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"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"."
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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"
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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"…"
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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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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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