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Lap Steel/Slide Guitar

A place to discuss lap steel/slide guitar and other incarnations of the instrument ala pedal steel guitar and non-pedal steel guitar. Feel free to discuss building, learning, playing, tunings, maintainance, of new and vintage instruments.

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Lap Guitar Tunings 14 Replies

I'm fairly new to the various tunings one can use for playing slide guitar.  I'm also new to the concept of more than 6-strings!  Bearing that in mind I just received a Fender Stringmaster D8 which…Continue

Started by John Gundrum. Last reply by fred davis Mar 17, 2012.

What Model Gibson Lap Steel Is This? 8 Replies

Can anyone identify for sure what model and/or year the below Gibson lap steel guitar is?Edward: Does the Gibson Steel Guitar book show this?Thanks!JohnContinue

Tags: steel, guitar, lap, gibson, model

Started by John Gundrum. Last reply by John Gundrum Sep 4, 2010.

Wood type for lap steel 1 Reply

I'm thinking of building my next lap steel from some old joists I have.  They are 100 years old or more.  I'm pretty certain they are pine but I have to double check.  The size of the joists are…Continue

Tags: pine, wood, growth, old, lap

Started by John Gundrum. Last reply by Edward Sparks Aug 9, 2010.

Don't Fret Lap Steel

Here's a really impressive looking lap steel!  Reminds me of one of those wood slab coffee tables.  Only someone hollowed it out and slapped some strings on it!  These are really cool looking…Continue

Tags: unique, steel, lap, fret, don't

Started by John Gundrum Aug 8, 2010.

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Comment by John Gundrum on April 5, 2010 at 12:59pm
I think I found a page that will address any tuning and any number of strings! Just look for the note you want to tune to and it gives a range of gauges to use and a preferred gauge. This is wall poster material!

String Gauges for Steel Guitar
Comment by Edward Sparks on April 5, 2010 at 5:29am
Could someone give me the string gauge selection for open "D" tuning...I found a chart that has a bunch but not that one.
I understand that open"D" tuning will require a little heavier gauge than open "E". Thanks, Edward
Comment by Edward Sparks on April 5, 2010 at 5:21am
Wow John, what a great page! Thanks, Edward
Comment by John Gundrum on April 4, 2010 at 4:29pm
Edward: That book is exactly the book I currently have sitting in my cart on Amazon. Not sure when I'll pull the trigger. I did download a one page electric lap steel guitar drawing PDF from bluestemstrings.com. The site has some really good info and a some really good pictures of one being built.
Comment by Edward Sparks on April 4, 2010 at 1:28pm
This book looks great too! I have seen it but in my hand, just online...I'll check it out. I am really into acoustic lap steel now too though I have never played one...Thanks, Edward Now that it's getting a little warmer and nicer outside here I plan to get my lapsteel done soon! There is an excellent lapsteel building book for beginners that got me started called "Building Your Own Lapsteel"

Here is the website:
http://buildyourguitar.com/resources/lapsteel/
Comment by John Gundrum on April 4, 2010 at 8:14am
I haven't read that book as of yet. I have my eye on this book called "Lap Steel Guitar". It has some really good reviews

The Gibson book looks as interesting.

I've never guilt a guitar and have been planning to build a lap steel or console style. Your build looks like its coming along nicely. I really like the cat silhouette on the headstock.

There are plenty of sites out there supporting builds of these type instruments. I'll get a discussion started to list some of the resources I've found.
Comment by Edward Sparks on April 3, 2010 at 5:21pm
Anyone read this book yet? I bought it as soon as it came out and it is fascinating! Check it out!

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 3, 2010 at 5:12pm
One more recent picture of the headstock before and after sanding down the salt inlays...

Comment by Edward Sparks on April 3, 2010 at 4:54pm
I am so excited about this new group! I am have been building a lap steel from scratch as a side project now for a few years and it is almost finished...THEN I have to learn to play it. For a while I was looking for anyone who listed a lap steel in their arsenal instruments and asking them what tuning a beginner should start with, considering my goal sound is like the slide guitar on Neil Young's Harvest album! I believe that was a pedal steel, which I know is a totally different animal, but I just want that sound...and I really love Jackson Browne's sideman/partner, slide player David Lindley.
Anyway, most people told me that open "D" or open "E" would be a good a starting point, since the positions are so close to that of a regularly tuned guitar, which I am very familiar with.
Here is a recent pic of my lapsteel in progress...


Thanks again, Edward
 

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