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Well crap.....

Started by James Pobog Aug 29. 0 Replies

Obviously, I missed something. Trying to follow the plans for the 2x4 steel. Trying to bend the tabs of the Gold Foil Pickup like the plans (the 'upgrade', where the tabs are trimmed short and are…Continue

I think I hit the jackpot....

Started by James Pobog. Last reply by Reg Seward Aug 28. 1 Reply

Look at this 2x6 I found yesterday. I saw this, and it started screaming "BUY ME!!!!!"I was thinking about this being the 2x6 version of the steel plans from here, but I think  I'm gonna make a…Continue

A mind is a terrible thing....

Started by James Pobog. Last reply by Poorness Studios Aug 27. 3 Replies

Especially if it won't turn off...Am still moving forward with my first (and then second) 2x4/2x6 steel builds, but now am thinking about stretching a 2x6 to a baritone steel.I need help with design…Continue

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Comment by Ron Lutz on September 20, 2019 at 3:43pm

one of the many lap steels I have made is a 4 stringer 27 1/2" baritone using the bottom 4 strings of a set of Dunlop 56-13.  It has plenty of "growl".   this length is quite common for baritone,

Comment by James Pobog on September 10, 2019 at 9:55pm

@ Brian Q

About 45 years ago I had a Rickenbacker Bakelite lap (a friend has it). Got it at a pawn shop for $25. So I'm somewhat familiar with the "Hawaiian" sound.

I'm a big guy, 6'2", 210. I'm a baritone, "played" cello in junior high. I like body...depth...POWER. David Gilmour on 'One Of These Days', and though it's not a steel, the intro to "Sorrow" just gives me chills.

As I said below, I'm not a musician, so much of the lingo does not compute, but I'm trying to learn.

The sound and feel of baritone just seems natural to me. I love the weight. I saw the word associated with guitars and  thought "That's the ticket".

So I have this idea. Right now I'm thinking of a body about 39-40" long, a 30" scale with 24 frets, a hardtail bridge, 3-on-a-plate tuners, If a single coil or single humbucker, the cavity is at 3.5"-6", if a second humbucker added, it's cavity will be at 7.5"-9".
The jack and controls will be in a unique add-on box on the butt, and wings may be added so that a body profile might be created. I will probably build 2, the first out of Doug Fir, for proof-of-concept, then a nice one out of a slab of exotic wood I've had for 40 years. It's either Monkeypod or Koa, I don't know which.

From that point, I'm clueless, certainly how to string it.




Comment by BrianQ. on September 10, 2019 at 8:37pm

If you’re going baritone, then go bigger, you’ll need them if you’re going long scale? I have seen more than a few players use medium sets .013-.056 with a wound G string-GHS, Ernie Ball, etc., with scales beyond 25 1/2” . When I said daring, I meant your imagination? C6 is different from the regular open tunings, particularly good for shorter scale lengths, it has that glassy hawaiian sound, you’ll prolly like it?

Comment by James Pobog on September 10, 2019 at 4:45pm

Thx, Bill.

Comment by BILL GRONER on September 10, 2019 at 4:16pm

GHS and John Pearse also have good lap steel string sets.

C6

A6

Comment by BILL GRONER on September 10, 2019 at 3:55pm

A good set of strings for Lap Steel are Scotty's SIT non pedal/lap steel C 6th 

Nickel Semi-Flats

.015 .018 .022 .024 .030 .036

Comment by James Pobog on September 10, 2019 at 3:32pm

What does it take to get Gilmour's tone?

I'd like to build a baritone. Scale? Strings? Tuning?

Comment by James Pobog on September 10, 2019 at 3:21pm

@ Brian Q

I am a non-musician.  What is daring about C6?

Comment by James Pobog on September 10, 2019 at 3:20pm

What does it take to get Gilmour's tone/tuning?

https://youtu.be/UI4-r8Vx8qM

Comment by BrianQ. on September 10, 2019 at 11:17am

Cbgitty has 6 string sets, one is C6 tuning if you’re daring enough:

https://www.cbgitty.com/6-string-sets/

 

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A mind is a terrible thing....

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