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Rob Anderlik


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 1:59 pm     Reply with quote

I only have 2 lap steels - 1951 Oahu Diana and 1940 Rickenbacher B6.

The pickup in the Ricky is definitely more powerful of the two guitars, but the Diana is no slouch either. I prefer the playability of the Diana over the Ricky, but depending on what amp I am playing through the Ricky sounds pretty amazing.

I guess it's like asking a parent which one of his kids he loves the most. I love them both for the unique creatures they are!



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Mark Addeo


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New Jersey, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 4:54 pm     Reply with quote

Another stellar Clinesmith.
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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 14 Apr 2017 7:35 am     Reply with quote

Paul,
I agree that the P13 pickup, also commonly referred to as the Metal Covered Pickup with Rectangular Casing (MC pu), has a great tone. Gibson developed and used this pickup on their EH-100, EH-125, and EH-150 steels in the early 1940s. I have a Gibson EH-100 (v.4b) and a Gibson EH-150 (v.5) and am very pleased with both. Since my first steel was a 1949 Silvertone with the MC pu, I have also collected various 1940s steels with the MC pu: Harmony Sunburst, various Silvertones (Sunburst, Fancy Black, Natural). 1940s Harmony and Silvertone steels are still available at reasonable prices for vintage steels.
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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 9:46 am     Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone for the great photos and comments. Members certainly have many beautiful favorites, and interesting stories.

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Loren Tilley


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Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 3:06 pm     Reply with quote

Here is mine:
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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 8:09 am     Reply with quote

Larry Carlson wrote:
That, sir, is a very beautiful guitar......Whoa!

Larry, thank you for the compliment on my Gibson EH-185. I also have a Rickenbacher Silver Hawaiian (1 knob): c.1937. I must admit that the tone of the Silver Hawaiian is, in my opinion, the best of all Rickenbacher sheet metal body guitars.

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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 11:22 am     Re: How many variants were there of the EH185 Reply with quote

Michael Hogan wrote:
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.


Good to hear from you again Michael. I continue to enjoy your Resonator and Lap Steel Guitars site. Your EH-185 is a beautiful steel.

As you know, I share your like for the EH-185 steels and have a GIBSON EH-185 (v.1a) 6 STRING C.C. pu: c. 1939, from the first batch. EH-185 models with variable Hyblum plate thickness (5/16" thick under the fret-board and 1/4" thick in the controls area) were from the first batch made in 1939. Variable thickness plate models were not made after the Fall of 1939. The first batch also had a grey-colored non-slip material that follows the outline of the back and neck, rather than being diamond-shaped as on models after Fall of 1939.

Your Subject: How many variants were there of the EH-185?
EH-185 models were made in 6, 7, 8, 10 strings. Pickups were Charlie Christian and ES-300. Finishes were Sunburst and some Natural.
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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 2:21 pm     Reply with quote

I have just finished going through all posts again with great pleasure. Your favorites are beautiful steels and we can all enjoy looking at these again and again in the future. This will be a historical record that our grandchildren and others may GOOGLE one day and learn about our favorite lap steel, even it we fail to tell them. Photos are great and comments very interesting. We are a very diverse group. Thanks for the enjoyment.

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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 2:50 pm     Reply with quote

I would have to say that my Melbert runs a close second to my favorite...it depends on the day and my mood I guess, but to me, its hard to beat the Melbert, especially for the money !


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Robert Padwick


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Post Posted 16 May 2017 11:50 am     Reply with quote



This is my favourite steel and also the one I play the most. It's a Tremblay that I ordered based on an example that I saw at an HSGA Convention 4 or so years ago. It's made from Mahogany, and built to be small enough to throw in a suitcase for travel. I have reverted back to the round volume and tone knobs that the guitar came with originally, as opposed to the chicken head style in the photo. Also, due to glare, I gave the fret board a thin coat of the privacy spray that you would use on a bathroom window, since the material was shiny acrylic and reflections were a little distracting at times.

Sounds great and is super portable!
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Tom Wolverton


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San Diego, CA
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Bill Groner


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QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 30 May 2017 10:58 am     Reply with quote

My 2 favorites. Both are 2017 Groners!



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Jim Williams


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Meridian, Mississippi, USA - Home of Peavey!
Post Posted 11 Jun 2017 6:26 pm     Reply with quote

At the moment, probably play my old 6 string Guyatone most. Poor mans Stringmaster.
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Peter Lindelauf


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Penticton, BC
Post Posted 15 Jun 2017 7:15 pm     Reply with quote

Duesenberg Pomona 6. I've got three other lap steels -- two of 'em 'vintage' -- but if I had to flee a forest fire with one, this is it. Superb finish, great pickups, 25 1/2" scale, built in capo, two benders, and solid mahogany -- sustains...forever.


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Andy De Paule


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Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 7:54 am     My only one for now Reply with quote

My only one for now until my Clinesmith is done, Can't wait.
Getting a D-8 Stringmaster 22.5" scale that was a part trade on the PSG I was selling.

I bought this "Sho Bud" from a fellow on the forum for a reasonable price...




Okay I admit it, I put the Sho Bud decal and the pin up girls on it just for fun.
In fact I don't remember the actual brand now but it says "Little Roy Wiggens" on the keyhead.
The person I bought it from was planning to get another pickup for it, but I think the lipstick pickup on it now sounds just fine.
Have A6th on it now because I like the E on top and anything I learn on this will transfer to my E9th PSG's with pedals down; E A C# E F# A C# E
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Andy De Paule


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Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 8:02 am     My only one for now Reply with quote

My only one for now until my Clinesmith is done, Can't wait.
Getting a D-8 Stringmaster 22.5" scale that was a part trade on the PSG I was selling.

I bought this "Sho Bud" from a fellow on the forum for a reasonable price...




Okay I admit it, I put the Sho Bud decal and the pin up girls on it just for fun.
In fact I don't remember the actual brand now but it says "Little Roy Wiggens" on the keyhead.
The person I bought it from was planning to get another pickup for it, but I think it sounds just fine.
Have A6th on it now because I like the E on top and anything I learn on this will transfer to my E9th PSG's with pedals down; E A C# E F# A C# E
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Can be seen at this link; http://luthiersupply.com/instrument-gallery.html
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SD-10 Early 70's Rebuilt Sho Bud, 5&4.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
Also now have a Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
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Jim Williams


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Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 8:15 am     Reply with quote

Beautiful Duesenburg there Peter.
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Phillip Vaught


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Dallas,Texas, USA
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 11:08 am     Georgeboards s8 Reply with quote

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Bo Parker


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Alabama, USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2017 1:11 pm     Walnut Georgeboards S8 console Reply with quote

Another Georgeboards fan Smile

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