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  Topic: Excel Superb
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 8
Views: 525

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: 1701

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: 4
Views: 350

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: 4755

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: 1326

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: 470

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: 1326

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: 1731

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: 6077

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: 29
Views: 1592

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: 796

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: 796

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: 1895

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: 1628

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: 5945

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: 2427

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: 739

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: 1726

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 ...
  Topic: Constructing a fast solo
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 23
Views: 2238

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 27 Jun 2018 7:47 pm   Subject: Constructing a fast solo
I wonder what percentage of the world's steel players are at that level. To have a head full of original licks and just be able to execute them!

Some obvious few are closer than the rest of us but ...
  Topic: Constructing a fast solo
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 23
Views: 2238

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 24 Jun 2018 5:12 pm   Subject: Constructing a fast solo
Ideally a player strives to develop the technique and musical theory so he can dream up good ideas from an encyclopedic bag of styles he's developed over many years and get to those ideas on his instr ...
  Topic: Hands
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 11
Views: 1191

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 19 Jun 2018 4:55 pm   Subject: Hands
Dickie's hands...

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  Topic: U12 LKV: lower 5 & 9 or 5 alone to Bb?
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 7
Views: 539

PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 7 Jun 2018 10:05 pm   Subject: U12 LKV: lower 5 & 9 or 5 alone to Bb?
If you want to add something really useful to a E9/B6 U12, raise your 9th and 10th strings three half steps. I've had it on RKR and on a zero pedal. It works best for me on a zero pedal. Seems like lo ...
  Topic: Ed Black ZB Custom
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 53
Views: 15148

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 1 Apr 2018 10:07 pm   Subject: Ed Black ZB Custom
A lot of the Eddys album was recorded at my studio in North Hollywood but on those recordings, Ed played a push pull. I remember when just about everybody in town had one of his handmade guitar straps ...
  Topic: Chapman Stick 10 String Grand - Rosewood SOLD
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 6
Views: 1126

PostForum Section: For Sale: Other Instruments   Posted: 14 Mar 2018 4:28 pm   Subject: Chapman Stick 10 String Grand - Rosewood SOLD
I also play Stick and I invented and manufacture the Lap Dawg Stick accessory which consists of an aluminum bracket that bolts onto the back of the instrument using existing holes and has folding padd ...
  Topic: Nokie Edwards The Ventures
Michael Johnstone

Replies: 17
Views: 4601

PostForum Section: Gone Home   Posted: 13 Mar 2018 7:00 pm   Subject: Nokie Edwards The Ventures
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R.I.P Nole "Nokie" Edwards
He used to hang out on the set of Deadwood so they finally dressed him up as an undertaker and ...
 
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