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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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 Bob Stephens on February 2, 2013 at 2:07pm

There is a lot of good information and plans at:

http://www.bluestemstrings.com

Not cigar box based, but they could be adapted

Comment by Grant Hedgepeth on February 2, 2013 at 12:52am

I'm looking for some good plans to build a lapsteel.  Anybody got any?

Comment by Koenraad EGGERS on December 7, 2012 at 7:49am

Hey gang !

Does anybody have a plan for a Fender lap steel guitar ? I have some Tele leftover parts and would like to build a lapsteel. Anybody ?

grtz

Koenraad

Comment by frank tennyson on October 5, 2012 at 5:32pm

Ok, a friend I just met likes playing lap steel, but he has never been introduced to the world of CBG or Handmade Guitars. I want to build him a hum dinger right out of the shute. Heard of a lap steel being built on an old ironing board - would that be the right height? Can someone email me plans on my CBN page? Not just plans but string info freting info bridge and nut info and resonance since I want it to ring acustically though I plan to electrify it. Oh and anything else you can think of I may need for a really super build!

Comment by Gary Deemer on October 5, 2012 at 5:12pm

my 8 string lap steel. sounds great, sustain is awsome. don't like the bridge so I'm going to change it.

Comment by Bruce Aylward on September 24, 2012 at 1:50pm

Hi y all, I'm looking to build my first lap steel and wondered if anyone could direct me to a good set of plans, I'd like to build an 8 or 10 string instrument can any of you help, cheers

Comment by Gary Deemer on September 14, 2012 at 10:08am

working on my first lap steel. waiting for parts and the energy to tackle the fret board

Comment by Len Davidson on June 27, 2011 at 8:14am

David,

I have been making a 6 string CBG out of Jarrah.  It is extremely hard to work but it looks a million bucks when it is polished up and coated.  I am making it out of a piece of 100x38mm cross section jarrah.  Some photos of the project are on the Cigar box australia website on my page

http://cigarboxguitarsaustralia.ning.com/profile/LenDavidson 

The build does have a cigar box to  give it some degree of acoustic sound but I am going to amplify it.  I am still not sure if I am going to use a coil pickup or a piezo transducer.

Len

Comment by c# merle on June 6, 2011 at 7:19am

not familiar with australian eucalypts david, but just about any wood is suitable for a lap steel - even a big lump of pine.

this is how i put mine together  8 string lap steel blog

Comment by Alan Roberts on June 6, 2011 at 2:03am

G'day, David.

You can make a lapsteel out of just about anything. Your traditional guitars are fussy, because of the thin neck. The lapsteel is such a massive chunk of lumber you could make it out of balsa (ok, maybe not balsa). I have no idea about the sustain you can get out of a gum tree. Keep us posted, eh? Just be sure that your wood is properly CURED.

 

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Eliminating hum

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Pickup for Lapsteel

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