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Karl Paulsen


From:
Chicago
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 2:47 pm     Reply with quote

I was looking for a lap steel on a very tight budget. Things were looking a big grim when the skies parted and Bob Allen made an offer...
http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=321161
...of a huge discount on a slightly blemshed example of one of his Melbert 8 strings. After a brief consult with she-who-must-be-obeyed I took him up on it. It's nearly finished but has not had the guts installed yet.

So, I need to decide which pickup to have him install. He puts George L's in his 8 stringers and he directed me to this page to choose a pup.
http://www.georgelsstore.com/pickups.html

I've been playing PSG for a year and a half, but am a complete newbie to Lap steel. Any advice you all can offer would be appreciated.

Thanks!


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George Macdonald


From:
Vancouver Island BC Canada
Post Posted 12 Sep 2017 3:10 pm     Melbert pickup Reply with quote

Karl, I Have a George L 10-1 in my first 8 string Melbert and a George L SS-10 in the second one. They are both very similar with the only difference being the material that the blade is made from. Some people like the George L E-66, but I find it a little too bright for my taste. I don't think you would be disappointed in either the 10-1 or the SS-10. [ I have found that the 12-1 is a good pickup for my 12 string pedal steel too.] Hope this helps.
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Karl Paulsen


From:
Chicago
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 9:19 am     Reply with quote

Made the payment and selected my options. The body was already essentially done so Bob says it won't be long.

It's going to have the SS-10 pickup and Standard C6th tuning. I was originally thinking of having this as sort of a travel substitute for my E9 Encore PSG but added variety of a different tuning seemed like a better path to take.

The wood is Swamp Cypress. I've already gotten several pictures of the in-progress body, but here's the most recent of the front.


Back.


This is a blem model because of some "End splitting across the grain" that had to be filled, but so far it looks great to me, even in a picture of the affected end.



Really looking forward to recieving this!
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Bill Groner


From:
QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 9:22 am     Reply with quote

Bob is a good guy and builds very nice stuff. Exclamation
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Todd Goad


From:
Gray, Georgia, USA
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 12:44 pm     Reply with quote

Happy for you Karl, you won't be disappointed.
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Larry Lenhart


From:
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 13 Sep 2017 2:20 pm     Reply with quote

Todd Goad wrote:
Happy for you Karl, you won't be disappointed.


I agree 100%, I have one of his S8 and it is a great guitar ! I also have a blem, but I couldnt find it !!

Great guy to do business with !

Congratulations on your decision.
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Karl Paulsen


From:
Chicago
Post Posted 17 Sep 2017 5:06 am     Reply with quote

Just got another picture from Bob

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Wayne D. Clark


From:
Montello Wisconsin, USA
Post Posted 18 Sep 2017 3:05 pm     Reply with quote

Beautiful, but then I wouldn't expect any thing else from Bob. I have a 6 and an 8 that came out of his shop, and am very satisfied.
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Karl Paulsen


From:
Chicago
Post Posted 20 Sep 2017 12:34 pm     Reply with quote

And the nut, jack and bridge are installed!
Bob says it will be in the mail on Friday.

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Karl Paulsen


From:
Chicago
Post Posted 21 Sep 2017 4:43 am     Reply with quote

And it's done!
Bob just sent me the pics. It'll ship out tomorrow.










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