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Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Blue Bill, Feb 9, 2021.
I gotta run to band practice, I'll try to respond to everyone else asap. Thanks again!
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.
Mmm... You'll want a pre-war or wartime Rick pickup, like this one:
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:
However, in the case of those two above, you can't have mine.
By the way, go visit the Steel Guitar Forum. A fellow over there sells Fender Champ kits that look great, HERE.
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.
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.
I don't think there is any wrong pickup you can use in a lap steel. Players skill determines everything.
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.
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.
Kent Armstrong Hot rails on my Morrell Pro 6 string lap steel is great!
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. 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?
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?:
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
Sorry FK, GAS is contagious, and a mask won't help. Koa would be sweet. Here's a pair of speakers i built, using koa frames and veneer:
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.
Same model, yes.
as others have mentioned, you may want to check with the steel guitar forum. this is the lap steel sub forum.
here are mine. asher, gibson and national.
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.
Yes, my camera is borderline potato.
Thanks muscmp, nice collection! Someone did mention the sg forum, that will be a nice resource.
I like the National:
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.
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
I like these....
If you're looking for something to fit a Tele cavity, something hot-vintage would work- a good Broadcaster type would be my choice.
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.