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Jim Davies


From:
Charlottesville VA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 11:04 am     Reply with quote

You can play them sitting , standing or bolt on a guitar. What do ya think?


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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 11:25 am     Reply with quote

Do you want to know what I really think? Rolling Eyes
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 11:52 am     Reply with quote

I think you did a very nice job. They look great.
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Brad Davis


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Texas, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 11:57 am     Reply with quote

Nicely done. These remind me of some of the adventurous guitar designs you see in "The Strat in the Attic".
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Bill Sinclair


From:
Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 12:20 pm     Reply with quote

If I were in the market for a guit-steel type instrument, I'd definitely want to try one. The double neck steel looks like a bit more than I could handle but I especially like the spalted wood single neck example on your web site. You might want to add a standing-while-playing clip in the video section.
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Paul Seager


From:
Augsburg, Germany
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 12:31 am     Reply with quote

I think they look great. Kind of a retro Bigsby guitar in a lap-steel form. A refreshing new take on the usual "plank" designs. I wish you much success Jim and if I am ever in the market for a new steel ...

\ paul
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Rick Aiello


From:
Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 3:56 am     Reply with quote

Very cool 😎
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Chris Walke


From:
St Charles, IL
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 7:36 am     Reply with quote

If Prince had played steel guitar...

Very cool designs. I always like seeing something different.
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Lee Holliday


From:
United Kingdom
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 11:45 am     Reply with quote

My immediate thought was Prince, keep innovating I like the drilled steel holder.

Lee
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 11:50 am     Reply with quote

Looks great! Love the modular aspect of it, too.
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Stephen Abruzzo


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Philly, PA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 11:51 am     Reply with quote

Definitely COOL-looking.
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David Matzenik


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Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 12:13 pm     Reply with quote

Erv Niehaus wrote:
Do you want to know what I really think? Rolling Eyes


I'm thinking what you're thinking, Erv.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 1:42 pm     Reply with quote

David,
I think they're a little over the top.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 2:19 pm     Reply with quote

Erv Niehaus wrote:
...I think they're a little over the top.

Respectfully disagree. Lots of people thought the same thing about Teles & Strats, not to mention the original Flying V's and Explorers. History has proved them wrong.

To me, Jim Davies' instruments are somewhat reminiscent of those of the early California innovators such as PA Bigsby, Roger Rossmeisl, and Semie Moseley.

Can't help but agree with the Prince reference. If the little guy had played guit-steel, betcha he'd a'loved 'em.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 2:25 pm     Reply with quote

I'd sure hate to show up at a Texas honky-tonk with one of these. You'd need more than chicken wire to keep from getting hit with a Lone Star bottle! Whoa!
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 2:29 pm     Reply with quote

Are you saying that all the world’s a Texas honky tonk? Because I don’t think they even allow lap steel players in.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 15 Nov 2017 2:40 pm     Reply with quote

I am entitled to my opinion, it may differ from yours but that's YOUR problem. Whoa!
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Chris Walke


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St Charles, IL
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 8:38 am     Reply with quote

Mama always said, if you got nothing nice to say...
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Jim Davies


From:
Charlottesville VA
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 12:55 pm     Reply with quote

Hey, Thanks fellas I appreciate it! I took this one out to the gig last night.


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Dom Franco


From:
Beaverton, OR, 97007
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 2:13 pm     Reply with quote

These look amazing! and as an amateur steel builder myself, I can tell many many hours went into these works of ART.

My only concern is that the weight of the guit/steel bolt ons would kill the players back in a short time. And I wonder if it's worth it... instead of just switching instruments.
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Ken Campbell


From:
Ferndale, Montana
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 6:35 pm     Reply with quote

Extremely cool.
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John Rosett


From:
Missoula, MT
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 9:23 pm     Reply with quote

Dom Franco wrote:
These look amazing! and as an amateur steel builder myself, I can tell many many hours went into these works of ART.

My only concern is that the weight of the guit/steel bolt ons would kill the players back in a short time. And I wonder if it's worth it... instead of just switching instruments.


I would definitely need a stand.
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Andy Volk


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Boston, MA
Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 4:12 am     Reply with quote

Kind of what Millennials call a "mashup" but in a cool. Congrats on trying something different.
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Nic Neufeld


From:
Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 5:29 am     Reply with quote

The natural one at the end is where they turn the tide for me. The styling and dual tone woods has a great Paul Bigsby vibe, reminds me of those initial guitars like the one made for Merle Travis:



The "upper" fretted half of the guit-steel actually looks pretty handsome by itself, I like that body shape. Distinct enough from Fender to have its own character, upper horn has a hint of Rickenbacker 4000/600 to it (which I've always been a sucker for).

It would be a nice feature if they could be wired in a semi-modular fashion...ie., detachable, and one neck having a master output and a discreet or hidden aux input to get the signal from the other neck when attached. Anyway, the previous ones not as much to my taste, but that last one is a looker....
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James Hartman


From:
Pennsylvania, USA
Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 6:45 am     Reply with quote

Jim Davies wrote:
Hey, Thanks fellas I appreciate it! I took this one out to the gig last night.



Curious - how much does this one weigh?

I like what you're doing with these. As someone who frequently switches back and forth between instruments on a gig, I've certainly thought about trying to go the jr. Brown route. He uses a stand.
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