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Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner commented on Tim Pattimore's blog post Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar
"Might I suggest adding springs for reverb. The ones I like are from "Dollar tree" they are in a plastic microphone called a "Echo mics"."
Jul 28
Korrigan commented on Tim Pattimore's blog post Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar
"Here's a very handy calculator: https://wahiduddin.net/calc/calc_guitar_string.htm"
Jul 28
Tim Pattimore commented on Tim Pattimore's blog post Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar
"Thanks for your reply! I'd like to go as small as I can but still achieve a reasonable amount of sustain with the strings - I'm guessing those strings you've mentioned are steel not nylon?  Thinking further, the "box"…"
Jul 28
BrianQ. commented on Tim Pattimore's blog post Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar
"Your not tripping, 23” scale is very common with lap steels? They actually go smaller than that? The shorter scale lap steels had smaller strings on them & were mostly tuned to C6? The string gauges are usually either .014 -.034 or…"
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Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar

So many questions...I'm thinking of building something that resembles a miniature lap steel guitar . Here's what I'm thinking -* 6 string instrument tuned open D * very short scale length (roundabouts a concert/tenor ukulele size - around 23 - 26"* no electrics, just a deep resonator box made from very thin plywood.It's more of an experiment than anything else but I'm really stuck with what gauge strings to use. I've always used medium-light strings on my guitars but would these still be too…See More
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Making my first resonator - can anyone help me?

Hi all, I’ve just finished making my first dulcimer and, buoyed on by the success of its sound and build,  I’m excited to move on to another project. I’ve settled on trying my hand at a resonator /dobro three string CBG or ukulele.ive got the plastic back and wooden neck from a child’s guitar (slightly larger than a concert ukulele) and the base from an ancient-looking spring-form cake pan. The pan is just a flat circular bit of metal kinda like a paint can lid but a bit thicker - about 1-2mm I…See More
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Homemade Dobros

"It don't mean a thang, if it ain't got that clang!!!"We're discussing homemade dobro ideas.  From dog bowls to paint can lids and whatever else you can dream up...we wanna see it!  What do you use on your cigar box guitars to get that metal sound?  Do you have a technique that projects sound like a dobro? Let's hear it!  See More
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How loud can we make it?

bring on the home made resonators. tips tricks plans and songs.
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Help with scale length and string gauge on small lapsteel guitar

Posted on July 27, 2019 at 10:00am 5 Comments

So many questions...I'm thinking of building something that resembles a miniature lap steel guitar . Here's what I'm thinking -

* 6 string instrument tuned open D 

* very short scale length (roundabouts a concert/tenor ukulele size - around 23 - 26"

* no electrics, just a deep resonator box made from very thin plywood.

It's more of an experiment than anything else but I'm really stuck with what gauge strings to use. I've always used medium-light strings on my…

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