"This has been going on for a while....and it seems to get more and more confusing. Chuck (The Duke of Pearl) has unwittingly been at the forefront of a lot of this and probably knows more about it than anyone I know of. It should be an interesting…"
The Duke of Pearl is asking the luthier community to spread the word about this presentation next June: http://www.banjohangout.org/topic/204379I'm sure it will be of interest to those of us living in the USA, perhaps to others as well.See More
"Luis, thanks for your interest in my guitar, and sorry for the delay in responding, I've been out of town for a while. I posted a response on the main page of "makers" and then had a couple more thoughts.
I chose a lap guitar for my…"
"Luis, sorry for the delay in responding. I chose to put the soundholes in the upper bout for three not-very-scientific reasons:
1. I was impressed by Keola Beamer's Grimes guitar. There seems to be a bit of a tradition in Hawaii of putting the…"
Hi Kevin, Thanks for the kind words on my lap steel. I will have to try that A tuning you are using. The binding is curly maple from Stewart McDonald, luthier's supply company at Stewmac.com, just in case you haven't heard of them, not the cheapest prices but a great place for whatever you need! The pickup is a passive unit made by EMG...it's a humbucker but stacked so it fits in a single coil ring, the ring came from Stew Mac too and I think it's pretty unique looking too. For more pictures and a description of the instrument, check out my page on the lapsteel in the "Guitar Gallery" section of my website at this link:
I see you build and play lap steel! I have just finished building my first and am now learning to play. I am starting with the standard guitar tuning as I have been told that it should be easier for an old guitar player to find the notes! What do you think about that? I wish to play like the slide guitar (actually pedal steel) in Neil Young's "Harvest" album stuff! I realize that Ben Keith was a pedal steel player and that is another animal, but I like that sound. I have already used it in a recording of an original song, but it was an easy part. I will post that song soon for comments...anyway, here is what mine looks like: