01-24-2013 03:04 PM - edited 01-24-2013 03:12 PM
I tend to prefer playing slide lap style. I play a Regal square neck in traditional bluegrass "high G" tuning. Got it from Elderly 10-12 yrs ago. I upgraded it with a spun cone, aluminum spider, and a better bridge insert. Its no Sheerhorn, but it sounds pretty good. I also have a Chandler 6 str lap steel. I started out on C6 tuning with it, but kinda gave up on that, its an unusual tuning and I never really got comfortable with it. So I strung it the same as my Regal, GBDGBD.bluegrass style.
One of these days Id like to get a round neck metal body of some kind.
01-24-2013 05:19 PM - edited 01-24-2013 05:20 PM
I've made one of my own lap steels, and modified one for someone here (Travvybear) out of an old SX, and have a couple more in progress.
My first one, made almost 10 years ago is on the left:
Below is the mod'd SX:
01-27-2013 07:57 AM
01-28-2013 07:44 PM
I got a Rogue lap steel as a gift last year, and i only ever played it once. I've fiddled around with a slide on my resonator, a Regal round neck, but i haven't put much time into that either. I really should try it out more.
02-12-2013 07:07 AM
03-07-2013 04:52 PM - edited 03-07-2013 04:53 PM
I have several electric lap steels, but this old squarenecked Oahu acoustic Hawaiian guitar is my favorite...the previous owner installed the magnetic p/u and, fortunately, didn't hurt the tone. Sounds a lot like a Dobro plugged in.
Tuned to Open E, and most likely made by Kay, it dates to the 30s.
03-20-2013 01:23 PM - edited 03-20-2013 01:24 PM
I have a couple of square neck resonators at home. One has the name "Tut" on the headstock, but I do not believe it has anything to do with Tut Taylor. I keep it tuned to bluegrass G (GBDGBD). I have added a Lace Sensor Resophonic pickup as well as a Fishman Classic Series Resophonic pickup, each having a separate output. This guitar is super fun to perform live with.
The other has no name on the headstock. I keep it tuned to open D (DADF#AD). I don't play it as often as I would like, and I think some thicker strings would benefit the lower tuning more.
I love playing dobro. I have neck problems, so I prefer to use it live on a keyboard stand I have instead of trying to wear it on a strap around my neck. It adds a lot to a live performance.
I also have a lap steel made by a friend of mine. While it seems somewhat crude by design, it functions well and sounds good.
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