Here's a shot of my two lap steels.
My problem is with the pickup in the guitar on the left - my '35. Over the last 80 years, the strings have worn away the pole pieces and worn grooves into the bobbin itself.
The magnets are the horseshoes - the polepieces are probably just steel slugs.
All of the strings sound real strong except for what would be a G string on a normal guitar. In open E tuning, it's a G#.
The polepiece for the G# string is worn down almost completely. So the G# string sounds weak. And I can't raise the pickup on the treble side without what's left of the E & B polepieces hitting the strings.
So I'm thinking of disassembling this 1935 pickup and grinding what's left of the polepieces down flush - like they are in my '38 pickup. I also have a 1938 Ricky lap steel, the guitar on the right, and the polepieces in its pickup are flat - flush with the bobbin. They were never raised in the first place I guess. It sounds great.
Here's the pickup that needs work:
Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!