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  Topic: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 29
Views: 1381

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 7 Aug 2020 7:52 pm   Subject: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
Dennis, those look horrible. I have a BMI S10 apart and it's nothing like that. 8nly one of the rods is shaped for clearance. That's a bad one for sure. If you can, I would appreciate more details on ...
  Topic: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 29
Views: 1381

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 7 Aug 2020 7:50 pm   Subject: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
On a BMI I like to change the pull rods too 7/64 it gives more clearance in the changer holes.

That might have helped. I found there was just no room for anything but a perfectly parallel alignmen ...
  Topic: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 29
Views: 1381

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 7 Aug 2020 1:16 pm   Subject: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
Wow Wow BMI pedal steels out of all the steel I’ve worked has to me one of the easiest steels to work on.

Maybe the changer and tuning rods of the old 70's one I got were seriously messed up ...
  Topic: Best pedal steel on the market 2020
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 31
Views: 1884

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 5 Aug 2020 10:35 am   Subject: Re: Best pedal steel on the market 2020
Like probably 90% of people in America, I cannot just drive somewhere and try out different models for myself, so I need good honest opinions.

This is, I think, the key to the OP's question and the ...
  Topic: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 29
Views: 1381

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 4 Aug 2020 9:03 am   Subject: Thoughts about BMI pedal steels
I can't comment on a new, or perfectly set up used BMI, but my experience restoring a 70's S-12 to a playable state was not a good one.

I bought a very used 70's BMI S12 as a restoration project. ...
  Topic: Need a Tuning Chart
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 12
Views: 866

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 1 Aug 2020 3:41 pm   Subject: Need a Tuning Chart
Well that shows how much I know about 12 string tuning! Looking at it now, I would miss the D 9th string.

I need to go a few years before I try a new tuning, but an extra E down low would be allri ...
  Topic: Lap steel player looking for his first Pedal Steel...
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 10
Views: 451

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 1 Aug 2020 1:57 pm   Subject: Lap steel player looking for his first Pedal Steel...
My experience has made me a strong believer that a beginner should buy as good of a new pedal steel as they can afford rather than a used one. I bought 2 used lemons before I learned this lesson: The ...
  Topic: Recommendations wanted
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 9
Views: 484

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 28 Jul 2020 3:54 pm   Subject: Recommendations wanted
I would highly recommend buying new if at all possible. Used is only a good idea for a beginner if it's from a local store or pedal steel expert who knows how to properly setup a used instrument and ...
  Topic: Three Fingers
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 18
Views: 1043

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Jul 2020 12:43 pm   Subject: Three Fingers


I found it had uses on E9 too, and now I play a uni I'd be lost without it.

While I don't wear picks, I use the thumb and 3 fingers approach on my extended E9 12 string. No way I could play my ...
  Topic: Steel guitar Beauty contest?
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 84
Views: 7234

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 May 2020 10:00 am   Subject: Steel guitar Beauty contest?
How about a category for vinyl wraps Winking

This is my 2018 Mullen G2 in a space nebula vinyl snowboard wrap...

https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/userpix2020-03/15895_IMG_7813_closeup_1.jpg
https ...
  Topic: A Question for the Steel Guitar Medical Clinic
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 14
Views: 1449

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 May 2020 2:01 pm   Subject: A Question for the Steel Guitar Medical Clinic
I developed cubital tunnel syndrome in the early 90's Sad

I was working as a Software Engineer, typing all day then playing guitar/bass/drums/keyboards for a few hours most every night. The cond ...
  Topic: Fender 400 Sunburst ** On Hold **
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 8
Views: 2359

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 3 May 2020 9:31 am   Subject: Fender 400 Sunburst ** On Hold **

Yes, they are very well built, and have a great vintage Fender pickup. If you string them up with the lower 8 strings of the E9th chromatic tuning, you can retune to C6th with a high G without chang ...
  Topic: Fender 400 Sunburst ** On Hold **
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 8
Views: 2359

PostForum Section: For Sale: Steel Guitars   Posted: 1 May 2020 6:07 pm   Subject: Fender 400 Sunburst ** On Hold **
This looks just like mine and very nice it still has the "F" bridge cover. These 400's are more versatile than most realize. Besides functioning as a pedal steel, the pickups on these soun ...
  Topic: Name a change you could live without (if you had to)
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 34
Views: 2312

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 6 Apr 2020 3:34 pm   Subject: Name a change you could live without (if you had to)
I'd drop my pedal 4 strings 1 & 7 half step raise (it's the only change I have on string 1). After arranging a dozen songs for ExtD9 I've only used it once Winking
  Topic: Jeffran Music and Melissa
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 41
Views: 5355

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 6 Apr 2020 3:21 pm   Subject: Jeffran Music and Melissa
To protect ourselves from those, well, such as you.

Oh Well

Just wow. With a customer service approach like that she soon won't have to exercise her intelligence serving any customers Whoa!
  Topic: My first pedal steel guitar
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 25
Views: 3210

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 3 Apr 2020 1:49 pm   Subject: My first pedal steel guitar
Early 90's...I'd been playing electric guitar for years and was aware of pedal steel through it's appearance on some of my favorite rock songs, (The Stones - Torn and Frayed, Grateful Dead - Pride of ...
  Topic: Mullen G2 Arm Pad Project & Vinyl Wrap Repair
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 5
Views: 947

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 2 Apr 2020 2:50 pm   Subject: Vinyl Wrap Repair Complete
So today was the day to reapply a new vinyl wrap to the arm pad and back panels. I ordered the exact same dimensions and style as the original vinyl wrap. Found the right spot to cut that would be a ...
  Topic: How to Tune Down To D
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 25
Views: 2086

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 2 Apr 2020 9:58 am   Subject: How to Tune Down To D
thanks for the info, my 6 is tuned
beg#beg#, couldnt I just drop it
down ,all notes by one whole step. at the tuning keys ?
Sure. Try it. Here’s what I would say to expect -
Your pedals wi ...
  Topic: Look What I Found
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 14
Views: 1678

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Mar 2020 10:13 am   Subject: Look What I Found
That's very cool b0b...I think you invented the spreadsheet Winking
  Topic: Fingernails on Adjacent Strings?
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 14
Views: 1140

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Mar 2020 10:06 am   Subject: Fingernails on Adjacent Strings?
Speaking as one of the few players here that doesn't use finger picks, I absolutely have to keep my nails trimmed. Once they grow out a bit I'm constantly grabbing the 'next string up' by mistake. N ...
  Topic: Franklin D 10
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 37
Views: 4563

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Mar 2020 2:05 pm   Subject: Franklin D 10
Ya, and it's not a profit until someone actually buys it Winking
  Topic: Rick Schmidt's D-12 copedant
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 14
Views: 1445

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Mar 2020 12:21 pm   Subject: Rick Schmidt's D-12 copedant
Found it!!!!!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJUiMp_I-O0&t=587s

I've watched this video many times as my experience with Extended E9 (or ExtD9 in my case as I downtune a step) has grown o ...
  Topic: Questions about BMI SD-12...
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 12
Views: 956

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Mar 2020 7:20 am   Subject: Questions about BMI SD-12...
Dennis, I have a Mullen D10 8x4 bought new in 94. A fine guitar. I really don't know why I had to sample a few others.

Ya, I had my Mullen 1.5 years before I got the BMI. I had no intention to eve ...
  Topic: Questions about BMI SD-12...
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 12
Views: 956

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Mar 2020 1:46 pm   Subject: Questions about BMI SD-12...
Mine seems to work well...

That's all that matters!

The BMI SD12 would have been fun to play with and I'd planned to put Zane Beck's universal tuning on it but it just didn't work out. That's ...
  Topic: what would you do with 8 strings and 5 pedals?
Dennis Montgomery

Replies: 17
Views: 994

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Mar 2020 9:16 am   Subject: what would you do with 8 strings and 5 pedals?
I added Knee levers to my Fender (cable actuated) pedal steel.

It's very easy, Just a simple 1x2 pine lever, small door hinge and a bicycle cable... They worked very well, (just as quickly and accu ...
 
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