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  Topic: Is Difficulty Playing on Lap a Common Problem?
Noah Miller

Replies: 4
Views: 157

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 24 Sep 2017 4:27 pm   Subject: Is Difficulty Playing on Lap a Common Problem?
I find that the seat is critical. It needs to be just the right height and have the right amount of cushioning. My back feels a lot better after shows now that I invested in a drum throne.
  Topic: Conqueror D8 possibly made by Guyatone?
Noah Miller

Replies: 11
Views: 709

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Sep 2017 3:11 pm   Subject: Conqueror D8 possibly made by Guyatone?
Yes, Conqueror was made in Japan in the same factory as Guyatone, Teisco, Jedson, Aria, and others.

Guyatone and Teisco were two separate factories. Arias from this period came from a third, Matsum ...
  Topic: All metal lap steel,s
Noah Miller

Replies: 10
Views: 995

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 8 Sep 2017 1:59 am   Subject: All metal lap steel,s
In addition to those already named, there was one from Vega:

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/userpix1504/9094_01_28.jpg

Those are all the ones I know of. Trotmore came along in the early '50s, an ...
  Topic: My favorite accessory--stools are cool!
Noah Miller

Replies: 5
Views: 629

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Aug 2017 6:15 am   Subject: My favorite accessory--stools are cool!
I find that seat height matters a lot, especially if the steel is on my lap (not on its own legs). If it's at the wrong height, after a couple of hours of balancing the steel while keeping one foot on ...
  Topic: Can anyone identify this bridge?
Noah Miller

Replies: 5
Views: 615

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Aug 2017 3:11 am   Subject: Can anyone identify this bridge?
It's from the post-War Kay-built version of the Oahu Tonemaster:

http://curtisnovak.com/vintage/Oahu-Tonemaster/2.jpg
http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/userpix1504/13482_pickup2_1.jpg
  Topic: Info needed on Gibson 6-string #007316
Noah Miller

Replies: 5
Views: 341

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Aug 2017 3:44 pm   Subject: Info needed on Gibson 6-string #007316
It's one of the last Centuries, 1966-7. I used to have one [url=http://oldfrets.com/GibsonCentury.html]just like it.
  Topic: Who Made This Tonemaster??
Noah Miller

Replies: 7
Views: 533

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Aug 2017 2:25 pm   Subject: Who Made This Tonemaster??
Yup, Valco. It's not an Oahu Tonemaster; this was a brand name used by English Electronics of Lansing, MI on the guitars they sold.
  Topic: OAHU Diana Deluxe 1940's ~ VG Cond SOLD !! FF COMING
Noah Miller

Replies: 6
Views: 756

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 14 Aug 2017 5:35 am   Subject: OAHU Diana Deluxe 1940's ~ VG Cond SOLD !! FF COMING
What's the switch on the back? I've never seen that before.

It cuts the volume, along with some of the treble. The 1941 Oahu catalog called it a "touch control", saying it "gives th ...
  Topic: Blade VS Shoe Clinesmith pickup
Noah Miller

Replies: 5
Views: 712

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 12 Aug 2017 11:18 am   Subject: Blade VS Shoe Clinesmith pickup
I can compare Clinesmith's Bigsby pickup to an original Rick pickup, but not Clinesmith's horseshoe pickup. For those two, I agree with Cartwright. The Rick has more cutting power and more pronounced ...
  Topic: Del Vecchio electric steels
Noah Miller

Replies: 2
Views: 381

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Jul 2017 8:46 am   Subject: Del Vecchio electric steels
I know that a few builders moved away from Brazilian rosewood at the end of the '60s, but according to Del Vecchio's http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/userpix1504/9094_679719024229526_1.jpg
  Topic: Del Vecchio electric steels
Noah Miller

Replies: 2
Views: 381

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Jul 2017 6:25 am   Subject: Del Vecchio electric steels
As part of my never-ending quest to uncover the coolest old steels in existence, I've snagged this Brazilian creation. I remember when it was on sale in an NYC store a few years ago, but today I saw i ...
  Topic: Difference between "Oahu Tonemaster" and "Tonemaster" only
Noah Miller

Replies: 6
Views: 580

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Jul 2017 3:49 am   Subject: Difference between "Oahu Tonemaster" and "Tonemaster" only
Valco made the later Tonemasters, but both of these pics show earlier Kay-built ones. I don't know which of these logos came first, though.
  Topic: Oahu Tonemaster???
Noah Miller

Replies: 3
Views: 466

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Jul 2017 2:03 am   Subject: Oahu Tonemaster???
This version was built by Kay. It was replaced by a Valco-built version by 1953.
  Topic: 1965 National New Yorker
Noah Miller

Replies: 0
Views: 764

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 17 Jul 2017 12:38 pm   Subject: 1965 National New Yorker
SOLD!

