Members SiloScience Posted March 17, 2010 Members Share Posted March 17, 2010 Pardon my crappy grammar. I was raised on public schooling, Warner Bros. Saturday morning cartoons, and fast food (so what's your excuse?). Anyhow, recently I have been informed by my Dr. at the VA that I must give up guitar playing (old shoulder injury that is not getting any better ... in fact a referral to the pain clinic is the next step). Do you have ANY idea how much that crushes a person? After skulking around and whining about it like a little punk for a few days, I remembered Perry. Perry was literally the kid across the street that I knew in High School (late 70's) who was diagnosed with "Osgood Shlater's disease" in his knees. A calcium deposit issue or something. I don't know if I spelled that right, but in short his doc told him he had to quit riding a bicycle completely. This was 1976, the absolute height of the birth of the newest crazes ... BMX racing and skateboarding. Urethane wheels had only just come out for 'boards and all new rthings were possible. It was a grand time for either sport. Glad I was there So anyway, Perry just couldn't quit riding .. something .. anything. So, he took up the unicycle. It wasn't a "bicycle", so in his mind he was being obedient to his doc's orders. A bit of a stretch on them, but technically he wasn't riding a "bike". That dude could do more shit on a friggin one-wheeler than a lot of kids could do a skateboard! I was inspired by the memory of my friend Perry...... So I decided to convert my axes to lap-steels. My shoulder thing is from the weight of the axe around my neck. So I just plopped my Tele on a keyboard stand and called it soup. So far it's been a 100% success. It's weird, a $139 Dean Evo with a completely shit neck ... just jacked up the TOM, raised the pickups a little bit, and BANG .... one baddassed lap steel! Those dark/hot pickups work very well for that Ben Harper and the Relentless Seven type sound. Yummy. My SG works well in this manner as well. :blah: :blah: :bor: Anyhow ... :poke: ... (sorry for the poke ... just seeing if you were awake!) my question is: Why is it on most lap steels there is no provision to adjust intonation? Even some of the "hot rod" parts for Teles to convert them to slide-only use include a one-piece *bar* replacement saddle for vintage Tele bridges. Just because we're using a *movable fret* doesn't negate intonation needs ... um ... or does it? Duh. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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