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  Topic: "C" pedal question
Lane Gray

Replies: 47
Views: 2866

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 8 Mar 2018 7:29 pm   Subject: "C" pedal question
When looking at minor chords, don't overlook the G#m (at the nut) of using the E lowers. The whole tone drop of 2 and the 2 F# strings provide neat melodic scale tones in there, too.
  Topic: more and or different Pedals & Knee Lever questions
Lane Gray

Replies: 12
Views: 770

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 8 Mar 2018 4:53 pm   Subject: more and or different Pedals & Knee Lever questions
Both. Its most obvious uses are:
Turning the E9th into an F#9 (no pedals, by dropping the 5ths, you imply going up a half step)
Turning C#m into C#m(maj7) (with the A pedal down, often followed by ...
  Topic: Tuning Problem
Lane Gray

Replies: 3
Views: 366

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Feb 2018 8:45 am   Subject: Tuning Problem
Are you leaving enough wraps that the strings aren't slipping on the tuner?
  Topic: 2ng stg d to C# lower
Lane Gray

Replies: 26
Views: 2308

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Feb 2018 5:11 am   Subject: 2ng stg d to C# lower
I, too, am getting a little weary of the weakness of the half-stop at D, but am unwilling to give up the C#, I find it more useful than the D.
Unfortunately, when someone wanted to know how to play t ...
  Topic: b string splits
Lane Gray

Replies: 2
Views: 408

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Feb 2018 4:51 am   Subject: b string splits
What kind of guitar do you have?
If you don't have the endblocks drilled for the screws, when you rig the knee lever, add a rod on the bellcrank that goes to the raise scissor.
Tune the C note of b ...
  Topic: Replacement parts for Nashville Ltd. (rods and ball joints)
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 511

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 26 Feb 2018 4:47 am   Subject: Replacement parts for Nashville Ltd. (rods and ball joints)
They're also regularly used as carburetor linkages: if you have friends in the antique car world, they might be able to help you, although their being in SAE rather than metric may hamper your quest i ...
  Topic: Simmons Steel
Lane Gray

Replies: 4
Views: 866

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Feb 2018 5:11 pm   Subject: Simmons Steel
Bob, last time I spoke with him, is a little bit old school, and doesn't bother with the internet much.
Pick up the phone and call him. But be in a comfy chair, he's a cool guy to talk to; it could t ...
  Topic: Question about lever assignments in Emmons E9
Lane Gray

Replies: 2
Views: 383

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Feb 2018 5:06 pm   Subject: Question about lever assignments in Emmons E9
What Richard said. If you have your E changes on the left knee (common, but not universal), and you have the pedals A, B, C in that order (commonly called the Emmons setup: CBA is the Day setup), then ...
  Topic: Who is making standard bars now ?
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 935

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Feb 2018 4:57 pm   Subject: Who is making standard bars now ?
Steve Gunder, SDF bars in Topeka, is still going, as well.
He offers many different materials
  Topic: 1, 4, 5, 6m, 2
Lane Gray

Replies: 9
Views: 1309

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Feb 2018 9:13 am   Subject: 1, 4, 5, 6m, 2
I move the bar when I require a different place on the neck to get the OTHER notes I want (you can find the notes of the chord anywhere). There's no right, wrong or goofy; just the artistic decision o ...
  Topic: Pull-release question
Lane Gray

Replies: 4
Views: 1160

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 31 Jan 2018 8:39 pm   Subject: Pull-release question
Half tone tuners on the lowering rod, and the lowering rod held at the "open note" by a different stop.
Just like the raises, but working the other direction.
  Topic: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 1066

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 31 Jan 2018 8:35 pm   Subject: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
What about a rack and barrels ShoBud. One of the things I love about them is it's so easy to change things, experiment.
Absolutely. But that's not the guitar he's looking at.
  Topic: MSA D10 Classic problems and plans.
Lane Gray

Replies: 9
Views: 1195

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 29 Jan 2018 10:23 am   Subject: MSA D10 Classic problems and plans.
If you say you feel a hitch or notch, you need to find out whether it's in the pull train (most likely) or whether something is interfering with the scissor action (less likely, and most likely a ball ...
  Topic: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 1066

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Jan 2018 8:49 am   Subject: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
Pull-release is similar to the push-pull, except that it uses a rod with a return spring on the end of it instead of the lower finger.
  Topic: Newbie Q: Working on pedal steel?
Lane Gray

Replies: 17
Views: 1213

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Jan 2018 8:46 am   Subject: Newbie Q: Working on pedal steel?
I've done that, but unless you're on the seat, all the fittings are at full arm extension
  Topic: Pull release system info.
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 1556

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Jan 2018 6:56 pm   Subject: Pull release system info.
Dustin, it can DEFINITELY support half stops, and it can simulate some splits.
If you have a whole tone drop of a spring and then want a pseudo split that will always be used with another change (lik ...
  Topic: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 1066

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Jan 2018 6:48 pm   Subject: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
A pull-release guitar is fully capable of running a very complex copedent, but you'll either have to make or buy a LOT of parts.
See the current pull-release thread, there are a lot of pictures and d ...
  Topic: adjusting what some levers/pedals do on my own?
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 764

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Jan 2018 6:45 pm   Subject: adjusting what some levers/pedals do on my own?
Both of those locations are common.
My advice for all new players is: unless your guitar has a weird setup, learn on what you have, and only make changes when you understand what you'll gain and what ...
  Topic: Newbie Q: Working on pedal steel?
Lane Gray

Replies: 17
Views: 1213

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Jan 2018 6:41 pm   Subject: Newbie Q: Working on pedal steel?
I bought some of Bob Cox's work legs, used them for a while, then I started doing what Donny and Georg do.
  Topic: Pedal steel builders who do a sunburst or similar finish?
Lane Gray

Replies: 13
Views: 1389

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 22 Jan 2018 12:58 pm   Subject: Pedal steel builders who do a sunburst or similar finish?
Williams, Show Pro, Jackson. Just about everyone except for Fred Justice (I think he's pretty much just mica and drum wrap). I think Jerry Fessenden does, and I think I've seen it on a Mullen.
Choose ...
  Topic: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
Lane Gray

Replies: 11
Views: 1066

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 22 Jan 2018 12:54 pm   Subject: E9 -> C6 conversion: how hard?
Student model.
Fixed copedent.
This means that a guy with wrenches and screwdrivers stands no chance whatsoever.
A guy with a machine shop and an understanding of pull-release mechanics would fin ...
  Topic: No picks?
Lane Gray

Replies: 44
Views: 2479

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 22 Jan 2018 3:59 am   Subject: No picks?
That’s a good word Lane that my spell checker won’t let me type, lol.. Scraping is totally different meaning to me than attack pick sound. I like the pick attack sound on certain types songs like ...
  Topic: No picks?
Lane Gray

Replies: 44
Views: 2479

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 21 Jan 2018 10:18 pm   Subject: No picks?
With practice you can get bags of attack without the "skrink" (my word for the sound of the pick scraping the strings).
  Topic: No picks?
Lane Gray

Replies: 44
Views: 2479

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 21 Jan 2018 1:49 pm   Subject: No picks?
Banjo with noisy right hand:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=r3o0hHAWX7Y
I can't think, off the top of my head, of any steel players with pick noise on record without distortion. Buddy Cage's fuzz sol ...
  Topic: picking improvement patience
Lane Gray

Replies: 19
Views: 2245

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 21 Jan 2018 11:14 am   Subject: picking improvement patience
At one point in a similar discussion, Paul Franklin chimed in with a (to me) profound observation;
Your fingers are not the limiting factor.
The thing that slows you down is thinking about how to p ...
 
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