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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 8:30 am     Reply with quote

Periodically, I go through my collection, select a different lap steel, tune and play. However, I always go back to the one that is my favorite of all.

GIBSON EH-185 (v.1a) 7 STRING C.C. pu: c.1939


This model has a U-magnet pickup and non-slip grey-colored material spread on the back and neck that follows the outline of the back and neck, rather than being diamond-shaped as found on models shipped after the Fall of 1939. This steel was from the first batch of EH-185 steels, and a total of 7 of the 7 string model were shipped in 1939. It has a 22 1/2" scale, with adjustable pu, and fret markers at positions I grew up with. The "Hyblum" metal plate adds to beauty and stability of the instruments. Palm and finger harmonics are excellent at various positions. Overall string spacing at the nut is 2.0", which makes it easy to play various 3 string note positions on 2 or 3 frets. Upright tuners are my favorite, and of course I prefer control knobs on the same side. My favorite tuning is A6. In my opinion, the EH-185 models are the finest lap steels ever made by Gibson, although only an estimated 503 were made. Smile Smile Smile
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Larry Carlson


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Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 9:33 am     Reply with quote

That, sir, is a very beautiful guitar......Whoa!

This is my 1939 Rickenbacher Silver Hawaiian.
The picture below is before I disassembled it. It had a few issues... Rolling Eyes
I bought it last year and did some work on it to get it playing again.
I just love this little guitar. I think these guitars look amazing and the sound is wonderful.
I have a few other guitars but like you I am usually grabbing this one because it is so enjoyable to play.
But mostly I think it is because it is the only thing in the house that is older than I am..... Mr. Green




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Rick Barnhart


From:
Arizona, USA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 10:14 am     Reply with quote


My favorite lapsteel is my cocobolo rosewood & birdeye maple P8 Deluxe built by the late, Tom Pettingill. Equipped with an 8 string horse shoe p/u built by Jason Lollar. I don't think I'll ever be able to top this one. (None of my own photos out did Tom's, either.)

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Ron Ellison


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D.C.
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 10:18 am     Reply with quote

My favorite!
--The golden mean.

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Ralph Czitrom


From:
Ringwood, New Jersey
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 10:41 am     My favorite lap steel Reply with quote

Mine is a guitar Tom Pettingill built for me a couple of years ago. It's based on a 1938 Recording King Roy Smeck model. I can't disclose who made the pickup, but its related to Ron's...The guitar sounds as good as it looks.

I'm going to miss Tom....


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Rick Barnhart


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Arizona, USA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 10:53 am     Reply with quote

Congratulations on that transplant, Ralph. That guitar has always been one of my favorites.
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Stephen Abruzzo


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Philly, PA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 11:26 am     Reply with quote

Geez......Pettingill Frying Pan Special-001. Silky smooth to "rude with an attitude".

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=165014&highlight=fps001
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David Ball


From:
Tennessee
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 1:27 pm     Reply with quote

Here's mine--I have several that I love, but this one is the top of my list.


Todds guitars are amazing.

Dave
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Frank Macauda


From:
Arizona, USA
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 1:36 pm     Reply with quote

'39 Recording King Roy Smeck. Long live Smeck!
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 4:06 pm     Reply with quote

It is impossible for me to pick a favorite. Long live Roy!
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 4:07 pm     Reply with quote

Sure are a lot of Clinesmiths....
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David Ball


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Tennessee
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 4:28 pm     Reply with quote

My cast aluminum/horseshoe Clinesmith is a close second in my lineup. Hard to pick between those two.

Dave
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Mike Neer


From:
NJ
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 5:02 pm     Reply with quote

Cartwright Thompson wrote:
Sure are a lot of Clinesmiths....


Of course there are!



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Tim Heidner


From:
Port Arthur, TX
Post Posted 1 Apr 2017 5:07 pm     Reply with quote

Here's my baby, Lap King Rodeo. Can't find a thing wrong with it. The only thing that sucks about it is the guy playing it.

I would like to try one of those Clinesmiths, though. Just because.

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Tony Lombardo


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 2:10 am     Reply with quote

These are pictures of my one and only lap steel. It's an all maple S-8 made by J.R. Burns complete with a Potbelly pickup by Rick Aiello.



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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 6:53 am     Reply with quote

While picking a fave of my laps is hard, here lately I have been playing my new build, the V-MUSE Model One. It is solid Mahogany in a fry pan shape, a custom P90, Grover tuners, and a 23 inch scale.








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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 7:42 am     Reply with quote

1939 Slingerland still has original hard-wired cord. Solid heavy maple--Sounds amazing in A6. I wonder what they did back then to make the pickup sound so good?


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Johnie King


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 10:28 am     Reply with quote

Nice Terry
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Johnie King


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 10:44 am     Reply with quote

Very cool Tony

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Johnie King


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 10:47 am     Reply with quote

Johnie King wrote:

one of my favorite builds sold to new friend in California
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Larry Lenhart


From:
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 2 Apr 2017 8:17 pm     Reply with quote

Tony, that is a great looking steel...reminds me of an old Bigsby 6 string guitar !
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Michael Hogan


Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 1:18 am     So hard to choose a favorite! Reply with quote

Possibly not my favourite but for rarity it is.
Only 25 made in 1956. BR6V2B




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Michael Hogan


Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 1:52 am     How many variants were there of the EH185 Reply with quote

Hi CE, I have three different variants of the EH185.

First with a ES300 diagonal pickup.

Then one with a Charlie Christian with a tapered metal plate thin at the base and tapering progressively thicker up the neck.

The last with a CC pickup and a metal plate that is one thickness.

This was probably done to stop the headstocks breaking off. I have two 185 headstocks that I purchased for the Gibson logos. I think neck breaks may have been a common problem.












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Tony Lombardo


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 2:02 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Johnie and Larry. I'm glad you like her. I look the way she looks. I just wish I played better. She deserves that.
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Mark Nason


From:
Maine, USA
Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 5:04 am     Reply with quote

Johnie,

I had seen that model on your page for sale. I love the look...very Jetsons!
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