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  Topic: Steve Ripley of the Tractors
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 918

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: 610

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: 1507

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: 2171

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: 4095

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: 1381

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: 772

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: 1337

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: 2154

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: 2171

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: 5686

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: 1691

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?
  Topic: Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 7
Views: 647

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 23 Sep 2018 12:19 pm   Subject: Duet for Theremin and Lap Steel
Two - count 'em - two manually operated pitch approximators.
  Topic: Pedal Steel Strings
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 25
Views: 1691

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 23 Sep 2018 12:15 pm   Subject: Pedal Steel Strings
I too am looking for something to replace my dwindling stash of JagWire strings. What's the state of the art low breakage pedal steel specific strings that I can put together my own custom gauge non-s ...
  Topic: Reaching A pedal with LKR engaged
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 30
Views: 2111

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 12 Sep 2018 2:23 pm   Subject: Reaching A pedal with LKR engaged
I use that combination once in a blue moon like on the ending double-stop run on Song for Sara by Paul Franklin. It takes a limber ankle and a careful setup of the angle across the A & B pedals wh ...
  Topic: Fults Proto-1 Pedal Steel Guitar... NEW PICS OF UNDERSIDE...
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 35
Views: 9104

PostForum Section: New Product Announcements   Posted: 12 Sep 2018 2:14 pm   Subject: Fults Proto-1 Pedal Steel Guitar... NEW PICS OF UNDERSIDE...
Fine tuners? Or are they pedal stop tuners like you'd normally find in the cutout at the right end plate? Looks like they're stopped at the cross shaft instead of at the fingers. Seems like that could ...
  Topic: 50 Pound (and Under) Steel Guitars?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 33
Views: 2624

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 27 Aug 2018 10:28 pm   Subject: 50 Pound (and Under) Steel Guitars?
Excel keyless U-12 w/8+9. 38 pounds. 49 pounds in flight case.

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  Topic: Received my SX lap steel
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 10
Views: 934

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 19 Aug 2018 12:51 pm   Subject: Received my SX lap steel
Someone should make and market a repro stud tailpiece especially for lap steel, patterned after the mid-'50s Gibson

It couldn't be too difficult to cut one out of 6061 aluminum or brass 1/2" r ...
  Topic: Received my SX lap steel
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 10
Views: 934

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Aug 2018 10:18 pm   Subject: Received my SX lap steel
I got one of those recently and I like it. I needed a 6 string tuned to DADGAD for one tune in my band's show and I didn't want to restring my 8 string or try to play it on A6 tuning cause it lays so ...
  Topic: What do you do when you can no longer hold the bar?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 29
Views: 2235

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 9 Jul 2018 10:15 pm   Subject: What do you do when you can no longer hold the bar?
This guy found a way....
https://youtu.be/6IrSq1rOoL4
  Topic: Steel break on Waylon's "I'll go back to her"
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 12
Views: 1754

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 9 Jul 2018 9:47 pm   Subject: Steel break on Waylon's "I'll go back to her"
To cop the Moon, you have to live with everything he did with Waylon but also especially with Wynn Stewart and internalize it till you can play back his licks and solos in your mind like a tape record ...
  Topic: Pedal steel capo
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 21
Views: 6186

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 8 Jul 2018 10:15 am   Subject: Pedal steel capo
I would think any clamp-on type capo would interfere with the pedals (horizontal string movement). I used to employ a standard dobro bar placed upside down under the strings of my Sho-Bud Professional ...
  Topic: Erecting and breaking down your steel
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 30
Views: 2683

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 8 Jul 2018 10:04 am   Subject: Erecting and breaking down your steel
First step - Get the lightest single neck keyless guitar you can find. No false back neck dead weight "loafers" allowed. Hey live with it. In my case an Excel Superb U-12 with 8+9 which weig ...
  Topic: Any Steel Players near Santa Clarita, CA?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 841

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 1 Jul 2018 4:05 pm   Subject: Any Steel Players near Santa Clarita, CA?
What style and tuning are you wanting to play?
  Topic: Sell me on A6 tuning
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 24
Views: 2087

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Jun 2018 10:05 am   Subject: Sell me on A6 tuning
What I do is tune the low string up a half-step to G and then you got Junior Brown's tuning except in A and as such it has more balls than the same tuning in C and renders having a C6 tuning on anothe ...
 
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