pedal steel hardware?

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Dimitree, Mar 28, 2020.

  1. Dimitree

    Dimitree TDPRI Member

    May 30, 2019
    can anyone have some recommendation about pedal steel hardware? Specially the bridge with the levers..
    I'd like to build one (of course just buying one is not fun), like a Sho-Bud, 10 strings I think.
    I really love Daniel Lanois sound/technique, and a pedal steel is essential for that sound
  2. dazzaman

    dazzaman Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 12, 2011
    Gent, Belgium and Lancaster, England.
    Your best bet is the Steel Guitar Builders group on Facebook. Or else the group if you do not do Facebook. You will have to look around and get the lay of the land.
    However, it is not like making electric guitars where there are plenty of suppliers of various parts. Although pickups are available there is no one, to my knowledge, making changers, endplates or pedals. It might be that some companies will sell you parts, but they won't come in cheap.
    There are a number of European makers, and they would probably be your best starting point.
    If you are handy with 3D drawing it might be an idea to draw your own parts and get them made for you, but for the instrument to work really well your tolerances need to be very high.
    There are also some "instruction books" (usually CD-ROMS) available. It you are handy with metalwork it might be possible to do some pretty heavy reading and get one of these books. However, be warned that the books tend to have rather unconventional techniques.
    What is sadly lacking is a really good technical drawing to get all the information from and decide your best move from there.
    Good luck with it!
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  3. slauson slim

    slauson slim Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    By The Levee
    Search “How to build a pedal steel guitar”.

    Also Steel Guitar Forum, as above, is a good place with helpful friendly folks.

    Good luck.
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