I've decided to let one more go. This is a 1965 National New Yorker, one of the last generation before the model was discontinued in 1967. This version has two under-string pickups hidden und ...
  Topic: 1942 National New Yorker 7-string
Noah Miller

Replies: 6
Views: 1124

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 17 Jul 2017 12:15 pm   Subject: 1942 National New Yorker 7-string
The steel is sold. I'll ask Bob to close it once it reaches the buyer.

In case anyone is still curious, here's the case:


http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/userpix1504/9094_IMG_9563_1.jpg
http:// ...
  Topic: 1942 National New Yorker 7-string
Noah Miller

Replies: 6
Views: 1124

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 17 Jul 2017 3:13 am   Subject: 1942 National New Yorker 7-string
As part of an ongoing attempt to downsize my collection, I'm offering this steel for sale. It's a 1942 National New Yorker, one of the last 7-strings offered by National. It has a first-generation str ...
  Topic: Rickenbacher B6 with unoriginal tone control
Noah Miller

Replies: 4
Views: 736

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jul 2017 2:02 am   Subject: Rickenbacher B6 with unoriginal tone control
It's very easy to re-wire a volume pot into a tone pot with the addition of a capacitor.
  Topic: "American" brand 6-string -- Has anyone ever seen these?
Noah Miller

Replies: 5
Views: 809

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Jul 2017 6:10 am   Subject: "American" brand 6-string -- Has anyone ever seen these?
Would like to know how many American "KEH" lap steels like this one still survive out there.

There's at least one more - [url=http://guitars.com/inventory/eu2909-c-1947-american-lap-steel ...
  Topic: Any savant recognize this National ?
Noah Miller

Replies: 7
Views: 953

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 8 Jul 2017 5:17 pm   Subject: Any savant recognize this National ?
Here's a page from the 1960 Oahu catalog. This model was never catalogued under the National name, but Valco never cared much for catalog specs anyway, so nobody really knows everything that's out the ...
  Topic: Trying to find some connection
Noah Miller

Replies: 1
Views: 373

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 7 Jul 2017 3:28 am   Subject: Trying to find some connection
When you say "engraved", do you mean a factory job or scratched in by the owner? I probably can't help with the name either way, but I'm always interested in customized Nationals.
  Topic: Any savant recognize this National ?
Noah Miller

Replies: 7
Views: 953

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Jul 2017 3:20 pm   Subject: Any savant recognize this National ?
The National brand was owned by Valco; they're effectively one and the same. When the National-Dobro Corporation was purchased by a few of its employees in 1942, they changed the name to Valco and kep ...
  Topic: Vintage Encore Lap
Noah Miller

Replies: 3
Views: 683

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Jul 2017 2:28 pm   Subject: Vintage Encore Lap
It's not a lap steel, or at least it didn't start out as one. It's a cheap Japanese guitar from the 1970s that's been through a band saw.
  Topic: Any savant recognize this National ?
Noah Miller

Replies: 7
Views: 953

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Jul 2017 10:42 am   Subject: Any savant recognize this National ?
It's a model 1065 "Student Hawaiian". These were catalogued in the late 1950s, but the decal logo on that one is from the mid-late 1960s. It may have been a "floor sweep" model to ...
  Topic: Electric Steel Guitar Trivia (from the REVERB.com site)
Noah Miller

Replies: 1
Views: 439

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 2 Jul 2017 4:22 pm   Subject: Re: Electric Steel Guitar Trivia (from the REVERB.com site)
The design sacrificed natural acoustic tone — a major sticking point for manufacturers like National, Gibson, and Dobro

I have heard that they didn't care so much about the sound, but National wa ...
  Topic: Paul Tutmarc inventor of the Electric Guitar?
Noah Miller

Replies: 7
Views: 1093

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 29 Jun 2017 7:36 am   Subject: Paul Tutmarc inventor of the Electric Guitar?
There were a lot of folks developing electric instruments in the early 1930s. Tutmarc was one of the pioneers, but there's no reason to think he was the first.

He probably was the first to create a ...
 
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