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So I Started Building A Lapsteel From Pine. And Then Something Happened.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Blazer, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I saw this little drum lying around and all of a sudden inspiration struck.
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    This is what I have so far: four pieces of pine, the fingerboard of a sixties Egmond guitar and a little drum which I plan to use as a resonator, much like a Banjo.

    Has this been done before, a banjo lap steel?
     
  2. BenM

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    I'm going to go out on a limb and say...


    No, that has never been done.
     
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    I'm really excited now, wondering what kind of tone I will get from this monstrosity.

    I'm planning to put Piezo pickups in there.
     
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    Maybe,

     
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    Hmm...
    lapsteels: built for sustain
    banjos: all about attack

    Either they are going to cancel each other out, or you will create a Singularity! :D
     
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    As someone who just recently got into both banjos and lap steels, I must say. . .
    RIGHT ON!
     
  7. Tim Bowen

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    Interesting choice. For whatever kinship your mutt there has with a banjo: active humbuckers are often used in electric banjos, for what it's worth. My Gold Tone EBM-5 has a humbucker and a stacked humbucker. The Deering Crossfire like Bela Fleck played has a pair of EMGs. The Nechville Meteor has an EMG and a balanced piezo.

    As for the lap steel portion of your hybrid beast's personality, I wonder if a piezo might be a bit on the zingy side [?].

    Just speculating. I believe the world will continue turning either way, just potential food for thought if you're waffling at all. Weird and interesting animal you have there.
     
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    Put a hinged back plate and you can add the cigar box to the name
     
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    That would be an awesome sound to have in your arsenal
     
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    image.jpeg I have a six string guitjo made from a snare drum...
     
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    Oh man, do I agree.

    Don't burden this marvel with a piezo.
     
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