Pedal suggestions for Lapsteel

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  1. gtrfinder

    gtrfinder Supporting Member

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    I'm considering adding a few pedals to complement a lapsteel that I may use while playing live.
    Ideally I'd like to have a volume pedal, a reveb pedal, and some type of modulation effect (for David Lindley-like tones).
    I'll probably put all of these in a separate loop that will be accessed only when playing steel.

    I've considered an EB volume pedal, Line 6 Verbzilla (for both basic reverb and the "Opto" setting), and am still undecided on the modulation pedal.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. Ransome

    Ransome Supporting Member

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    I currently use the same rig as my guitar, I switch for about 1/3 of the set to lap. I mainly use my Replica and the Silver China COT50. However I have been known to kick in the 200 lbs. every once in a while.

    For me mostly clean with a touch of delay/reverb works!

    Ran$ome
     
  3. Kalik

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    A wah could be nice too.
     
  4. gtrfinder

    gtrfinder Supporting Member

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    bump
    any other suggestions?
     
  5. Prairie Belt

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    +1 on the wah. Wah on lapsteel sounds really cool. The sacred steel guys frequently use it in place of a volume pedal for a vocal effect. For volume pedals, also check out Goodrich.
     
  6. webb

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    Try a trem with the lap.

    I like to use trem, volume pedal and delay. Currently working on bringing a wah into the set-up.
     
  7. mprvise

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    Wah and/or envelope filter are really cool with a lap steel. There's a great local player and he's got both. The other thing he uses that is super cool is an EH Worm.

    And I know you didn't ask, but two of my favorite lap steel players use a V1 OCD as their OD.
     
  8. buddaman71

    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    Verbzilla and an EB Volume go great together. Put the volume before the verb and you can swell in and out without chopping the verb tails. Sounds really cool and atmospheric.

    =]
     
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    Gas-man Unrepentant Massaganist

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    Fender recently released reissues of their volume and volume/tone pedals that were so popular with steel players in the fitties and sixties.

    The volume/tone is good. I have one and use it with my steel. Compares favorably to the original.

    You can cop the Speedy West "wah" sounds. Sounds he was making long before the wah was available.
     
  10. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    a compressor can also be really cool, although that's sort of what the volume pedal does if used right.
     
  11. GuitarsFromMars

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    i use a Zendrive with my 1938 supro...
     
  12. Jet Bycraft

    Jet Bycraft Member

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    I like to use a Phaser (MXR Phase 90) with my Silvertone lap steel.
     
  13. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Some of my favorite lap steel effects:

    Menatone Top Boost in a Can - Great for overdriven lead and rhythm sounds
    Moog delay - Most analog-voiced delays will do. Great for thickening the sound.
    Line6 Verbzilla - I use it a lot for very long, big reverbs - definitely as an effect.
    Moog Low Pass Filter - I use it kind of like a volume pedal (with an expression pedal), to take the fizz off of a fuzz, and for adding vowel sounds to a fuzz pedal (great for pseudo theremin noises).

    Bryan
     
  14. Joe Boy

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    I'm suprized no ones mentioned an E-Bow.
    An extra kick for your pedal solo.
     

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