Members Elias Posted January 23, 2010 Members Share Posted January 23, 2010 The answer to the question that no one was asking is 'yes, it can be done'. Warning: if you are a fan of beautiful woodworking and craftsmanship, I'd suggest you either lower your standards for a few minutes or just stop reading now... this thing is ugly as sin. I guess this was inspired in equal parts by the thing Jack White builds in the intro to It Might Get Loud, and by seeing the beautiful instruments Quarter has built and wanting to give lap steels a try. (Hopefully it's not an insult to Quarter to say that his work inspired this!) I had all the parts laying around from an LP build that I've had to put on hold and figured why not whip something up and put them to use. I grabbed a 2x4 and spent about 90 minutes with a drill, a router, and a handsaw and created this: Yes, this really is a complete hack job. I can honestly say that it's ugly on purpose. It's a miracle that the tailpiece actually stays in, and yes that is masking tape holding the volume pot in place. The pickup is a killer P-90 from bg-pups.com, and it honestly deserves a much better fate than to spend it's life in this abomination. I've got the thing tuned to open A at the moment and have had a blast busting out some really sloppy blues riffs. This thing honestly doesn't sound that bad, but all the credit for that needs to go to the pickup. Feel free to ridicule this as much as you want! Besides the shoddy workmanship, there are some really stupid design flaws (the tailpiece, the tuners touch the floor when I lay it down, etc...). Oh well, this was nothing more than a fun way to spend some time as well as a cheap way to try my hand at playing some lap steel. Eventually all the parts will be reclaimed and find a proper home, but in the meantime I'm actually enjoying this monstrosity! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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