What guitar for faux pedal/lap steel licks?

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  1. scottcw

    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    What guitar do you use for fake pedal/lap steel licks? what pick-ups are in it? the more details, the better. Thanks.
     
  2. daddyo

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    You mean other than a Tele?
     
  3. digthosetubes

    digthosetubes Senior Member

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    You could resort to a Nocaster.

    And if you really get desperate, you might have to go scratch up a Broacaster. But that could get pricey.
     
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    goto be a telecaster
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  5. guitarmook

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    Start w/ a telecaster.

    For me, I prefer a stronger neck pickup than the stock tele... either a slightly overwound strat neck, or better yet, a charlie-christian style p-90. Maybe even a mini-humbucker. For me, true humbuckers in a tele neck can be too mushy and wooly.
     
  6. J Purcell

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    You mean there's other guitars????:D
     
  7. scottcw

    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    P90 perhaps?
     
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    For fake pedal steel stuff inexpensively you can use any Fender Tele or strat w/single coils, a compressor and a volume pedal can simulate well without resorting to modification such as a Parson White or Hip shot b bender which enhance even greater, but don't need to if you perfect your technique with double string bends and compressor, volume pedal.
     
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    If you're doing ballad type swells & stuff something that you can also do subtle whammy bends with can be a plus.
     
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    Let me know if you want a Hipshot B-bender. I have one I have never used.

    FWIW, I have thought it would be cool on a LP Junior as well as a Tele.
     
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    Ha that was my first thought too. Thats what I use and it works wonders. I've tried it with lots of other stuff and it just doesnt work quite the same.
     
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    scottcw Low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    What about a Jazzmaster with hot pick-ups?
     
  13. snarkle

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    I've got to go with the orthodox wisdom on this one: Telecaster.

    You could get away with an Esquire, in a pinch...

    The Jazzmaster would sound good, but Jazzmasters work better with heavy strings, which makes steel-style bending problematic. The Will Ray Jazz-a-caster (a tele with Jazzmaster pickups) addresses this issue, but only a few of them were made and you can't have mine.

    Albert Lee does a pretty good job with his signature Music Man, so that or a hardtail Strat would work well, too.

    If you're Buddy Miller, you could get away with a Wandré...if you're Buddy Miller.
     
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    I'd have to say Telecaster as well. The volume knob is in a place so that you can use it very naturally.

    As for pickups depending on your flavor either a higher output bridge pickup or a lower than usual output bridge pickup depending on you preference. Low output bridge pickups on Teles can be a thing of absolute beauty.
     
  15. HHB

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    tele on bridge pup ( is this a trick question? )
     
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    I'd love a Tele done up like that, but without all of the skulls or whatever they are on the fingerboard. Is the wiring any different? Or is it just wired like a standard Tele? If I built one of those, I'd keep my Hipshot for that project.
     
  17. Zelmo

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    Just say 'No to Faux'! :D

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    Just triangle-shaped position markers on mine...the skulls were a later version. The original MIJ Jazz-a-casters have a four-way pickup switch and concentric bass/treble controls, plus a stock Hipshot B-bender.

    (And, of course, that cool gold-leaf finish. Thanks to John Purcell for selling me his, and for being a great guy to deal with in general.)

    Here's a link to where you can download the owner's manual (and a bunch of other useful stuff): http://www.fender.com/support/instruments.php
     
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    Cool, thanks.
     
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    My Steinberger with a TransTrem.
    See the video of David Torn at 1:45 here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-rjLQM4mMg

    Really watch it - you will be amazed :cool:
     

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