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  Topic: Reso Coverplate Suggestions
Robert Allen

Replies: 5
Views: 457

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Feb 2017 5:56 pm   Subject: Reso Coverplate Suggestions
I've bought a few of these Saga Golden Gate coverplates. They aren't high enough to get above the spider on many reso's. I don't happen to have one in stock at this time so I can't measure it. It migh ...
  Topic: Scale length using slants?
Robert Allen

Replies: 5
Views: 496

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 18 Feb 2017 8:36 am   Subject: Scale length using slants?
Any gain or loss would only be at the ends of the fretboard. With a 22 inch scale the distance from the nut to the first fret is 1.235". On a 25 inch scale the distance is approximately the same ...
  Topic: What style do you play?
Robert Allen

Replies: 30
Views: 1586

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 18 Feb 2017 7:02 am   Subject: What style do you play?
Why did you exclude bluegrass? Many, if not most, reso players are into bluegrass.
  Topic: OK - so how does one start?
Robert Allen

Replies: 23
Views: 861

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Feb 2017 10:38 am   Subject: OK - so how does one start?
Kind of hate to post this, since I make steels and a few other people here do too, but anything to help a player get steeling! A little web searching and you'll find some incredible cheap steels. Some ...
  Topic: OK - so how does one start?
Robert Allen

Replies: 23
Views: 861

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 13 Feb 2017 4:44 pm   Subject: OK - so how does one start?
Does Robert Allen have a website?

Yes, he sure does: www.melbert.guitars

email: melbertguitars@gmail.com
  Topic: cutting nut slots
Robert Allen

Replies: 6
Views: 387

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 2 Feb 2017 9:13 am   Subject: cutting nut slots
I use the Stew Mac gauges for guitar, banjo and other fretted instruments but not for lap steels. My viewpoint is that it's nice to have the same slant angle at a given fret no matter which strings ar ...
  Topic: Question on string spacing
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 875

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 1 Feb 2017 1:33 pm   Subject: Question on string spacing
I would like find an 8 or 10 string pedal steel or lap steel instrument that has an even 3/8" spacing.

Here's an 8-string Melbert with 3/8" spacing at both the bridge and the nut.

ht ...
  Topic: Question on string spacing
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 875

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 31 Jan 2017 10:42 am   Subject: Question on string spacing
I don't think many or customer's builders know the difference. They learn to live with whatever setup they get.

I use the same on mine sizes on mine for that reason but I requested it and it didn't ...
  Topic: Question on string spacing
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 875

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 31 Jan 2017 7:56 am   Subject: Question on string spacing
Many custom builders in the USA make them with the same string spacing on both ends. However, a large percentage of customers are price grinders who don't want to pay for what they want. In the end, p ...
  Topic: Rick B6 with Inconsistent String Spacings (Repairable?)
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 1039

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Jan 2017 7:06 am   Subject: Rick B6 with Inconsistent String Spacings (Repairable?)
Properly gauged nut files are highly recommended. If you're going to submit a Stew-Mac order, I would definitely recommend getting one of these. Although expensive, I consider mine indispensable:

h ...
  Topic: Lap steel stand
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 1218

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 13 Jan 2017 9:01 am   Subject: Lap steel stand
What kind of stand do lap players use when they aren't playing, such as during intermission? I've tried a bunch of different guitar and banjo stands but they either don't fit or they tip over easily.
  Topic: Is this comedy or for real?
Robert Allen

Replies: 20
Views: 1547

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 12 Jan 2017 5:11 pm   Subject: Is this comedy or for real?
Hi Bob, yes, Look Park is about three miles from my house! I've played there a few times in the outdoor theater and in the banquet hall. I played my Fender quad on that gig.

Ah yes, the outdoor the ...
  Topic: Is this comedy or for real?
Robert Allen

Replies: 20
Views: 1547

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 12 Jan 2017 3:58 pm   Subject: Is this comedy or for real?
"busking" is a new to me too. I first heard the term here on the steel forum. We used to call it playing on the street for tips! I've never done it though.

I have, in Look Park which I be ...
  Topic: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Robert Allen

Replies: 9
Views: 512

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jan 2017 8:09 pm   Subject: Sample part arrived
Part arrived, will mail to you tomorrow.
  Topic: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Robert Allen

Replies: 9
Views: 512

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jan 2017 1:09 pm   Subject: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
I phoned Mouser who told me to phone Bourns who told me to call their supplier, ecomponents, and ask for a sample of this part. If I can get it, it'll be free and I'll send it on. Some corporations ca ...
  Topic: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Robert Allen

Replies: 9
Views: 512

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jan 2017 12:28 pm   Subject: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Tubesandmore.com has push pull pots in 1M as well as other options. No minimum on quantity.

Dave

OP specified linear. I find only audio taper on this site. I may have missed it somewhere. Do yo ...
  Topic: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Robert Allen

Replies: 9
Views: 512

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:37 am   Subject: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Bourns makes a 1 Meg pot with p/p switch.

http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/54/db183-gtr-953218.pdf

This is from a Mouser catalog but they have a minimum of 1000 pieces on an order for this item, assum ...
  Topic: Push/Pull pot for tone/pickup selection on D8?
Robert Allen

Replies: 9
Views: 512

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jan 2017 10:14 am   Subject: Wiring for two pickups
Here's the wiring for a Telecaster which has two single coil pickups. A p/p switch would have a different pinout. I'll see if I can find it for you and I'll look through my catalogs of electronics sup ...
  Topic: Melbert inventory clearance Sale ENDED
Robert Allen

Replies: 1
Views: 968

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 9 Jan 2017 10:53 am   Subject: Overstock depleted - Please close
Sale ended.
  Topic: Melbert inventory clearance Sale ENDED
Robert Allen

Replies: 1
Views: 968

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 7 Jan 2017 11:24 am   Subject: Melbert inventory clearance Sale ENDED
Customized 8-string lap steels for $300, 6-string lap steels for $275. These will be built from our overstock of new, blem, etc parts. E-mail melbertguitars@gmail.com for more information. $32 shippin ...
  Topic: Wildwood Flower
Robert Allen

Replies: 6
Views: 616

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Dec 2016 7:43 am   Subject: Wildwood Flower
Roy, nice version of Wildwood Flower. It was Wayne who was asking about it. I play in G, A, and E tunings. I doubt I'll ever learn to play much in C6 tuning in my lifetime, although I did manage to ma ...
  Topic: Wildwood Flower
Robert Allen

Replies: 6
Views: 616

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Dec 2016 3:40 am   Subject: Wildwood Flower
On a more serious matter, was your wife home for Christmas?

Yes, everything going well here but I'll need to build another 350 lap steels to pay for her Life Flight helicopter ride. Haven't gotten ...
  Topic: Wildwood Flower
Robert Allen

Replies: 6
Views: 616

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Dec 2016 7:48 pm   Subject: Wildwood Flower
I use G tuning and play it in the key of C
  Topic: Yet another travel lap steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 0
Views: 430

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 18 Dec 2016 8:26 pm   Subject: Yet another travel lap steel
Latest Melbert, made of cypress, weighs in at 4 lbs, 1.9 oz. Scale 22". This one custom made for a lap steel player in Hawaii.


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  Topic: Classic Country licks on Open E tuning??
Robert Allen

Replies: 12
Views: 1213

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 2 Dec 2016 6:55 pm   Subject: Classic Country licks on Open E tuning??
Steve, I have one of my lap steels tuned low to high E B E G# B E. I just mailed you some tabs of Tennessee Waltz, Georgia Steel Guitar, and Long Black Veil.
 
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