Build Your Own Lap Steel Guitar

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Build Your Own Lap Steel Guitar

Build Your Own Lap Steel Guitar!

Start by downloading these vintage plans for making your own lap steel:

Then join in the discussion on building techniques, improvements to the plans and more. 

Want even more lap steel goodness?  Check out Guitar World's columns on making a lap steel from a 2x4 plank:

How to Build a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar pt. 1

How to Build a 2x4 Lap Steel Guitar pt. 2 - Cool Mods

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Latest Activity: Aug 20

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Eliminating hum

Started by Andy R. Last reply by Andy R Jul 7, 2017. 5 Replies

So I got my lap steel painted up, ready to go, install the humbucker and it doesn't buck.. it humsI had the issue in my CBG with a single coil and attaching foil to ground all internals solved it.How…Continue

Pickup for Lapsteel

Started by Lou "cubancigar2000". Last reply by Peter Hendley Jun 30, 2017. 4 Replies

I am building a simple lap steel. I would like to buy a pickup ( 6 string) that is already to go ( dont want to build it) Any suggestions on where to go to find one. My strings spacing on my bridge…Continue

String spacing on the 2 x 4 lap steel

Started by Andy R. Last reply by Andy R May 18, 2017. 3 Replies

Hey I got a lap steel kit from CB Gitty and am about to drill the holes below the bridge for the string feed.Has anyone here put them together using the plans that come with the kit?If so, should the…Continue

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Comment by Dan DeBruler on August 16, 2018 at 7:15am

One step at a time. 8/4 Mahogony, Rosewood fretboard, Gotoh Tuners, and a leftover Fender single. 

Comment by John Luck on May 1, 2016 at 8:07am

New guy in town. Aussie fiddler looking for somehing new.

Have started a build. Have worked with wood and am a fair violin luthier

Should be fun

Comment by Gene Jaimez on February 2, 2014 at 10:20am

Happy to be on board.

Comment by RL Rainwater on April 12, 2013 at 4:06pm

Ok Nice Looking Pup!! I just uploaded a couple of my Lap Steels over at the Lap steel group!! Check em out!! RL

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on April 11, 2013 at 6:18pm

Yes, the bridge pup is from Ted Crocker. Since taking that photo, I had Ted make a matching humbucker to replace the zebra h-bucker at the neck position.

Comment by RL Rainwater on April 11, 2013 at 4:55pm

Those look Great!! Curious?'' the one pic in the  middle ...is the back pickup homemade!!

Comment by Jess on March 3, 2013 at 11:23pm

Very nice Scott!

Comment by Scott aka Farmer Ted on March 3, 2013 at 8:16pm

A few of mine...

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Comment by Lou "cubancigar2000" on February 9, 2013 at 8:59am

Smoke - Does you like it?  YES

Do you wanna free plans for building one like that?   YES

Who's your buddy-buddy?

Comment by mike redmond on February 5, 2013 at 11:12pm

I just ordered a book from amazon. It's Easy To Build Your Own Lap Steel Guitar by Martin Koch. It was recommended by a British Lap maker.

 

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Eliminating hum

Started by Andy R. Last reply by Andy R Jul 7, 2017. 5 Replies

Pickup for Lapsteel

Started by Lou "cubancigar2000". Last reply by Peter Hendley Jun 30, 2017. 4 Replies

String spacing on the 2 x 4 lap steel

Started by Andy R. Last reply by Andy R May 18, 2017. 3 Replies

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