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LaVern Skarzenski


From:
North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 4:48 pm     Reply with quote

Here are a few pictures of my latest build. 8 string, 25-1/2" scale length. White Ash harvested from my late father's farm about 14 yrs. ago. TruTone pickup, leather dye for the color 13 or 14 coats of Deft lacquer for the finish. It is the first time I used lacquer and I am quite pleased how it came out.











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Joe Elk


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 5:07 pm     Reply with quote

NICE BUILD! I really like how the bridge is placed.
What did you use on the bottom of the steel where the string and ball end are placed.
Joe Elk Central Ohio
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LaVern Skarzenski


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North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 5:25 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks Joe. What I did was rout out a slot 1/2"" deep to fit a 1/2" diameter brass rod. I then milled the rod in half and then using a ball nosed endmill routed a slot on centerline to fit the ball ends of the stings. My thoughts were to improve the effect of a through the body setup to increase the effective string contact. I can't say whether it works or not but I thought that it might and it was a different approach. Thanks for the reply.

LaVern
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James Phillips


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Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 6:15 pm     Reply with quote

Gosh, that's nice!
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James Phillips


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Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 6:17 pm     Reply with quote

Gosh, that's nice!
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 6:43 pm     Reply with quote

LaVern, a beautiful steel that you can certainly be proud of. Smile
If you make a recording, please consider posting it so that all can enjoy the music from
this beautiful steel.

As you will recall, I met you at Bobbe Seymour's store in Hendersonville, TN, on 7/22/03.
Bobbe, "Uncle Doug" Seymour, and Jim "Shorty" Luce were having and enjoying a music
session together. A video was made, and posted after Bobbe's death. I really enjoyed the
session and meeting you .

Here is a link to the video:
BOBBE SEYMOUR: 1939-2014

I hope you enjoy the video memories.

C. E. Smile Smile Smile
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Will Houston


From:
Tempe, Az
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 7:06 pm     Reply with quote

Nice one, like the color. Whats the pup?
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LaVern Skarzenski


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North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 7:33 pm     Reply with quote

Hi All,
Thank you for the nice compliments. I started this build quite a while back and everything got in the way and finally I got back to it this past winter.

Will, the p/u is a Wallace Trutone 14.5k. I told Jerry what I was building and he wound it to what he thought was good. As for my ears it sounds great.

C.E., I most certainly do remember meeting you at Bobbe's. That was a great trip. Bobbe, Uncle Doug, and Shorty Luce. That's where I got the nickname "Cousin Vern". We lost Uncle Doug this past winter and just this past weekend they had his memorial. It was very nice. Full of good stories and lots of memories. As for recording it, I can build them but I can't play them. I'll have to find someone who can.
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David Mason


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Cambridge, MD, USA
Post Posted 13 Jun 2017 7:59 pm     Reply with quote

A SLOT for a bar bridge is a great idea, as you can solften or harden the overall tone by switching out bar materials. SURE ultem or soft bronze will notch up, but you can just roll it a bit, for the first ten years. Buy a foot of bronze, your grandchildren with still have a bridge.
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 1:25 am     Reply with quote

WOW! Very nice build LaVern. I like the uniqueness of your guitar. I'll bet it sounds great. Great job, be proud of your well crafted Lap Steel.
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Tony Oresteen


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Georgia, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 3:21 am     Reply with quote

Nice build!!!!!!! I love the color!
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Johnie King


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 3:56 am     Reply with quote

Top shelf build. Is the lap for sale? Did u make the knobs
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LaVern Skarzenski


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North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 4:57 am     Reply with quote

Thank you all for the nice remarks. Yes Johnie I did make the knobs. Just a simple aluminum turning trying to balance out the brass bridge and nut with the "chrome" tuners.
LaVern
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Stephen Abruzzo


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Philly, PA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 6:34 am     Reply with quote

Very, very nice. Really like how you routed out a groove for the bar.
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Bob Russell


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North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 6:40 am     Reply with quote

Wow, that's pretty! I like your thinking on the bridge and nut, too. Beautifully done!
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LaVern Skarzenski


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North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 7:02 am     Follow up Reply with quote

I've had a request to show some of my other builds. I don't know how they will come out but I will give it a try.
LaVern








These are the 3 that I still own. Can't play them , just make 'em.
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Bill Groner


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Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 7:39 am     Reply with quote

So you belong to the "build em" can't play 'em club.

WELCOME! I wish I could hear someone play mine the way it should be played at least once. Sad
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Joe Elk


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 8:27 am     Reply with quote

LaVern
As Bill Just Said I build but playing Not Very Good!

I like liked the squared end. I am thinking about building a new one steel your bridge end certainly has a clean look! I may have to rethink, however; I thought I would use an Art Deco look.

One of the ones that I build without using paint I used thinned artist oil paint. However, I will put the shoe dye in the back of mind.

I like routed edges!!!! Makes it look sort of like a Rickenbacker.

I truly like the inset back plate! At first glance I could not figure how you did it. The grain lines are so to matched to the body, I had to look a couple times to see to see they were not the same piece of wood.

If you would like to correspond while I am building the next one my email is
E9moose@embarqmail.com

Joe Elk
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LaVern Skarzenski


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North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 10:42 am     Reply with quote

Hi All, I was introduced to the dobro tuning, GBDGBD early on but after only a short while I came across a pedal steel tuned to E9th. I bought a instructional tape and the pedals and levers so I thought would make it easier to play. It actually did make it easier but it also so much more to learn. I never did get back to serious non-pedal playing, just building. I have my first 8 string tuned to the Don Helm's E6th, and this latest build I think it is called Fmaj7th, FACEGACE. I know one root, 2m, 3m, 4 lick on these tunings but haven't been able to use them with the group I play with. Maybe some day I'll really sit down and put some "seat time" in it.
Joe, as for the back cover plate, I actually had a piece of Ash with a nearly perfect grain pattern to match. I spent about 4 hrs. one day getting it shaped just right with the grain lines matching. When I was done that day I took the guitar and that small piece back into my basement room from the workshop. Well as luck would have it a few weeks later when I went to work on it again I could not find it. I looked high and low, inside and outside. I thought that perhaps I dropped it in the driveway(snow was on the ground then). I never did find it so when I did get this one completed I was very protective of it. We do heat with wood so it may have accidentally went up the smoke stack.
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George Piburn


From:
The Oklahoma Hills, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 11:18 am     Nice Build Reply with quote

Love the Build too,

On the Brass , we invest into having them buffed and Nickel Plated.

Well worth the added expense , for nearly never needing to polish out the rollers.

Nickel does not effect the tone , if anything it enhances.

Chrome will give a more brittle sharp tone , and typically chips off eventually.

Being a Lathe Machinist you most likely already know a plate shop, if not look for one that specializes in short runs , for motorcycles and guitar shops.
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LaVern Skarzenski


From:
North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 14 Jun 2017 5:49 pm     Thanks for the input Reply with quote

George thanks for the input. With your reputation and knowledge I consider that very worthwhile. I usually pride myself on doing as much as possible in my own shop and as a matter of fact just within the last 2 weeks I saw a video on Youtube about small home shop nickel plating. I may have to consider looking into this. Thanks again.

LaVern
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James Phillips


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Post Posted 16 Jun 2017 5:38 pm     Reply with quote

Gosh, that's nice!
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LaVern Skarzenski


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North East,Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 16 Jun 2017 6:16 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you everyone for such nice comments. I really appreciate it.
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