonate maybe. Maybe a hair more sustain - though the Gibson is no slouch in that department, to be sure.
     
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    These guitars were made by Valco, so if yours has the original pickup, you are Fully Equipped, tone-wise! :cool: Great for Blues, Country and whatever else you may have in mind. As used by Ry Cooder- the basis of the original Coodercaster. No reliability concerns and admired by all but the hard of hearing.
     
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    Just got back from rehearsal. WOAH. Supple. Dynamic. Loud as I needed and quiet as I wanted, all with a twist of a knob or even finger dynamics. The sustain is incredible. She's a keeper for sure.
     
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    I've got a 50's Harmony Lap steel with the Gibson P-13 Pickup. I picked it up at a garage sale for $25.00 in the 80's.

    I've done a lot of recording with it over the years. I'll have to take some picture and post. Platefire
     
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    Yes. I've got two of them, a National Chicagoan in grey white and black, and a Bronson Singing Steel in powder blue and white with gold hardware. I think of them as Elvis and Marilyn.:)
     
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    C6 is a tuning, yeah. I Love lap steel- get some recordings! There's got to be more lap players in the world.


    C6 is kinda the country tuning but beware you should get some special strings for it- the tuning is CEGACE, and it can be tight unless you get some special strngs for that tuning.


    Right now I tune my lap steel in D or D7 (my version of D7 is to lower the 1st string- (the "high"-e string) to a C. This lets me get major chords by playing across 2n-6th strings, and then a 7th by barring 2-3 strings on the treble end.

    my version of a D7:
    DADF#AC
     
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