Lefty Lap Steel Guitars?

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  1. pbone

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    I'm looking to buy one. Probably less than or around 7, 800 bucks. So, first and foremost, what are some good brands that I should be looking at? Secondly, (this is probably a dumb question) are there lefty lap steel guitars, or is it just a matter of placement, etc.
     
  2. snarkle

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    You know, I've been collecting lap steels for 30 years and I don't think I've ever seen a factory lefty. Many, if not most, National/Airline/Supro models are essentially symmetrical and have just a straight piece of bent metal for a bridge, so I'd suggest finding one you like and having a new nut cut...with luck, you could do this for half your budget.
     
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    If you find someone that makes one PLEASE!!! let me know.
     
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    Most any of the custom builders should easily be able to do a left hand lapsteel for you.
    Here is a photo shopped version of a couple of my designs as they would look as a lefty.

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  7. dhdfoster

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    Nice work, Quarter. Is that a Dusenberg pickup on the bottom one? GFS?
     
  8. Quarter

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    Thanks dhdfoster ... that is a BG-Pups H90, HB sized 90 style, A II mags with a sweet open airy tone.
    I've been using quite a few of Bryans pickups lately and love the tones I'm getting with his gear.
     
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    Thanks! I had an old Supro lap steel with the bowling ball wrap finish a few years ago that I still regret selling. That "P90" ish tone is the tone I love for a lap. I replaced it with a early 60s Fender, but the tone just wasn't the same. That early, raunchy non-pedal steel sound is the best. I was asking because I was wondering if that pickup was closer to that than the clear Fender sound.

    I'm inspired to try to build one, now!
     
  10. pbone

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    Those look very nice, quarter, is there a lefty version in that price range that I mentioned above? (~700)
     
  11. Quarter

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    dhdfoster ... P90's make a great pickup for a lapsteel, nice cleans and that raunchy bad boy attitude when you dig in.
    If you decide to build a steel yourself, I'd be happy to help if I can, building your own is a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience.

    pbone ... I'll PM you and we can chat further, depending on configuration, I think we can get you in the ballpark.
     

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