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  Topic: looking for steels with Hawaiian tone
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 20
Views: 1107

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: 587

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: 640

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: 661

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: 1022

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: 1093

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: 2297

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: 605

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: 1044

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: 2704

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: 1258

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: 2782

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 ...
  Topic: To pad or not to pad?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 23
Views: 2498

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 18 Jan 2019 9:41 pm   Subject: To pad or not to pad?
Keyless Excel mica single 12 w/8+9. No pad. No knee lever placement issues. No unnecessary lumber. No ballast needed for stability. Breaks down into what looks like a tenor sax case. If you're a size ...
  Topic: Steve Ripley of the Tractors
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 9
Views: 1887

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 5 Jan 2019 10:42 am   Subject: Steve Ripley of the Tractors
Leon Russell introduced me to Steve in 1978 and he's been a close buddy ever since. His talents were manifold. Singer/songwriter, band leader,lead guitarist,inventor,luthier,recording engineer/produce ...
  Topic: Joaquin Murphey Single-8 reverse Bigsby
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 2
Views: 741

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 19 Dec 2018 1:10 pm   Subject: Joaquin Murphey Single-8 reverse Bigsby
Murph told me he only played it on one gig for one night in Pismo Beach,CA. He said besides the pedals,it had a locking tuning change mechanism operated with a hand lever. He flipped it once and it br ...
  Topic: Fender Cable Knee Levers
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 7
Views: 1757

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Nov 2018 10:35 pm   Subject: Fender Cable Knee Levers
I added 6 levers to an 800 ten string including an outside RKL and a vertical. Apart from a few bicycle brake parts and the 2 central reversing pulleys for RKR and outside RKL, I used all stock Fender ...
  Topic: Stringmaster Pickups on back neck of modern D10 Pedal Steel?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 2471

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 10 Nov 2018 3:46 pm   Subject: Stringmaster Pickups on back neck of modern D10 Pedal Steel?
It's somewhere in Louisiana. I like to hope its being played out on the bandstand in some smokey beer joint by a fine player who knows how special it is, and not gathering dust in a closet.
  Topic: Buddy Cage
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 47
Views: 4904

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 27 Oct 2018 6:10 pm   Subject: Buddy Cage
I always saw him play an Emmons PP D-10. Later he played a Dekely D-12 which I thought didn't have the mojo of his earlier Emmons tone. He and Sneaky Pete were the artistic ideals I strived for when I ...
  Topic: Fender Deluxe 8
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 17
Views: 1598

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Oct 2018 8:50 pm   Subject: Fender Deluxe 8
A6/7 is also a viable choice. Junior Brown's tuning tuned down to A w/appropriately heavier string gauges. More balls & better "sweetspot center" for common keys. A great guitar if you j ...
  Topic: Standard or lowboy?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 10
Views: 930

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 15 Oct 2018 8:33 pm   Subject: Standard or lowboy?
I'm 5'11" and of average leg/torso proportion. My preference is the lowest height volume pedal I can find. For years it was the standard stamped metal Fender volume pedal w/the yo-yo string and p ...
  Topic: Excel Superb
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 9
Views: 1537

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Oct 2018 6:06 pm   Subject: Excel Superb
I have a 2004 Superb keyless with the 25.5" scale. I never break any strings including the 3rd for which I use a .011 like most people. Mostly I attribute that to the way the changer finger moves ...
  Topic: Noel Boggs guitar
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 2773

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 12 Oct 2018 5:48 pm   Subject: Noel Boggs guitar
In the mid 1970s I was hanging out in a used guitar shop on Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood just a mile or so from the Palomino club and someone walked in with that guitar trying to sell it. I coul ...
  Topic: Stringmaster Pickups on back neck of modern D10 Pedal Steel?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 2471

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 5 Oct 2018 9:28 pm   Subject: Stringmaster Pickups on back neck of modern D10 Pedal Steel?
Jason Lollar makes 10 string Stringmaster pickups. I bought 2 of them and put them on a Fender 800 single 10 cable pull Fender pedal steel that came with 6 pedals. I had Chas Smith cut out custom pick ...
  Topic: What are the required skills of a session Steel Player?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 52
Views: 6817

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 2 Oct 2018 9:01 pm   Subject: What are the required skills of a session Steel Player?
I did more than a few sessions in the first 10 years of playing in bars but I didn't hit my stride until I became a recording engineer. That's when I found out how records are really put together. ...
  Topic: Pedal Steel Strings
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 25
Views: 2209

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 24 Sep 2018 2:55 pm   Subject: Pedal Steel Strings
Because of my slightly non standard E13/B13 12 string universal tuning, if I was to give the D’Addario NYXL strings a shot, I'd have to put my set together from loose singles. Is that possible?
 
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