Charles Atchison
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The ironing board lap steel cigar box guitar

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 11:30am 7 Comments

The lap steel that I said I wouldn't sell, I sold it and so I needed something cool to replace it. I built this beast of a very old ironing board (a $10 find) and a Blu-J cigar box from 1910.

The nut and bridge risers are made out of an old yard stick. I made the headstock and fretboard from oak and used another trusty Gretsch pickup to make the thing really sing. I also added mother of pearl fret markers on this one which is the first time I've done that, normally I just burn them in.

I've coveted one of these ironing board/steels ever since I saw the one Justin Johnson plays. I think Madurobob is responsible for that exceptional work of art.

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At 8:19pm on July 2, 2016, Preston J. Laisure said…

I just wanted to personally thank you for your thoughtful assistance with my really dumb questions, the other day. You were truly a big help, simply by making me think the problem through and yes I now have accomplished my original plan. When I finally put all the pieces in the right place (including a fresh battery) "It Works", just like you said.

At 4:12pm on November 27, 2015, A.D.EKER said…

ALLRIGHT Charles ,bee waiting on the tutorials !! Greeeeettssszzz A.D.

At 1:23pm on November 27, 2015, Rooster said…

Thanks for the friend request Charles...............I have admired your work for quite some time ;-)

At 4:18pm on April 13, 2015, Elmar Zeilhofer said…

Thanks for friending Charles!

At 7:47pm on January 19, 2014, Uncle John said…

Hey, Charles.  I like your guitars, photos and vids.  Glad to have you for a nation friend.

At 3:22pm on January 19, 2014, Keith Rearick said…

Charles, accepted you as a friend. Thanks for asking.

At 11:59am on August 4, 2013, Diglydog said…

Thanks for the friend add, Charles !

At 11:11am on July 10, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

You make nice stuff at a very reasonable price,My CBG making not quite to that level,Love the whammy...have to get sumpin from ya down the line ,just bought one...salud great work

At 11:01am on July 10, 2013, Downtown Vinnie said…

Thanx for friending me Charles,I sell CBGS ,I build cbgs and play a load of music.Happpy to offer any help w any of those things.Have a great day , .I love to collab if ya play too

At 5:53pm on May 21, 2013, Charles Atchison said…

If you have time please check out my website



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