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    Well, after a couple posts back and forth with Tommy, I decided to pick up a lap Steel. "A lap Steel?" You ask. Well yeah. Ever since i picked up Floyd's Delicate Sound of Thunder back in 88', and saw Gilmour playing slide with this killer sound on One of These Days, I wanted to A, build one, or B obviously buy one. Well over the years, I have not seen any around except in boutiquey shops that want an arm and a leg. Well, I was looking for something at my local music shop last Thursday, and I came across this cool looking lap steel. It's a Chinese made Gretsch Electromatic, with a gorgeous black and funky metal flake paint. immaculate finish. It's got very traditional deco styling cues on the fingerboard, plexi contro cover, traditional Gretsch knobs, Has a Gretsch single coil pickup which is surprisingly quiet (even quieter than some humbuckers quite honestly) The hardware is as you'd expect fairly bare bones. Nothing fancy, but the tuners are rock solid. I read a review about it where some guy ordered it from musicians Friend or some place and it arrived in tune. I thought sure, but I gotta tell ya, I've been putting her through the paces, and I have not had to retune at all, so I beleive him now! Well at any rate, it's been a blast to play. It's a totally fun instrument. I've been jamming "Standing at the Same Old Crossroads" (sammy Hagar) as well as some trippy shit by Kaki King. I've been playing mainly in open E and Hawaiian bass A. Wondering if any of you know any other tunings that are cool to wail around with.
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    Here's a couple pics showing the two current models. Black/metal flake and Tobacco burst


    It's a real cool little instrument. I always have reservations about some of these offshore models, and scruples about not buying North American, but sometimes common sense wins. Most Gretsch (owned by Fender) stuff is built offshore nowadays anyway. For the price I could not go wrong. It'll ad some cool color to some tunes I'm working on too. It's just another great tool for inspiration.
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    haaa, you took the plunge and bought one...Kudos my friend, i'm still sourcing the wood to build mine (mahog or maybe even ash).
    as for tunings try G or D any of the regular guitar tunings will work on a lap steel. it's a beuat man i hope you really enjoy it while im stuck in my shed trying to figure out just where the hell the bridge is supposed to go...lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by tommywho5150 View Post
    haaa, you took the plunge and bought one...Kudos my friend, i'm still sourcing the wood to build mine (mahog or maybe even ash).
    as for tunings try G or D any of the regular guitar tunings will work on a lap steel. it's a beuat man i hope you really enjoy it while im stuck in my shed trying to figure out just where the hell the bridge is supposed to go...lol
    Thanks Tommy. The pics are'nt mine. I could not post last night, (could'nt log on to the links; kept getting server error messages) so I just found some online. I'll post some of mine,even though it's the same thing, but better angles, along with some other gear I've aquired as of late. Yeah I just jammed on it at the store, and weighed the options. First, It's already solid mahogany, (The wood I would have used anyway) and secondly to buy/fabricate and chrome the hardware (nut, bridge, ferrels and guides), well I'd already be in 3 bills with what I would have chosen. So I said what the hell, and saved myself at least a third of what I would have paid out for a build. Can't argue with that. It is what it is. I've still yet to have to retune once and I play for pretty long intervals, and pretty agressive. Thanks for the info on the tunings. I've got a link to a shitload of 'em, but I just wanted to know what any of you consider the most useable hard rock kinda tunings. Like I said, I'm mainly open E right now, and low bass Hawaiian A which sounds kinda cool distorted. My uncle used to play wicked slide with that tuning. I'll try G and D.
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    thats cool brah, i kinda got into slide early on. my dad listened and played a lot of blues, so it was kinda in my blood. i have a strat set up perfectly but i've always yearned for a lap steel, but like you said earlier they can be hard to come by at a reasonable cost.
    i'm opting to make mine as simple as possible, fabricate my own nut and only 'mark' the fretboard instead of installing frets i have seen some cheap tune-o-matic type bridges that i intend to use and i have a bunch of tuners that are fit for purpose, i'm not gonna do a fancy finish or anything maybe just leave the wood bare, just something im gonna have fun with, also if i screw it up it's not a whole load of ball ache.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLEEPER5150 View Post
    Here's a couple pics showing the two current models. Black/metal flake and Tobacco burst


    It's a real cool little instrument. I always have reservations about some of these offshore models, and scruples about not buying North American, but sometimes common sense wins. Most Gretsch (owned by Fender) stuff is built offshore nowadays anyway. For the price I could not go wrong. It'll ad some cool color to some tunes I'm working on too. It's just another great tool for inspiration.
    That is a great little lap steel !! looks great, just get some of Jerry Douglas on the cd player for some great inspiration !! saw him play over here at the "Celtic Connections", the guy is Ed Van Halen on slide .

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