Hollow neck lap steel guitar

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Project by mountain934 posted 03-08-2011 09:15 PM 3803 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This instrument is made from an old silverware box as the body with a 3 piece neck. The neck is made square with an oak bottom and two pieces of cherry as sides and exotic paduak for the fretboard. There`s a soundport in the peghead and the other ends inside the body. One of my own custom made bridges with a rod piezo pickup in it. A Ted Crocker downunder hand wound pickup with on a redwood burl spacer also adds some electric`s to it.The three main woods used in this instrument are…Paduak, cherry and red oak. It has a 24” scale length, 4 strings. Gold finished tuners and fret wire. Bone top nut and bridge saddle.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 09:22 PM

So ho ho ho ho incredibly cool. I don’t know what more to say. It’s really a joy to admire.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 09:24 PM

A hollow neck? Won’t that warp? Like the materials !

-- Nothing's just gets expensive

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 09:52 PM

why do you lift the string so much from neck just before the disapear in to the adjuster
the spades I have play´d on deffently don´t have so much space between the strings
and the gribboard/neck …. looks werd to me
but ells a beauty of a spade :-)


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#4 posted 03-08-2011 10:07 PM

Pretty darn cool

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 11:56 PM

Too Beautiful! Should be areal joy to play, own this fine instrument!

-- Dennis, WV

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#6 posted 03-09-2011 02:30 AM

That is, as my kids would say “off the hook” cool, I wished this site had audio. Build more post more!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 03-09-2011 11:08 PM

Another awesome instrument from Randy S Bretz. He is a true craftsman that makes musically functional art. Visit Randy's page at the Handmade Music Clubhouse, a network of builders & players of all types of home made instruments. Warning: this is a highly addictive hobby!

-- Make some sawdust & make some music!

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#8 posted 03-10-2011 12:04 AM

I can honestly say that I have never seen anything like this, but I love it. Exactly what kind of guitar is it? I’m curious because of the four strings. And like Dennis, I’d like to know why the upper bridge is so high, if you wouldn’t mind sharing with us. I was thinking that it may be a slide instrument….. not sure. Glad you posted. Really enjoyed this one.
- JJ

Edit: Well…. duh…. I see in the main line you said it was a steel guitar, so I guess it is to be used with a slide right? I just looked at the other post of yours, man . . . . you are good. Love your stuff.

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 01:41 AM

It`s a lap steel guitar or slide guitar. The reason the nut is so high is when I first made it, it only had the bridge on. But a good friend of mine made me that pickup there at the end of the fretboard. But it had to sit a 1/4” from the strings. So to make it work right I had to set it on a spacer, plus make the nut higher to give the proper height. It`s designed on the tenor guitar scale…24” scale length. Some players also call it a short scale slide guitar.

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

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