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My first Lap Steel Build

Started by OldNick. Last reply by Ron Lutz Jan 23. 4 Replies

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Second build

Started by Gary Williams. Last reply by Ron Lutz Jan 23. 5 Replies

Second lapsteel build everyone seems happy with it so I am pleased

Advice on learning to play 6 stringed lap

Started by Peter Hendley. Last reply by Peter Hendley Nov 30, 2018. 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, 2018. 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

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Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on January 25, 2019 at 1:15pm

Wow, Randy. Those look awesome. Are they carved wood or resin cast? Really interesting and beautiful workmanship. 

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Comment by Ron Lutz on January 23, 2019 at 7:41pm

What I meant by acoustic is simply to get a little more volume without having to rely on the pick up when just picking in a quiet room without amplification. In my experience, lap steels built on solid bodies  really need amplification to be enjoyed even in a perfectly quiet room.  As far as incorporating a dulcimer style body/soundbox, that thought has crossed my mind and I will probably act on that next.

Comment by Slow Blues Dani & Ol' Grey Bear on January 23, 2019 at 6:56pm

Thanks Ron. I eventually used some of the oak for a neck support on my tricone resonator guitar build I finished recently .Not sure if I've got enough of it left for the lapsteel now but I appreciate the help and advice.

Great looking build you've just posted. You said it's acoustic so is that a little similar to a dulcimer? Looks great anyway. 

Comment by Ron Lutz on January 23, 2019 at 6:50pm

Answer for Slo Blues Dani Y Ol' Grey Bear.   I am in the process of a double neck lap also.  Your 1 1/2" oak should do just fine.  The several I have built  are of 1' Ash, some with an added sound box.  Absolutely no noticeable issues.  Even made a couple from 2x4 pine and they work great.  I use mostly C6 and DADF#AD tuning.  Terrific tutorial on C6 from joedocmusic.com,  Very comprehensive and EASY  to follow with tab and demo nearly measure by measure.  Extremely well put together tutorial for very reasonable price.

Comment by Ron Lutz on January 23, 2019 at 6:36pm

this is my 90th guitar, 8 of them have been lap steels, still experimenting for acoustic effects.  this one is getting closer to my vision.  Hollow body ash with top sound holes.  It is similar to an earlier build for a client but with much better acoustic sound. Tuned to E I am quite happy with this.

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.
 

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My first Lap Steel Build

Started by OldNick. Last reply by Ron Lutz Jan 23. 4 Replies

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Ironing Board Lap Steel

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