Three + years of Lap Steels

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Project by Bob Morris posted 09-16-2007 04:56 PM 2169 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, just tooting my own horn. Pictured is about 3 or four years evolution of my building Lapsteel guitars. For those who don’t know, a Lapsteel sounds much like the more common pedal steel, though it is a much simpler instrument to build. It is played with a bar and finger & thumb picks. They were very popular in the 30’s and 40’s playing Hawaiian music. As showen in the picture lapsteels take various shapes. The red double neck, 6 strings is my latest. Laps are also built with 8 and 10 strings.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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#1 posted 09-16-2007 05:00 PM

Very cool Bob. How do they sound?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 09-16-2007 05:01 PM

Those are some great looking instruments! I pick a little but you guys who can build them and make them sound so good are amazing to me. I never learned to play a steel but I sure do like to have one around with a good picker. Thanks Bob.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-16-2007 05:13 PM

As always, Bob, holding to your high standard! Really nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 09-16-2007 07:29 PM

Great looking Bob. A nice series.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#5 posted 09-16-2007 08:14 PM

Bob –
You say evolution – did you move from the bar to the guitar look or the other way?

-- Marge, Colorado

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#6 posted 09-16-2007 08:17 PM

Thanks for the kind comments. They all sound pretty good, but if you want to check out a really good player go to my web site, the links page and watch Rick Alexander.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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#7 posted 09-16-2007 08:31 PM

Marge, the evolution is from right to left, the first one (wine colored) is a 2”x5” with the various parts attached.

-- Bob Morris, Ohio,

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#8 posted 09-17-2007 03:00 AM

My first guitar lessons wer on a lap steel.
I wont tell you exactly when that was!

Nice work Bob.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 08:21 PM

Absolutely fantastic! This is a future project for me. I’ve built cigar box guitars and a Telecaster from a kit, but a lap steel is my ultimate guitar build.
Where did you get the plans or did they come out of your head?
Do you prefer one wood over another?

btw, the link did not work for some reason.

-- Mike

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