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Blue Haze Lap Steel #5

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Project by drbyte posted 10-21-2011 10:32 PM 2187 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Blue Haze Lap Steel Number 5. Martin Dobro strings tuned to open G. Base and neck are Hickory. Make a real nice job, loads and loads of sustain, but very hard to work with, tears out real easy and burns real fast. Machine heads are Bubinga with sealed chrome tuners. They are glued (TiteBond II) and screwed to base. The bridge and nut are aluminum angle, 1.25×1.25x.125inches. Scale length is 560mm (approx 22”). String spacing is 10mm. Pick up trim plate is Red Oak. Single coil pickup. Steel bar is home-made too. Has a great sound and like I said loads of sustain. Really enjoy playing this one. As always, any and all questions and comments are welcome!

-- Dennis, WV





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 10-21-2011 10:41 PM

You will certainly appreciate it more because you made it your self. Glad it turned out so good. That was a nice job you did to make it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Porchfish

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#2 posted 10-21-2011 10:46 PM

Sure wish I could play one , then I’d have a reason to make it …Looks great…

your north florida friend don s.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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JJohnston

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 01:58 AM

How about a video?

-- "Sorry I'm late. Somebody tampered with my brakes." "You should have been early, then."

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jumbojack

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 02:18 AM

That is sooooo nice Dennis. I sure would like to hear it.

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

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drbyte

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#5 posted 10-22-2011 03:46 AM

Thanks for the great comments guys. I have as much fun making them and can make them better than I can play. I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to do a video. Soon I hope.

-- Dennis, WV

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jjw5858

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#6 posted 10-22-2011 03:09 PM

This is awesome! Great job on this, I also have to ask….video????....Gotta hear it!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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nobuckle

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 04:51 PM

That’s really cool! I agree with some of the others, a video with you playing would be great. About the pickup, did you wind it yourself?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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HallTree

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 05:47 AM

I have wanted to make one of these and the only thing that I have brought so far is a board of Hickory for the neck. I chose Hickory because it is by far the strongest wood (according to the following web site):
http://workshopcompanion.com/KnowHow/Design/NatureofWood/3WoodStrength/3WoodStrength.htm
I do not have any plans. I don’t know much about a ‘coil pickup’. Do you know of a web site that has a lot of info on a Lap Steel and how to make one ?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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drbyte

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#9 posted 10-24-2011 05:16 AM

Best source for parts is CB Gitty. He has the pickups and tuners for really great prices. SteelGuitarbuilder forum has pretty good info but they don’t talk much to us newbies. Just have to read thru some of the stuff. Cigarbox nation is also a great resource. Hickory is strong and gives good sustain but is hard to work. Check out http://www.cigarboxnation.com/ and http://www.cbgitty.com/ and http://steelguitarbuilder.com/forum/index.php You should join the nation and the forum, and Gitty will take real good care of you. Good luck. Keep in touch. I’d be glad to help if I can. And by the way, http://www.stewmac.com/FretCalculator has the greatest fret position calculator. Hint: its much easier to do the fretboard in metric than inches, I did a blog on it at: http://www.cigarboxnation.com/profiles/blogs/fret-scale-templateaccurate.

-- Dennis, WV

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drbyte

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#10 posted 10-24-2011 05:17 AM

Thanks nobuckle. I did not wind this one but I have others. I have made a coil winder that mounts on my 9×20 metal lathe.

-- Dennis, WV

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Charlie1

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#11 posted 10-24-2011 03:37 PM

Dennis,
Great job as usual with your projects. We still have to go to lunch soon.
I saw Mick and Greg a couple weeks ago. They were in the same store but were not together. I’ll try to call you this week.

Charlie H.

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Dallas

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#12 posted 10-24-2011 03:57 PM

Good Looking Lap Steel!
I have one that was built in the late 40’s or early 50’s and would love to learn how to play it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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drbyte

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#13 posted 10-24-2011 04:40 PM

Thanks Charlie! Call me soon, just waitin’ to hit the buffet line!

-- Dennis, WV

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HallTree

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#14 posted 10-25-2011 04:24 AM

Thanks Dennis for reference info on the web sites. They will be a great help.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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