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  Topic: Update on 10 String-Hardware Installed and Strings
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 22
Views: 4851

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Dec 2016 9:25 am   Subject: Update on 10 String-Hardware Installed and Strings
That came out nice Sonny!
  Topic: SX 8 string lap steel from Rondo
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 60
Views: 24503

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Dec 2016 9:21 am   Subject: SX 8 string lap steel from Rondo
Would a double slotted headstock be better? Or is solid the only way to go?
There are many variables in headstock design, but in general, for a slotted design where both are the same thickness, a dou ...
  Topic: Bridge grounding
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 11
Views: 2476

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Dec 2016 8:25 am   Subject: Bridge grounding
It's just strange that I haven't had hum issues before, at least not that I've noticed.
Chasing down the source of noise can be tough. I had an issue once where the transformer mounted in the garage ...
  Topic: New Clinesmith Models B and C
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 12
Views: 4959

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Dec 2016 8:09 am   Subject: New Clinesmith Models B and C
Those look great Todd!
  Topic: Bridge grounding
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 11
Views: 2476

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 13 Dec 2016 4:55 pm   Subject: Bridge grounding
Most likely its fine, but if you have a multimeter it would not hurt to double check that you have ground continuity between the ground on the jack to the pots and bridge plate.

Some shielding of t ...
  Topic: Shielding to reduce hum
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 7
Views: 1969

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Dec 2016 5:04 pm   Subject: Re: Shielding to reduce hum
Is cavity shielding with copper foil more effective than multiple coats of black conductive paint? ...
Both have their pros and cons, but if properly done, both can work very well.

My personal pre ...
  Topic: New DIY Lap Steel
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 8
Views: 2307

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Dec 2016 4:31 pm   Subject: New DIY Lap Steel
Great job Terry! I'll bet it sounds great. Tele style pickups can be a lot of fun in a steel and there are some great ones to chose from too.
  Topic: I think I found a prototype to the first electric Nationals
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 36
Views: 7687

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 3 Dec 2016 9:01 am   Subject: I think I found a prototype to the first electric Nationals
... I changed my mind about the finish; without the gold, it just looked incomplete. ...
Good call! It certainly looks right to me. I would not bet against that being the original color scheme.
  Topic: Pics of Keyless Build I'm Starting,,mo' pics
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 8
Views: 2133

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Nov 2016 6:35 pm   Subject: Pics of Keyless Build I'm Starting,,mo' pics
Nice one Sonny!

and I have to confess,,,I do have very minimal equipment.

Christmas is coming! Winking
You can never have too many clamps Smile
  Topic: My first Lap steel build* update
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 6
Views: 2391

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 28 Nov 2016 6:32 pm   Subject: My first Lap steel build* update
Looking good Jeff! Thats a nice chunk of walnut too.
  Topic: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 19
Views: 4042

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 18 Nov 2016 5:48 pm   Subject: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Thanks again all!

What are the controls? Volume. Volume, Tone? Volume, Tone, Blend? Other?
It is wired up in the classic Fender style with Volume, Tone, and Blend, with the bridge side pickup alwa ...
  Topic: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 19
Views: 4042

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 17 Nov 2016 3:05 pm   Subject: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Thanks Mike!

And a couple more closeup pics as long as I'm here.

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http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g94/quarterbend/RoadRunner-001/rr-001-12.jpg
http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g94/quarterb ...
  Topic: Meloduende Guitars "Paris Texas" model
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 14
Views: 2469

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 17 Nov 2016 2:58 pm   Subject: Meloduende Guitars "Paris Texas" model
Looks like it crash landed after a rough reentry. There is so much I like about the underlying guitar, but battle scars are earned. Relec finishes are for posers.
  Topic: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 19
Views: 4042

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Nov 2016 9:15 am   Subject: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Thanks Roy, Will, Roger, and Joe!

... Do you plan on making an 8 string version of this guitar? ...
The Roadrunner would make a great platform for an 8 string and was always on my mind as I was wo ...
  Topic: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 19
Views: 4042

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 15 Nov 2016 10:38 am   Subject: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Thanks Will, Steve, and David!

... Its like you just whip these things out... nothin' to it. Very Happy
LoL ... I wish Smile ... I first thought of building this one almost a year ago. Then there was a fe ...
  Topic: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 19
Views: 4042

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Nov 2016 3:45 pm   Subject: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Thanks Rick and Roger! I'm pretty tickled with how it all turned out.
  Topic: I think I found a prototype to the first electric Nationals
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 36
Views: 7687

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Nov 2016 3:32 pm   Subject: I think I found a prototype to the first electric Nationals
... I assume that removing the current paint job will remove anything else on the body ...
Most likely, but the process might give you a peek at some of the underlying layers if there are any. You mi ...
  Topic: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 19
Views: 4042

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Nov 2016 7:42 am   Subject: Roadrunner SS ... Beep Beep ...
Another fun project I thought I'd share, my Roadrunner SS prototype ... Beep Beep ... Smile

When I started this, I really didn't know exactly where I was going or what it would look like. I did know t ...
  Topic: My Second Project
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 17
Views: 4556

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Nov 2016 6:47 am   Subject: My Second Project
Cool piece of wood Carlos. A quick search of blue mahoe shows it to be around the weight and hardness of sugar / hard rock maple. I'll bet it finishes out nice and should make for a nice steel.
  Topic: I think I found a prototype to the first electric Nationals
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 36
Views: 7687

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 14 Nov 2016 6:33 am   Subject: I think I found a prototype to the first electric Nationals
Cool find Noah! I think your observations are spot on. Once in hand, hopefully you can find clues as to what the original finish was / should be.
  Topic: need help for excessive hum
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 18
Views: 3207

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Nov 2016 9:56 am   Subject: need help for excessive hum
I noticed when I lay my lap steel on my workbench it has a noticeable hum, looking underneath the workbench I can see the AC wiring is running directly under the lap steel. ...
Good point Eric. Close ...
  Topic: eBay guy parting out complete lap steels
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 44
Views: 8503

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 11 Nov 2016 9:39 am   Subject: Re: Parting Out
.... people who buy parts like those described in this thread are people who are rebuilding guitars that need some help - and they turn them back into players. ...
Like others, I hate seeing steels g ...
  Topic: Travel Lap Steel
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 15
Views: 3800

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Nov 2016 8:34 am   Subject: Travel Lap Steel
Great job Sonny Smile I like that bridge / tail block assembly. It looks to have great coupling in a minimal footprint.
  Topic: Aluminum Frypan Lap Steel Guitar
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 5
Views: 2093

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 5 Nov 2016 8:27 am   Subject: Aluminum Frypan Lap Steel Guitar
Nice one Smile
  Topic: need help for excessive hum
Tom Pettingill

Replies: 18
Views: 3207

PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 4 Nov 2016 8:48 am   Subject: need help for excessive hum
... Buy conductive shielding paint from Stew-Mac ...
Shielding the control cavity is an important part of the equation. Its not a cure for the typical 60 cycle hum, but will cut down on external EMI ...
 
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