So I'm building a lap steel...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by ronster, Feb 13, 2006.


  1. ronster

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    It's a 22.5" scale, .25" thick aluminum top. I'll be mounting that on a hardwood TBD.

    I'm thinking about using a p90, but wasn't sure whether to buy the bridge or neck version.

    Also, the plan I found online doesn't have a tone knob. Will I be happy with just the volume control, or should I take the time to find out how to add the tone control?

    Thanks for any advice,

    ronster

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  2. J Purcell

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    I've never built a lap steel but own several of them.
    I would get a bridge P-90 if there is a difference and definitely a tone control.
    I've had volume only lap steels and the tone control just makes for a more versatile instrument. Plus you can use it for the cool wah sounds.
    It's helpful to have a tone control when you're playing at lower volume and want to be a little subtle.
    Chris Fouke makes a pretty cool aluminum lap steel. I'm not sure what his site address is but it's Fouke Industrial Guitars. You might get some ideas from his site.
    Also I recommend a Lollar P-90. I have one in a Harmos lap steel and it is a screamer.
     
  3. ronster

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    ... for the quick reply.

    Yeah, I knew the answer to the tone knob question - just hoped it would be different.

    I have heard good things about the Lollar pickups & may go that route.

    I'm really enjoying the process of figuring this out. Building a regular guitar is out of my league, but I think I have a pretty good chance of building a decent lap steel.

    ronster,

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    Lollar makes some great repro steel pu's...depends what you want as well; the Lindley thing or more of a fat western swing tone ala Bob Dunn...
     

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