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 Welcome one and all! This group is devoted to the players and fans of lap and console steel guitar and those wonderful instruments. Lap steels were at the cutting edge of guitar technology in the early thirties and ushered in the dawn of the electric guitar age. Rapid design development brought us the double neck, triple neck and even quad necked instruments along with numerous string arrangements that were quickly embedded in Hawaiian, country, western swing, big band and early rock and roll music. Players of the time developed countless tunings in an attempt to find a unique voice for themselves leaving behind the bewildering array of tuning options we know today. These incredible guitars always had a high degree of individualism that allowed the players to create a unique musical personality that still appeals to many of us today. 

Please share your thoughts, questions and instruments with this group. We can all learn from each others experience with these fantastic instruments!


Steel Guitar Amps

Started by Guitar Dan. Last reply by Dustin Farnum Jul 10. 12 Replies

  This is a subject I'd like to get some input on. I've been a guitar player for the last 45 years. I've lost count of the amps I've owned (I figure it's near 70.). I would buy and sell them on a…Continue

Building Consoles

Started by Joey Payne Jun 5. 0 Replies

Hi all.I meant to put a post up here regarding Building Consoles a few days ago but not thinking straight actually sent a message about my query to all members. My apologies to all members and thanks…Continue

Tone Pot For Stringmaster Style Wiring

Started by Joey Payne. Last reply by Joey Payne May 24. 4 Replies

Hi guys. I am about to build a lap steel using 2 Stringmaster style pickups. These are 2 single coils with 1 volume, 1 tone and 1 pickup blend pot. On old Stringmaster wiring diagrams the volume and…Continue


Started by Joey Payne. Last reply by Joey Payne Apr 10. 4 Replies

I'm an the old lead guitarist that took to lap steel and slowly making progress as I dont get a lot of time to practice but I know practice makes perfect. One  on the problems I have is where I pinch…Continue

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Comment by Rockne Riddlebarger on June 1, 2014 at 10:59am

I completed the construction and installation of the permanent fretboards for my custom steel guitar today. I've been using the ones from an old Deeks steel since I finished building this guitar 14 months ago. I'm pleased with them, they are painted acrylic plastic.

Comment by Joey Payne on May 12, 2014 at 12:08am


Hi guys. I am about to build a lap steel using 2 Stringmaster style pickups. These are 2 single coils with 1 volume, 1 tone and 1 pickup blend pot. On old wiring diagrams the volume and blend pots are 250k ohms but the diagram shows the tone pot as 1meg. Now I know the standard with most is 250k pots for single coils and 500k for humbuckers. I also know that it's not mandatory to go that way. I'm just wondering guys what you would use. I was actually thinking of using a 500k pot for the tone instead of the 1 meg. The pickups are each wound to about 8.7k ohms. Just curious about your thoughts on resistance value of tone pot.

Comment by phillip vaught on May 7, 2014 at 12:10pm

thanks larry

Comment by Larry Leroy McFall on May 7, 2014 at 11:52am

Phillip, the Volume Pedal should work just fine without any special consideration. Are you experiencing a specific problem that is not related to the guitar not putting any sound? As long as it has the capabilities to put sound out the amplifier, the Volume Pedal connected between the guitar and the Amp should work providing the pedal is in good shape. I have had plenty pedals go bad over the years.

Comment by phillip vaught on May 7, 2014 at 11:23am

Any helpful suggestions on a volume pedal for an old vintage roy smeck lap steel?

Comment by Rockne Riddlebarger on May 1, 2014 at 7:49am

STEEL GUITAR OF THE MONTH..MAY 2014  National Triple-neck Hawaiian produced from 1953 to 1960. Three 8 string necks, staggered tiers, four legs and a stunning black and white finish.

Comment by Rockne Riddlebarger on April 17, 2014 at 7:51am

Guitar Birthdays! One year ago yesterday I strung up my custom double neck for the first time. Thirteen years ago today my Jerry Douglas model Dobro was given it's serial number at the Gibson Nashville factory.

Comment by Joseph Guida on April 12, 2014 at 7:31am

Hi Merv and Larry,Thank you for the compliments.  I saw this triple neck a ebay a few months ago after it didn't sell I made the fellow an offer and bought it. I later spoke to him and it was like we knew each other for years. As most of you know when two guitars players get together nothing else matters,  but guitars and music. He told me he bought it ten years ago and never played it, he couldn't get into 8 string steel guitar. I always wanted a triple neck as you all can see in the pic of me with my double neck fender. Jody played it and loved the sound and condition it was in.  

Comment by Merv Tippe on April 11, 2014 at 5:29pm
That certainly does appear to be a classic steel and one well maintained. Have you ever uploaded something you have played on it? Must sound as sweet as it looks.
Comment by Larry Leroy McFall on April 11, 2014 at 3:08pm

I love your 1957 Fender T8 Stringmaster. I have a 1957 D8 Stringmaster that has just become part of me. In my 64 years of playing the steel guitar, this steel is the best one that I have ever had. You have something you can be proud of. Larry Leroy McFall.


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