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Stefan Robertson


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Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 1:54 am     Reply with quote

I'd say off and on for about 12 years. Most of the time off.

I started with Open D and Open C because of Ben Harper and Kelly Joe Phelps a while ago then quit playing altogether and played regular guitar.

Got a 12 string superslide Reece C6 Tuning - upset my ex-wife. Cost us a small vacation. then after it was stolen I stopped altogether.

Started back recently but seriously studying theory this time around about a year and a half ago.

Went through many iterations of tunings from CM9 - CM13 to Em9 to E13 to Leavitt

Then Combined Leavitt and E13 and created my Bebop E13#9/F which has it all. Never went back to anything less than 12 strings. Never needed it.
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G Strout


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Carabelle, Florida
Post Posted 3 Sep 2017 8:14 pm     Reply with quote

Started in the early 60's. Rick B6 Panda with an A maj tuning. Changed to a C6 after a few years. Then the Stones and Beatles suddenly became "the thing" I endured a lot of razzing from my classmates until 1969-70 when the Allman Brothers came on the scene..... changed to an E tuning with a Marshall amp and suddenly I was "cool" again.LOL Rolling Eyes
These days I am back on C6 - E9/13 using an Excel JB Model D8. Also Marlen S10 (E9) and a pack of Guitars... mostly Guilds and Fenders.
These days playing more non pedal than I do pedal.
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C. E. Jackson


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Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 4 Sep 2017 6:06 am     Reply with quote

Jack Hanson wrote:
C. E. Jackson wrote:
Having a great day as Nancy and I are celebrating our 60th anniversary.

Congratulations, C. E. That is an accomplishment to be very proud of. Cheers!


Jack, thanks for the kind words. We had a great day with our family.

C. E. Smile

Erv Niehaus wrote:
C. E.,
We have very similar backgrounds.
I started on an acoustic Oahu guitar about the same time you did, then graduated to an electric Gibson lap guitar.
I also started on the A, high bass tuning.
I still use that tuning on a dobro.
When I got into the different tunings I got a T-8 Stringmaster and played that until I ordered my 1st pedal steel from Shot Jackson in approx. 1967. Very Happy


You are right, Erv. Our backgrounds are very similar. Maybe our ages are similar???? Smile I am glad to still be here,
and very happy we can both still enjoy playing our steels.

C. E. Very Happy



I am really enjoying all the posts, and especially seeing the photos of young children playing steels.
Thanks everyone for the posts and photos.


Here is a photo of my youngest grandson, Tristan, learning to play steel in 2008. Learning on a
1949 Silvertone 6 string in A tuning. Tristan is 14 now, 6 foot tall, and playing football on the
Madison County School team.

My......how time does pass.






C. E. Very Happy
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 4 Sep 2017 7:24 am     Reply with quote

C. E.,
I'm thinking we are of the same vintage, age wise, but you've got me beat by 10 years in the marriage department. My bride and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in August.
My, how time flies when you're having fun! Rolling Eyes
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C. E. Jackson


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Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 4 Sep 2017 4:41 pm     Reply with quote

Erv Niehaus wrote:
C. E.,
I'm thinking we are of the same vintage, age wise, but you've got me beat by 10 years in the marriage department. My bride and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary in August.
My, how time flies when you're having fun! Rolling Eyes


Erv, I believe we are the same vintage, age wise. Congratulations to you and your bride on celebrating your 50th anniversary. After reaching
anniversaries past the 50th, it gets kind of hard for many couples to remember life before marriage. Take care and enjoy playing your steel.

C. E. Very Happy
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 7:25 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, C. E. Very Happy
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David Becker


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California, USA
Post Posted 5 Sep 2017 9:34 am     Reply with quote

Slightly more than a year ago. Took it up upon retirement. Hadn't done any music since before I was a teen, and never played guitar. First was Rondo SX 6 string, C6 tuning. Shortly after, got a good deal on a National Chicago model, 6 string, which is now my main player, in C6. Rondo is now in open E. Fairly recently bought that beautiful keyless 8-string that Johnie King made and have it tuned in A6 for western swing. I'm loving learning to play, humbling though it is, and I play in 3-4 jams a month.
Love this forum. So many talented musicians sharing their knowledge and passion is truly inspiring.
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Tom Johnstone


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 6 Sep 2017 2:10 am     Reply with quote

A noob here. I bought a no-name 6 string 2 months ago that has a Duesenberg bender bridge and originally started with open E tuning. Now settled on A6. I have an 8 string Bennett keyless on the way and my eye on another vintage 6. I'm a bass player by profession but have always fancied some steel in my life. Smile
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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 6 Sep 2017 4:04 am     Reply with quote

Tom, thanks for the post and welcome to the Forum. I noticed you joined yesterday. Lots of great people and information here.

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Mick Hearn


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United Kingdom
Post Posted 6 Sep 2017 5:33 am     Reply with quote

I started in the 60's playing electric guitar and then took up pedal steel in 1975.
About 1998 I had put the steel away and was doing solo work with 50's and 60's. I got a 3/4 Dean electric guitar and tuned it open G having raised the nut. Used to carry it around to do one solo which was Road to Hell and then later some Leeroy Parnell stuff.
In the meantime I had purchased a George Boards 8 string and started to mess around but did not take it seriously until just over 2 years ago when I got my National Console. From there it just took off playing around with C6 and E13 tuning. The bug has bitten as I prefer lap steel to pedal steel albeit twisting the bar backwards and forwards to play some pedal steel stuff as well as more traditional swing.

It seems to me that I can see whats going on better with the lap steel than pedal steel. Also started listening to all the lap steel greats and found a whole new exciting world out there.
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Tom Johnstone


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Post Posted 6 Sep 2017 7:21 am     Reply with quote

C. E. Jackson wrote:
Tom, thanks for the post and welcome to the Forum. I noticed you joined yesterday. Lots of great people and information here.

C. E. Very Happy


Many thanks for the welcome, C.E.

Yeah, this place doesn't help my GAS Smile
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 6 Sep 2017 8:40 am     Reply with quote

April 2014, so a little over 3 yrs. I knew it would take me two years to get to the level of "suck" but I didn't realize I'd remain stuck there. Razz Having a great time with it though and the bands that I play sax and harmonica with keep encouraging me to play more lap steel. Hmmm... maybe that says more about my sax and harmonica playing? Laughing

Started on a Supro Airliner six string tuned to open E and later changed to E over A (Amaj9). Also have A6 on my double necks. I've also acquired a small collection of lap and console steels as part of my fascination with this instrument.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 6 Sep 2017 8:45 am     Reply with quote

It sounds like you are suffering from GAS (guitar acquisition syndrome) Laughing
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