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  Topic: Rickenbacker SW-8
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 24 Sep 2020 7:03 am   Subject: Rickenbacker SW-8
That is correct. Only 7 pole pieces. The 1st string has a pole piece near the edge. It's weak too, but not as bad as the 8th. It's obviously a 6-string bobbin.

Anyone know where I can get an origi ...
  Topic: Rickenbacker SW-8
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 23 Sep 2020 9:40 pm   Subject: Rickenbacker SW-8
I guess it was a good deal on Ebay at $780. Very Happy
  Topic: Rickenbacker SW-8
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 23 Sep 2020 7:59 pm   Subject: Rickenbacker SW-8
Turns out that the rattle was the head cover. I put a piece of Velcro (fuzzy side) on the back of it. Problem solved. It sounds pretty darn good now! Very Happy
  Topic: Rickenbacker SW-8
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 23 Sep 2020 6:40 pm   Subject: Rickenbacker SW-8
With the generous help of several Forum members, I recently acquired a mid-50s Rickenbacker SW-8. Very Happy

The serial number is SW 5239. Anyone know the year?

I cleaned it up and restrung it to my ...
  Topic: WTB Rickenbacker S-8
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Replies: 23
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PostForum Section: Wanted To Buy   Posted: 23 Sep 2020 6:16 pm   Subject: WTB Rickenbacker S-8
I have received, cleaned and restrung the Rickenbacker SW-8! Very Happy I'll post more about it in Steel Without Pedals. Closing this Wanted To Buy topic, but if you have red one, contact me.
  Topic: question
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Sep 2020 10:04 pm   Subject: question
They are different instruments. They don't sound the same. You can never really make one sound like the other.
  Topic: Stepper Motor Pedal Steel
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 22 Sep 2020 9:46 pm   Subject: Stepper Motor Pedal Steel
Would such a guitar make robot-like noises as you pushed the pedals?
  Topic: String Gauges for 8-String C6th
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 22 Sep 2020 8:07 am   Subject: String Gauges for 8-String C6th
This is all very helpful. Keep them coming, folks. Very Happy
  Topic: String Gauges for 8-String C6th
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 21 Sep 2020 3:05 pm   Subject: String Gauges for 8-String C6th
I always buy strings from you Bob! SIT 8 string set for A6. I use them on 22" scale for A6 and 22.5" for C6.
Yes, that 8-string A6th is also perfect for C6th. I went back and forth between ...
  Topic: String Gauges for 8-String C6th
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 19 Sep 2020 9:11 am   Subject: String Gauges for 8-String C6th
Taking a survey here. What string gauges do you use for 8-string C6th? Also, what's your scale length?
  Topic: Actually playing rock on pedal steel.
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PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 18 Sep 2020 12:46 pm   Subject: Actually playing rock on pedal steel.
A lot of A and B pedal licks work well in rock, but you have to play them 3 frets up from where you normally would.
Or 2 frets down.

Glad to see you posting today, Mike. Smile
  Topic: Anyone not lower their 4th string E-Eb?
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 18 Sep 2020 7:51 am   Subject: Anyone not lower their 4th string E-Eb?
There's an almost inaudible tuning problem with lowering the 4th string. If you tune the E string with the "C" pedal or "F" lever, then lower it, it comes back slightly sharp. It n ...
  Topic: Bass and Pedal Steel amp???
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Replies: 24
Views: 940

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 18 Sep 2020 7:23 am   Subject: Bass and Pedal Steel amp???
Most bass amps sound good for steel. The main problem is the lack of reverb. You have to carry an effects box of some sort if you're using a bass amp. Not a big deal for some folks.
  Topic: Speaker ohms question
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PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 17 Sep 2020 9:51 pm   Subject: Speaker ohms question
2.67 ohms

1 / (1/4 + 1/8)
  Topic: D9th with U-12 inspired low strings
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Sep 2020 1:58 pm   Subject: D9th with U-12 inspired low strings
Back to the U-12 inspired D9th, there are a few things I really like about it:
The traditional A6th with strings 4 & 8 lowered (RKL) is also F#m7 with the 10th string bass note.
The pedals down ...
  Topic: D9th with U-12 inspired low strings
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Sep 2020 12:58 pm   Subject: D9th with U-12 inspired low strings
In 2010, I went from a D-12 E9th & C6th (talk about rabbit holes!) to an S-8 D6th. Eventually got to an S-10. