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Old 02-09-2009, 12:06 AM
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Duesenberg Pomona-6 palm-bar fun

I just got me hands on a Pomona 6 lap steel from Duesenberg and have been having a blast getting aquainted with the two palm benders that it comes set up with.

I'm still waiting on two different tone-bars I have on order and can't wait to get started sliding. In the meantime, here's a vid of me playing around with some harmonics as I get a feel for the benders.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...46575100&hl=en


The Pomona is in open E with the B-bar set for a whole step and the G-bar set for a half step. One of the cool things with the bridge design is that you can assign up to three bars accross any of the upper five strings. Once I get more comfortable with the bars, (and playing lap steel for that matter,) I'll have to explore some other tunings. I'm really enjoying the challenge of a new instrument these days.




Now it's time to gorge myself on some David Lindley and Jerry Douglas Youtube vids...
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:47 AM
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That was my absolute favorite thing I saw at NAMM this year. Major Pomona-Lust happening here...
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:51 AM
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That is great Fatback. I saw the Pomona at the 2008 NAMM show and have be looking to get one ever since. I have only seen one really for sale at (TGP and dealers) and the guy wanted more than SRP for it.... Hopefully they start rolling into stores real soon.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:54 PM
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remarkable---very nice!!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 07:52 AM
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Very nice - these caught my eye as well. Great alternative to lugging a pedal steel to shows.
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Old 02-12-2009, 07:07 PM
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killer!
i def want one.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:17 AM
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Great Video.

I love the Pamona, but at that price point it's hard not to consider a pedal steel.

How are your benders set?

What is the 'price point'? Couldn't find it on their site.

Great demo!
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Old 02-13-2009, 10:29 AM
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What is the 'price point'?
SRP is $2200
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:27 PM
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There's a pantload of engineering in that guitar - the integrated capo alone is beautifully conceived and executed, and the palm levers are beyond hip. It's not your daddy's lap steel - not just a chunk of mahogany or limba with a set of tuners, a bridge, a painted fretboard and a pickup. If they're charging $2200 for it, I can see why.
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Old 02-13-2009, 02:32 PM
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If they're charging $2200 for it, I can see why.
Definitely. I wanted to order one for the shop I used to work at, but couldn't convince folks that it would move very quickly. A shame, as I really wanted to mess around with it.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:54 PM
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killer!
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What is the 'price point'? Couldn't find it on their site.

Great demo!
I got a call from my Westwood Music today. They finally got one of these in. I think it might be spoken for, but you two should check it out.

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Old 02-21-2009, 03:47 PM
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I got a call from my Westwood Music today. They finally got one of these in. I think it might be spoken for, but you two should check it out.

Bryan
Not sure I can get out way anytime soon - but thanks!
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:30 AM
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I got a call from my Westwood Music today. They finally got one of these in. I think it might be spoken for, but you two should check it out.

Bryan
thanks, b!
i'd gotten a heads-up on the westwood delivery
from the dude at duesenberg;
i also don't know when i'll be able to modulate
from the current key of cave-ness.....
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:32 PM
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So, how are these lap steels working out for you guys?
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Old 03-02-2009, 11:16 PM
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I'm still getting the hang of mine. The main adjustment is right hand positioning/muting since the benders keep you from resting your palm right against the saddles. I'm also getting used to using a tone bar instead of a slide. It's slow going, but a lot of fun.


One of the Pomona's features that doesn't work very well for me is the reduced throw tone pot. I may replace it with a normal pot since I'm already used to doing tone swells on my tele. The only other thing I may do down the line is throw one of TV Jones' hotter pickups in the bridge.


I should also mention that the Pomona really likes to be used with a compressor. I've been using a Celmo Sardine Can comp with very good results.
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