Weissenborn recommendations

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  1. Ferret

    Ferret Supporting Member

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    Can somebody recommend a builder of Weissenborn-style lap steels. I have probably heard of all or most of the top builders but it wouldn't hurt to have a list in a handy place here. But what I most want is to benefit from the first hand experience of those who have tried the builders. I'm open to any suggestion, I'm open to non-traditional tone woods and although I probably have a price ceiling, I don't want to place an upper price-bound on your recommendations.
     
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    I don't know anything about them, but I was at a concert a while back and the guy showed us this spectacular flamey Koa Weissenborn, and said, "I like to bring this knock-off on tours in case something happens to it, so I don't have to risk my treasured originals." It was such a beautiful instrument, I was stunned that he could think that way. I guess the originals must be really over the top! Good luck on your search, /jd
     
  3. Ferret

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    Thanks. The originals might not be worth much more than the knock-off in dollar terms but, if you have an original in good condition that plays well, it's near irreplaceable.
     
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    Yanuziello is as good as it gets. Phenomenal design, execution, tone, playability... he'S also the nicest guy I ever met.
     
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    Paddy Burgin, Bill Asher, Larry Pogreba quickly come to mind.
     
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    Check out Scott Walker
     
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    Bear Creek, Tony Francis, Daniel Brauchli
     
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    Thanks to all of you for the suggestions. One name was new to me but it's also good to have the usual suspects confirmed as such. I'm hoping someone has some experience of ordering lap steel but it is a bit of a specialist taste these days.
     
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    I have ordered from Paddy Burgin, Daniel Brauchli, and Lazy River. Celtic Cross is another builder from Canada I believe.
     
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    All of these are very much on my radar. Would you be prepared to comment further? I'd be surprised if I can go wrong with any of these so long as I know what I want.
     
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    Paddy and Daniel are apex builders. The guitars were flawless and I paid top dollar for them. The woods were a bit more exotic being from Australia and Tasmania. The guitars played and sounded fantastic. Rance White from Lazy River builds a nice guitar but at half the price of the others mentioned, you shouldn’t expect the same level of fit, finish, and detail. I still have the Lazy River and its fine for me and my level of playing. I had a spectacular piece of Koa and wanted a teardrop. Rance built me a real nice guitar that sounds great. It took the Koa a few years to really open up. It has and I’m happy I was patient.
     
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    Thanks very much Stevo. That's pretty much what I imagined given the relative prices but one can easily imagine the wrong thing and need to start all over again. I might start with a Rance and go from there, although I play electric and acoustic slide guitar and electric lap steel so I'm used to the tunings and techniques. (I have an Asher electric.) Actually I think Koa is twice the price of Australian blackwood and even more if you want your koa figured. I'm from Australia and I've been lusting for Daniel's products since before I left for the States. I also like blackwood best of all of the non-traditional tone woods.
     
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    The Burgin was an Austalian version of mahogany. I don’t recall the name now. The Brauchli was a baritone blackwood. I think I sabotaged that one myself by asking for a oil finish. It seemed to deaden the tone a little too much. Daniel said never again after that one. Koa is my favorite tone wood acoustic or electric I like it.
     
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    I guess I owe it to myself to try koa at some stage. Sorry to hear about the baritone. Thanks for the warning. I have a background in wooden flutes and whistles and oil is used universally there so I might not have been aware of the dangers.
     
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    Scott Walker is amazing. Wilcut has one for sale right now.
     
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    Scott Walker in Koa. I have no experience with these guitars but I own a Walker guitar and its just amazing. The fit the finish the quality of everything is up there with anyones.
     
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    Wilcutt has that I believe. I also own a Walker, it’s good stuff.
     

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