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Jeff Spencer


From:
Queensland, Australia
Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 5:06 am     Reply with quote

Like others have said. This is the 'go to' steel when 6 strings is all I need. I have GB Frypan. Twin neck Maton, customer laps, Rickenbacher, etc. LOVE this tone and playability of this baby. Only payed $20 for it too. It was my first!! Made in Australia by Moody

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Bill Creller


From:
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 3 Apr 2017 6:55 pm     Reply with quote

Lots of beautiful steel guitars here !!

I have to say that my 7-string Rick frypan is my favorite, with my 7 string bakelite next.
Still have a 7 string Gibson, late 30s with eh CC pickup, that has an interesting sound, since I rescued it after a friend gave it to me, falling apart...
Last (& least) is a '54 Dual Pro, that I don't like at all !!
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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 4 Apr 2017 11:11 am     Reply with quote

Here is my '57 Ultratone. Reportedly less than 30 were made.

It is a restoration. A couple years back I obtained this body, which had been harvested for its original pickup, electronics, and Kluson Deluxes.

I installed new Gotohs similar to the original Klusons. The pickup, mounting ring, jack plate, and knobs were from Gibson. Three new CTS pots, a couple capacitors, a Switchcraft jack, some wiring, and it was good to go.


A Geib case and a set of Plexiglas headstock and bridge covers completed the project. This is a great-sounding guitar. The combination of the solid mahogany body and the humbucking pickup make it sing like a Les Paul. An added bonus is the 'bucker makes it quiet as a church mouse in rooms that make a single coil hum.

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Phillip Vaught


From:
Dallas,Texas, USA
Post Posted 4 Apr 2017 12:10 pm     My Favorite Steel Reply with quote

I have an old roy smeck 6 string harmony, but my real pride and joy even though i did not put a picture of it on here is my Georgeboards s8 2014 #001 colorshift console steel with alumitone pickup deluxe 34 stand, this is a sustain machine and sounds awesome...the person that plays it needs to improve his game though.
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Larry Carlson


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Post Posted 4 Apr 2017 12:21 pm     Reply with quote

Tony Lombardo wrote:
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.


I'm glad I'm not the only one.
With my lack of talent/skill I quite often feel sorry for my guitars.
I can often picture them growing legs and running away screaming....... Oh Well
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Bill Creller


From:
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 4 Apr 2017 12:31 pm     Reply with quote

Beautiful job on the Ultra Tone Jack !! Very Happy
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Joe Burke


From:
Toronto, Canada
Post Posted 4 Apr 2017 7:21 pm     Reply with quote

So fun seeing all these lap steels. This Supro is my favorite 6 string. Sounds perfect to my ears.
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Larry Lenhart


From:
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 5 Apr 2017 7:07 am     Reply with quote

Here is mine and the more I play it and get comfy with it, the more I like it !


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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 5 Apr 2017 7:26 am     Reply with quote

My favorite lap steels are the ones I paid less than $300 for! Seriously. The Guyatones, Teiscos, Valcos, and this Gibson Century 6 that I've had for several years. I've learned my lesson. High dollar, fancy guitars are not always the most comfortable to play IMO. I'm more comfortable with an old beater.


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Allen Hutchison


From:
Kilcoy, Qld, Australia
Post Posted 5 Apr 2017 2:25 pm     Reply with quote

Here's one of mine - they're all favourites! Very Happy


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Jack Hanson


From:
San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 6 Apr 2017 6:08 am     Reply with quote

Bill Creller wrote:
Beautiful job on the Ultra Tone Jack !! Very Happy

Thanks, Bill. It was a relatively easy, inexpensive, and ultimately rewarding project.


Doug Beaumier wrote:
My favorite lap steels are the ones I paid less than $300 for!

Agreed. The one I play most of the time is a black Century identical to Doug's. I snagged it for about $285.00 on eBay.

