Blue Haze Lap Steel-Dobro 3

  • Advertise with us
Project by drbyte posted 10-03-2011 04:17 PM 2151 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest lap steel-Dobro tuning. Three cigar boxes glued end to end with Maple neck straight through. Gold plated tuners. Six strings with pickup. Aluminum bridge (grounded to jack). Corian nut. 570 mm (approx 22.5”) scale. Fret markers are black ‘pin-striping’ tape. Pop rivets for string ferrules. Plays good with good volume. Pretty fun build but this one took a lot of time for some reason. Built for a cousin who is learning/playing Dobro. Tuned to open ‘G’ (GBDGBD). Danish oil finish on all exposed maple. Output jack is in end just slightly below and to the right of the neck in pic 4. Sorry for the poor pics, they were taken with an iPad, all I had with me on an out of town trip and I forgot to photograph this one before leaving town. Didn’t get strings on it till about midnight the night before leaving. Thanks for looking and as always comments and critique are welcome.

-- Dennis, WV

7 comments so far

View jumbojack's profile


1674 posts in 2588 days

#1 posted 10-03-2011 04:32 PM

That is freakin awesome! Is the saddle metal? Good call on the pop rivets. Oh and by the way we are working on a bag pipe.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

View drbyte's profile


789 posts in 4026 days

#2 posted 10-03-2011 05:37 PM

Thanks JumboJack. The saddle/bridge is 1”x1” alum angle with one leg cut down to 3/4”. Can’t wait to see your pipes!

-- Dennis, WV

View mountain934's profile


113 posts in 2600 days

#3 posted 10-03-2011 05:42 PM

Super nice…as a builder of cigar box stringed instruments myself… You came up with a great design…conqrats on a job weel done!!

-- R.S.Bretz, Pa.

View Mark A. DeCou's profile

Mark A. DeCou

2008 posts in 4370 days

#4 posted 10-03-2011 05:42 PM

what a talent you are.
Good work as usual,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

View drbyte's profile


789 posts in 4026 days

#5 posted 10-03-2011 09:10 PM

Thanks Randy and Mark!!

-- Dennis, WV

View DeAnnia's profile


1 post in 2389 days

#6 posted 10-06-2011 05:30 PM

Great job as always! You are so talented! Glad to have you as a co-worker and friend!

View drbyte's profile


789 posts in 4026 days

#7 posted 10-07-2011 04:52 AM

Thanks Dee!!

-- Dennis, WV

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics