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  Topic: Quilter Travis Toy 12 Signature Steel Guitar Combo Amp
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 27
Views: 2023

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 1 Oct 2019 6:54 pm   Subject: Quilter Travis Toy 12 Signature Steel Guitar Combo Amp
How does the single 12 in an open back cabinet handle the low end of C6 at concert stage volume? That would be my concern.
  Topic: C6th low string tone suggestions?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 11
Views: 664

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Sep 2019 8:32 pm   Subject: C6th low string tone suggestions?
The key thing for me is the pickup. With a single coil pickup, the low strings have full low fundamental AND a clear treble edge without the high strings sounding shrill. I could never quite achieve t ...
  Topic: Joaquin Murphey's last steel guitar- 9 string!
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 5
Views: 636

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Sep 2019 8:21 pm   Subject: Joaquin Murphey's last steel guitar- 9 string!
Murph spent many hours playing that guitar in my studio and played it on his last recordings. It lived in my studio for a couple years after he died. I finally had to let go and give it back to Chas. ...
  Topic: The pitfalls of the Asian knock-off resos
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 13
Views: 1090

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 10 Sep 2019 8:06 pm   Subject: The pitfalls of the Asian knock-off resos
I bought a top of the line Regal around 2003 and put a Q cone in it right away. Maybe I just got lucky but that thing records great with a Neumann U87 and has a fat, articulate hi/midrange honk. I've ...
  Topic: Does anyone recommend this Sierra “Stafford elegante”?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 16
Views: 1011

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Aug 2019 2:31 pm   Subject: Does anyone recommend this Sierra “Stafford elegante”?
If I came into one of those guitars, I'd probably just string it up as a 12 string E9/B6 cause that's what I'm used to and anyhow I don't see the need for the extra high and low G#s. They're extremely ...
  Topic: Sneaky Pete tone question
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 15
Views: 1958

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 22 Aug 2019 7:29 pm   Subject: Sneaky Pete tone question
He had a custom built one-of-a-kind fuzz box and it was built into his Fender 400. I hear maybe a little analog chorus which was a stand alone unit. I heard him get that sound right there many times a ...
  Topic: Got me a Deluxe (DRRI)
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 14
Views: 1143

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 12 Aug 2019 1:07 pm   Subject: Got me a Deluxe (DRRI)
A patch made from a woman's nylon stocking and Weldwood contact cement is more viable and permanently flexible patch for a torn speaker cone. It has no discernable effect on the sound and physical exc ...
  Topic: Aspen Pittman
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 7
Views: 1283

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 10 Aug 2019 4:54 pm   Subject: Aspen Pittman
Aspen Pittman audio designer, inventor and founder and owner of Groove Tubes was killed in a motor vehicle accident yesterday in Saugus, California. Red Rhodes introduced me to Aspen around 1977 when ...
  Topic: C6/A7 vs C13 on High G tuning 8 string?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 14
Views: 919

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 7 Aug 2019 8:10 pm   Subject: C6/A7 vs C13 on High G tuning 8 string?
On 8-string non-pedal I've used Jr Brown's C13 to great satisfaction and also Murph's C6/A7 except with the high B on top instead of on the bottom like Murph cause it made more sense to me. Nowadays I ...
  Topic: Current PSG brands with extra changer finger?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 17
Views: 1377

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 6 Aug 2019 6:48 pm   Subject: Current PSG brands with extra changer finger?
An extra finger? You mean extra raise/lower beyond 3&3?
My Excel has a 5 raise/4 lower changer and there's plenty enough capacity to do anything I could dream up. On the Excel, the half stops are ...
  Topic: Want To Trade Alesis Nanoverb Effects Unit
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 1
Views: 334

PostForum Section: For Sale: Amps and Accessories   Posted: 2 Aug 2019 7:58 pm   Subject: Want To Trade Alesis Nanoverb Effects Unit
I have a Boss RV-2 I'll trade. For all practical purposes, it's basically the same reverb. I used it for years for an alternative to typical spring reverbs found on Peavey 400s, etc until I switched t ...
  Topic: How to sound like Ralph Mooney?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 50
Views: 3916

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 25 Jul 2019 8:01 pm   Subject: How to sound like Ralph Mooney?
If you really want to absorb and internalize a player's style, you actually DO have to learn his licks note for note. The enterprise of doing that forces you to dig deep to discover his positions, the ...
  Topic: Greg Leisz
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 11
Views: 1541

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 20 Jul 2019 5:02 pm   Subject: Greg Leisz
Greg is a great guy and very generous with his time. I've known him since the 70s. If you see him tell him Mike Johnstone sent you.
  Topic: looking for steels with Hawaiian tone
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 1991

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Jul 2019 8:39 pm   Subject: looking for steels with Hawaiian tone
A little bird told me Colin Alder moved from Santa Cruz to the Big Island and is making CruzTones again. I'll put my 8 string CruzTone console with a horseshoe against any steel - old or new. Having ...
  Topic: Excel Superb, long scale - PICTURES ADDED
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 12
Views: 920

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 11 Jul 2019 8:32 pm   Subject: Excel Superb, long scale - PICTURES ADDED
Do yourself a favor and switch to Jagwires and start using a 0.115 plain for the 3rd string. I play 20-30 4 set gigs on my 25.5" keyless 12 string Excel Superb and only change that string when it ...
  Topic: Williams 400 Series U12 unstable tuning
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 13
Views: 959

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 9 Jul 2019 5:01 pm   Subject: Williams 400 Series U12 unstable tuning
Your A pedal cross shaft is flexing when loaded and then slightly unloaded when the secondary raise takes over. Then when the secondary raise is released,
it comes back to rest on the now differentl ...
  Topic: Left knee levers don't line up with abc paddles
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 9
Views: 846

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Jun 2019 4:07 pm   Subject: Left knee levers don't line up with abc paddles
It's not hard to move all those things around and get em exactly where you want. Just gotta dig in. Take pictures and make drawings. If you understand one changer linkage you understand them all.
  Topic: Stringmaster VS Dual Professional
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 14
Views: 1272

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Jun 2019 11:59 am   Subject: Stringmaster VS Dual Professional
Tried 'em all including all eras,configurations and scale lengths of Stringmasters. My favorite: Mid 60s 24" D-8 Stringmaster. The blender pot is the secret sauce on those puppies. Punchy,twangy, ...
  Topic: Why no g# to g drop on E9?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 14
Views: 1304

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 5 Jun 2019 10:40 am   Subject: Why no g# to g drop on E9?
I've always lowered my G#s to G since 1973. On my current 12 string universal I lower all 3 G#s on RKR. On the same lever I also lower my 2nd string (which I tune to C#) to D for a nice m7. My Excel i ...
  Topic: Nashville 400 Price Reduced
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 12
Views: 2501

PostForum Section: For Sale: Amps and Accessories   Posted: 27 May 2019 9:37 am   Subject: Nashville 400 Price Reduced
Total cost shipped to California for the Nash 400?
  Topic: Is Jim Burden "Bullet Bars" Still In Business??
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 716

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 May 2019 9:53 pm   Subject: Is Jim Burden "Bullet Bars" Still In Business??
I have a 4" x 15/16" 12 string bar he made me about 15 years ago and it's still my main bar.
  Topic: Traveling with Pedal Steel through Customs
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 16
Views: 1145

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 16 May 2019 1:51 pm   Subject: Traveling with Pedal Steel through Customs
I always have a flyer laminated in plastic that has a picture of the steel set up and me playing it and text that says: To whom it may concern: This is a very expensive musical instrument called a ped ...
  Topic: I Hate My Half Stop
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 46
Views: 2964

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 25 Mar 2019 8:25 pm   Subject: I Hate My Half Stop
I've had that change all my life on various levers on various steels and I finally realized that if you put it on a lever that is actuated by the inner thigh (RKL or LKR) it's easier to feel the half- ...
  Topic: What is the root of lap steel tonal signatures?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 17
Views: 1405

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Mar 2019 1:51 pm   Subject: What is the root of lap steel tonal signatures?
To my ear the classic non pedal steel tones come from Rickys, Fenders and Bigsbys. Thicker,bolder,more prominent fundamental and better string separation than a pedal steel. All the ones I've loved ha ...
  Topic: Sneaky Pete at ISGA in St Louis
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 25
Views: 2996

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 25 Jan 2019 3:45 am   Subject: Sneaky Pete at ISGA in St Louis
I knew Pete since about 1977 and he told one time that he "just didn't get" steel guitar conventions. "It's like a bunch of little old ladies that get together and compare their sewing ...
 
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