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  Topic: Duesenberg Multibender Dimension?
Robert Allen

Replies: 2
Views: 140

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Oct 2017 8:32 am   Subject: Duesenberg Multibender Dimension?
OK, thank you
  Topic: Duesenberg Multibender Dimension?
Robert Allen

Replies: 2
Views: 140

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Oct 2017 6:41 am   Subject: Duesenberg Multibender Dimension?
I found a thread that has the overall dimensions but can't find the dimension I need. How far is it from the edge of the plate to the saddles? I don't have a multibender here. My customer is in Spain ...
  Topic: Poll Regarding Use of Harmonics on Lap or NP Steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 6
Views: 327

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 17 Oct 2017 8:48 pm   Subject: Poll Regarding Use of Harmonics on Lap or NP Steel
I used finger harmonics exclusively for 40 years. After surgery on my thumb, I could no longer get my thumb around far enough to do finger harmonics so I was forced to learn palm harmonics. I don't us ...
  Topic: My New Melbert. (10/2 Reviewed)
Robert Allen

Replies: 20
Views: 2031

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 3 Oct 2017 8:57 am   Subject: My New Melbert. (10/2 Reviewed)
Out of necessity to keep costs down, I standardized the pickguard and fretboard to the most often requested design so I would be stocking only one design instead of many. I've sold lap steels at extra ...
  Topic: Slyde Guitars
Robert Allen

Replies: 5
Views: 1852

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 25 Sep 2017 5:24 am   Subject: Slyde Guitars
A Slyde reso came through my shop for repair about a year ago. The owner at the time was dobroist Jeff Bybee of Kentucky.
  Topic: Cheap 8 string Lap. Morrell or SX?
Robert Allen

Replies: 18
Views: 1826

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 19 Sep 2017 1:49 pm   Subject: Cheap 8 string Lap. Morrell or SX?
If it says Little Roy Wiggins it is probably a Morrell lap steel and those didn't have serial numbers on them.

Bob
  Topic: Cheap 8 string Lap. Morrell or SX?
Robert Allen

Replies: 18
Views: 1826

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 19 Sep 2017 1:20 pm   Subject: Re: I have one too
Hi Karl,
I have one too and it came with a lipstick pickup.
Andy

Andy, what is the serial number on yours? Sounds like one of the older Melbert steels. Many changes and improvements over the year ...
  Topic: Cheap 8 string Lap. Morrell or SX?
Robert Allen

Replies: 18
Views: 1826

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Sep 2017 11:45 am   Subject: Cheap 8 string Lap. Morrell or SX?
Occasionally I have a Melbert blem or used. I just happen to be completing a cypress 8-string lap steel that has a cosmetic blemish. It'll be completed in 2 weeks and it's early enough in the build t ...
  Topic: Question for lap steel guitar builders
Robert Allen

Replies: 17
Views: 1190

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Sep 2017 11:31 am   Subject: Question for lap steel guitar builders
In an electric instrument, I think the lion's share of the sound is dependent on the pickup. However, my experience has been that the wood does make some lesser difference. I've built 370 lap steels u ...
  Topic: Shot & Buddy = 2:12 of Awesomeness
Robert Allen

Replies: 11
Views: 1345

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 27 Aug 2017 8:11 pm   Subject: Shot & Buddy = 2:12 of Awesomeness
And for the bluegrass lovers, here's Shot Jackson backing up the Osborne Brothers on their LP from 1958. Dobro tone sounds ok to me. At the time dobroist Ricky Russell was in the band but Shot did the ...
  Topic: Favorite Song You Like to Play on Lap Steel or NP Console
Robert Allen

Replies: 26
Views: 2186

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Jul 2017 8:27 pm   Subject: Re: Favorite Song You Like to Play on Lap Steel or NP Consol
MOCKIN' BIRD HILL-FAVORITE SONG I PLAY ON LAP STEEL

C. E. Smile Smile

I remember Mockingbird Hill, great song, I play it on the dobro in standard G tuning, key of D but my favorite on the dobro is W ...
  Topic: Adding felt to underside of a lap steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 21
Views: 1586

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 17 Jul 2017 6:41 pm   Subject: Adding felt to underside of a lap steel
I bought a roll of peel and stick felt but the problem was that the shape changed when the backing was peeled off. So, I did a bunch with flocking. The outline had to be taped off with vinyl tape to g ...
  Topic: Why put an adjustable bridge on a steel???
Robert Allen

Replies: 7
Views: 882

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Jul 2017 6:09 pm   Subject: Why put an adjustable bridge on a steel???
Because an occasional customer will ask for adjustable saddles and it's their wallet that pays my bills.
www.melbert.guitars
  Topic: Bronze or nickel for dobro?
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 1594

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 8 Jul 2017 6:04 am   Subject: Re: Strings
Thanks a bunch guys. I'll go with the bronze.

The EJ42 is Phosphor Bronze. Bronze (80/20) doesn't have much sustain on a dobro.
  Topic: Bronze or nickel for dobro?
Robert Allen

Replies: 15
Views: 1594

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 8 Jul 2017 5:57 am   Subject: Bronze or nickel for dobro?
If you find yourself in a situation where you can't wait for delivery from an Internet store, and your local store doesn't carry dobro strings, a set of medium guitar strings will work just fine if yo ...
  Topic: Latest Melbert Lap Steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 3
Views: 502

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 7 Jul 2017 11:28 am   Subject: Latest Melbert Lap Steel
Walnut for the sides? Maple and walnut is my favourite wood combination (and ice cream flavour). I also love the Sho-Bud style playing card fretboards - big thanks to Mr. Boards.


Yes, walnut ...
  Topic: Latest Melbert Lap Steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 3
Views: 502

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 7 Jul 2017 10:53 am   Subject: Latest Melbert Lap Steel
This 8-string lap steel was made to match the string spacing of the buyer's existing 6-string lap steels. Bridge spacing is .406 and nut spacing is .375. Georgeboards made the custom fretboard.

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  Topic: Need a good laugh?
Robert Allen

Replies: 7
Views: 915

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Jun 2017 6:46 pm   Subject: Need a good laugh?
My dobro has white inlaid wood strips. After 50 years of playing, spilling, smoky bars, same as Doug mentioned, the contrast between the light and dark woods is about gone. One of these days I'll sand ...
  Topic: When And How Did You Learn To Play Lap or NP Steel Guitar?
Robert Allen

Replies: 14
Views: 1360

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Jun 2017 6:32 pm   Subject: When And How Did You Learn To Play Lap or NP Steel Guitar?
My dad was a fiddle player in a hillbilly band. When I was 8 years old dad thought it was time for me to be playing an instrument. I wanted to play guitar like my older brother but my hands were too s ...
  Topic: Sore right thumb
Robert Allen

Replies: 7
Views: 872

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Jun 2017 6:43 pm   Subject: Sore right thumb
I've used the Voltarin cream and it helped but even as a cream it is absorbed into the system. NSAIDS can be nasty drugs for older folks. Kidney damage, bleeding, heart attack, stroke. I took them for ...
  Topic: Gibson Lap Steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 3
Views: 682

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Jun 2017 5:14 pm   Subject: Gibson Lap Steel
Two of the tuner buttons are plastic and the remaining ones are metal. Did the original have plastic or metal buttons? Since the engraved pattern on the plate is the same on all of them and something ...
  Topic: Gibson Lap Steel
Robert Allen

Replies: 3
Views: 682

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 26 Jun 2017 12:33 pm   Subject: Gibson Lap Steel
Recording artist Eldon Davis stopped by the store today to have this Gibson lap steel repaired. He asked me to inquire about it's value and date of manufacture. The s/n is E2572-38. The case is origin ...
  Topic: What type of fingerpick do you use for Dobro (or other reso)
Robert Allen

Replies: 10
Views: 809

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 8 Jun 2017 9:52 am   Subject: What type of fingerpick do you use for Dobro (or other reso)
I use the same picks for Dobro, lap steel, and banjo. National NP-2 fingerpicks and a Pro-Pik thumbpick, metal with a Delrin blade.
  Topic: kayton Roberts is the man...
Robert Allen

Replies: 12
Views: 2018

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 3 Jun 2017 5:50 pm   Subject: kayton Roberts is the man...
I watched Kayton tonight on the Marty Stuart show on RFD channel. They always do a rerun of the same show on Sunday morning so I'll get to watch it a 2nd time.
  Topic: SOLD! Rickenbacker lap steel $275
Robert Allen

Replies: 2
Views: 1079

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 31 May 2017 3:49 am   Subject: Sold
Eric,

It's yours. E-mail sent, payment received, will make donation to forum. ---- Bob
 
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