Rescue guitars can be a terrific bargain. The blonde '57 Ultratone pictured above is a case in point. The body was $118.00, the tuners were $30.00, the pickup was $78.00, the pickup ring, pots, caps, knobs, jack, and jack plate were about $70.00 total. It wasn't until last summer when I splurged on the mint Plexiglas headstock and bridge covers that the $300.00 threshold was exceeded.
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Terry Barnett


From:
Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
Post Posted 6 Apr 2017 8:23 am     Reply with quote

May not be my all time favourite, but close. Made in Winnipeg in the late 40's. The original pickup was four pounds of steel and copper wire...and steam driven. My pal Wayne Link hooked me up with this Bill Lawrence pickup, which slipped right in, and away we go. Sounds great, plays great, and it's a little taste of home.
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Jim Newberry


From:
Seattle, Upper Left America
Post Posted 6 Apr 2017 11:44 am     Reply with quote

I've got some great ones (35-36 Rick B6, 1941 New Yorker, etc.) but my fave is my Clinesmith I got a few years ago.


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Michael Hillman


From:
Boise, Idaho, USA
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 8:12 am     Asher Electro Hawaiian - by Bill Asher Reply with quote

My favorite lap steel, Koa, longer scale, really a pleasure to play, hear it in this Christmas video from a couple of years back:

https://youtu.be/c5XlSyu0ltM

Sorry the picture (and the player) are not better
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Jack Aldrich


From:
Washington, USA
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 4:33 pm     Reply with quote

I loe all of my non-pedal steels, and my D8 Canopus is my workhorse, but I love my Asher Alan AKaka Special 8 the most.
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Peter Garellick


From:
California, USA
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 8:44 pm     Reply with quote

Aloha all,

Here's my favorite electric lap steel. I's the Kay Hawaiian DeLuxe c 1939. 25" scale, Rickenbacker style horse pickup, mahogany stair-step design, radio knobs....it has incredible sustain, super clean tone. It weighs a ton! Great guitar...sorry for the confusing picture...it's resting on a Stringmaster Quad.

Peter

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Ben Elder


From:
La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 11:37 pm     You Should See The -Before- Pictures Reply with quote




This sad Weissenborn Style 4 was submerged in water, left to crack, warp and shed its finish and rope binding and then suffer the indignity of having its inside sprayed with black paint and likely used as a tiki-ana photo prop.

It's not the loudest W out there but Gott in Himmel! the overtones!

This came from Marc Silber in the late eighties and I had vague notions of at least making a wall hanger out of it. (Between my inquiry about it and Marc's actually digging it out of his estimable inventory, he decided it was rougher than he remembered and cut the price in half--from $100 to $50.)

A few years later, a friend, Buck, from New Zealand thought that he and a luthier partner might like to make reproductions and would I lend this one to study, given that it was almost in pieces as it sat.

I agreed...and it sat...and sat...and sat under the luthier's bench (whose name I won't mention but it rhymes with Hell Fate) until my friend took it to another luthier, Gordon Zettwitz (R.I.P.) who completely rebuilt, restored and refinished it.

Because of its precarious previous life aquatic, the wood has developed more stress cracks (not too visible here) but they've been tended to and seem to have been stable for several years.

This all took place when, can you imagine, photos were preserved on film and paper! I'll have to dig through my boxes of Weissenborn-iana and make some scans.
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James Kerr


From:
Scotland, UK
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 11:41 am     Reply with quote

My 1964 Guatone D-8 I absolutely love it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKZQFcoHu9o

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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 1:02 pm     Reply with quote

Nice, James. I have one exactly like it. How did you determine that it's a 1964?
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James Kerr


From:
Scotland, UK
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 1:13 pm     Reply with quote

By the switches I think, after that it was rocker switches.
James.
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Doug Beaumier


From:
Northampton, MA
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 2:21 pm     Reply with quote

Mine has rocker switches:






My earlier one had the other kind of switches:


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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 4:33 am     Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone for the photos and comments. Beautiful instruments.

C. E. Smile Smile Smile
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Rick Aiello


From:
Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 6:14 am     Reply with quote

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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 6:52 am     Reply with quote

Tristan, at 5, learning to play a 1949 Silvertone. His favorite steel at the time.



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Paul Arntson


From:
Washington, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 12:03 pm     Reply with quote

The 49 Silvertone with the P13 pickup is the one I am sorry I let go.
Just like the one pictured above.
Amazing tone. I paid $85 for it back in the day.
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