What kind of pickup works best for a lap steel?

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  1. Blue Bill

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    I gotta run to band practice, I'll try to respond to everyone else asap. Thanks again!
     
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    My CC lap (6 string in C6) gets a lot of play when I'm doing country, Hawaiian, or western swing. Vintage Vibe has great versions for lap steel at just over a buck and they sound damn good to me.
     
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    Mmm... You'll want a pre-war or wartime Rick pickup, like this one:
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    Plug it into a Fender Princeton Reverb and you are D-O-N-E.

    By the way, the Supro/Valco "strings-through" pickup sounds amazingly like a Tele:
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    However, in the case of those two above, you can't have mine. [​IMG]

    By the way, go visit the Steel Guitar Forum. A fellow over there sells Fender Champ kits that look great, HERE.

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    Bob
     
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    I replaced the extremely microphonic pickups on my Goyatone lapsteel with GFS Lil Killer Humbucker Strat blade pickups. I used the 10K version in both positions. Nice fat full sound.
     
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    I have a Supro like this one with the original string thru pickup that looks a lot like the Lollar knock off below.. Also a mid '50's Champ or Champion (has 6 strings, screw in legs and the pickup looks like a bigger tele neck with white plastic cover).
    Everybody is free to disagree but I think I can get pretty much the same sounds out of both of them depending on the amp settings.
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    I don't think there is any wrong pickup you can use in a lap steel. Players skill determines everything.
     
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    Damn you Bill. There are two guitars that I haven't built yet, a carved archtop and a lap steel. I have built a couple of Weissenborns and a tricone and some other odds and ends of slide guitars, but a pure little sit on your lap steel guitar just hasn't come up on chart. Until now.

    I've got a koa coffee table that someone gave me that is just the wrong size for a guitar body (and I don't want a uke) - maybe that would be a use for it. The Weissies are koa, might be a match.......

    Anyway, just thinking and itching a bit - I'll be watching your thread.
     
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    Lots of pickups can sound good for lap steel, but it depends on what sound you’re going for. I love Megan’s sound, but I don’t see a Rick panda in my future. My two main steels are the blue custom one in my avatar, which has a split single pickup (sounds like a single/p90 hybrid with no hum)and a 1964 Supro Jet Airliner with a string through. They both work for me, but they are definitely different. Both give me a full sound that works for the bluesy stuff we play. The Supro has more mids.
     
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    Kent Armstrong Hot rails on my Morrell Pro 6 string lap steel is great!
     
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    Thanks Peegoo, that bridge setup looks awesome. As I said, I'm trying to figure a way to utilize the Tele bridge I already have. Considering your advice, maybe I can modify the bridge, replacing the six saddles with a single bar that spans all six strings, with a height adjustment screw on each end.



    I've seen those removable nuts at Stew-Mac. I guess I would have to install a regular guitar nut for it to sit on top of???


    BS huh? Hmmmmm. :lol: I looked it up, wow that even looks gorgeous, thanks Dan. I have a white pearloid fretboard I was going to use; this would match that, and fit right into the stock Tele bridge. Hmmmm.



    Hi neighbor. Not slanted, hmmmm, the Tele bridge cut out is for sure slanted. I haven't thought about an amp yet. I figure I should first learn how to play the durn thing. Megan Lovells plays an old beat-up Rick on almost every video I've seen. I think I remember her playing a Dobro on one. I'm not trying to copy her, just see if I can get some music out of it. Plus, it seems like a fun project. I was wondering what color and finish to use. Someone on TDPRI recently posted a thread about a gold sparkle finish they did, it looked great. How about a sparkle-burst?

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    Hi Amarillo, sounds like good advice, I don't even know what kind of lap player I may be, if any.

    I am attracted to the idea of a humbucker with a coil tap, thanks for the suggestion. I also am considering the Fender Doubletap.


    Thanks bottlenecker. I do like the idea of a single bar saddle. Is yours like this?:

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    That Vintage Vibe CC looks sweet for $120, thanks cnibb.



    Wow Bob, that's a nice pair. That Rick is just like the one ML plays. That kit looks great; boy that would sure save me some time and money, hmmmm. You guys have two, maybe I need two. GAS anyone?



    Hi Mick, I saw that one while searching around. It sure looks the part.



    True dat. Maybe I should just buy an off the rack one and spend more time learning to play. Hmmmm
     
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    Sorry FK, GAS is contagious, and a mask won't help. :twisted: Koa would be sweet. Here's a pair of speakers i built, using koa frames and veneer:
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    Hi SG, Panda is a good nickname for those! As I've said, I won't know what sound I'm looking for, until I start trying to play. I like those Jet Airliners!



    e - I checked his site; it looks like KA has a bunch of nice pups at good prices. I'll bet the Chaos humbucker would work also, thanks.
     
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    Same model, yes.

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    I have an Artec blade humbucker in mine. It sort of sounds halfway between a single coil and a humbucker. Sort of. ish. There's no hum, and there's plenty of high end bite but it ( thankfully ) lacks the screech the original Strat style ceramic could give. Through an angry Champ, it sounds great.
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    Yes, my camera is borderline potato.
     
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    Thanks muscmp, nice collection! Someone did mention the sg forum, that will be a nice resource.

    I like the National:

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    Thanks VSG. I'll keep my eyes open fot the Artec, or one like it. I like the idea of being able to use the Tele bridge, without needing to cut it. A stacked humbucker, with a center tap may be the way to go, if such a thing exists. That steel of yours has a cool gunslinger vibe, very nice.
     
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    GFS has the Lil Killer Tele blade pickups in three values, I have the vintage 7k in my Tele, the modern 10k in my short scale Esquire and Strat Bass. The 15k I've never had use for. But they fit right in a Tele bridge ;)
     
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    I like these....

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    Supro-tastic. :cool:

    If you're looking for something to fit a Tele cavity, something hot-vintage would work- a good Broadcaster type would be my choice.
     
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    I have one of the mid-50's BR-9's with the P90 in it. Nice and smooth until I get it over halfway, then it screams. I tend to play more overdriven stuff with it, so it's perfect for me.
     
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