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Advice on learning to play 6 stringed lap

Started by Peter Hendley. Last reply by Peter Hendley Nov 30. 7 Replies

Hullo all, I have made a lap steel 6 string, with humbucker pickup. Now I am in the early stages of learning to play it. In the past I have had a go at "normal"  6 strings, but arthritis in my…Continue

Ironing Board Lap Steel

Started by Brad Ellin. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Oct 3. 3 Replies

I was browsing around a thrift store in Dallas last weekend and came across a small (36") wooden ironing board with scissor legs. I didn't pick it up then, but got to thinking it could make an…Continue

Please save me from making rookie mistakes.

Started by Rob Uker. Last reply by Carl Franklin May 26, 2017. 13 Replies

I want to build my first lap steel guitar. Only problem is I have had almost no exposure to one before and I have nothing to model it against.Is it a standard guitar scale?Do I fret it?How high…Continue

Buying bridges and nuts....pre slotted and behind the bar bends

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music. Last reply by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music Feb 25, 2016. 5 Replies

2 parted question please.1. If one is buying bridges and nuts for a lap steel where a good place to start?2. In order to do a behind the bend with a lap steel does anyone know if the bridge or nut…Continue

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on March 20, 2018 at 12:28pm

Hi folks.

I want to try my hand at a double neck lapsteel guitar. It will probably  (not set in stone yet) be a 4 string and a six string, though this may become a six string and eight string as I think about it a little more. 

My question is in relation to thickness needed for the string tension on the body of the instrument. I have a piece of solid oak that measures 39 inches long by 5.75 inches wide by 2.5 inches deep. If I try and cut the board to measure two pieces at 39 inches by 5.75 inches by 1.25 inches (roughly) would that take the tension from the strings? 

If the answer is a resounding "no", would I be better mounting it on to some 20mm hardwood ply sheeting? Perhaps all it will need is a truss rod under each "neck"? Two truss rods under each? What would the experienced builders amongst you recommend? 

Thanks for your help and best regards to you all.

Bear :0)

Comment by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music on February 24, 2016 at 1:33am
Thank you slow blues dani & ol' grey bear,
I think I put my question in the comment section by accident but thank you ...seems like a case by case basis...
Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on February 24, 2016 at 1:22am
Hey Jon. I'm no expert and I don't have an exact answer to your question but on the lapsteel I built it was a case of chiselling out until the thickness was right to take the tuners I had and was using. I think it's as you suspect and just a case of individual basis. I could be wrong though.
Comment by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music on February 24, 2016 at 1:01am
I know this is sort of a generalized question but with lap steel head stocks both with sideway mounted tuners...
What is the thickness of the tuner headstock area?
I used some grovers once and had either too much or too little wood in that tuner area...I know tuners vary so I realize the answer may be varied. Thank you
Comment by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music on February 24, 2016 at 12:28am
These are all incredible ! Each and everyone.
Comment by George liros on February 21, 2016 at 8:15pm

Cherry Lap Steel, Honduran Rosewood accents, Seymour-Duncan Jazz Humbucker, Grover Tuners

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Comment by George liros on February 21, 2016 at 8:12pm

Douglas Fir Lap steel, hand carved Cocobolo bridge, Bubinga accents and P-90 pickup

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on January 7, 2016 at 11:07am

Day two of actually building my first lapsteel. It's a 4-string only and has a tin resonating chamber that I'm going to put a pick up in that I've already purchased from a member of CBN. I'll post more images soon but the images of the day one build are on my page. Thanks for having me in your group too.

Comment by Thorsten Hinrichsen on February 15, 2015 at 5:58pm

My second lapsteel. Some leftover wood pieces (maple, walnut, birch and beech), art deco inspired design. Pickups and electronics taken from a broken e-mandoline. 

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Comment by Bill Harbour on August 28, 2014 at 8:55am

My first and only lap steel build.  I went after that old pawn shop special look.

 

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Advice on learning to play 6 stringed lap

Started by Peter Hendley. Last reply by Peter Hendley Nov 30. 7 Replies

Ironing Board Lap Steel

Started by Brad Ellin. Last reply by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear Oct 3. 3 Replies

Please save me from making rookie mistakes.

Started by Rob Uker. Last reply by Carl Franklin May 26, 2017. 13 Replies

Buying bridges and nuts....pre slotted and behind the bar bends

Started by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music. Last reply by Jon Leslie/Runaway Veal Music Feb 25, 2016. 5 Replies

My first lap dance

Started by Daryl. Last reply by Daryl Jul 10, 2014. 6 Replies

Second build

Started by Gary Williams. Last reply by Vick Griffin Mar 8, 2014. 4 Replies

My First Homemade Lap Steel

Started by RL Rainwater. Last reply by RL Rainwater Apr 13, 2013. 4 Replies

#2 Homemade Lap Steel

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first lap steel

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My first Lap Steel Build

Started by OldNick. Last reply by Ronnie Retherford Sep 18, 2012. 3 Replies

My No.1 and No.2 Lap steel guitars.

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Started by Niles Galloway. Last reply by Rick Hayes Mar 8, 2011. 3 Replies

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Started by Buffalo John. Last reply by Barry Evan Russ Nov 18, 2010. 6 Replies

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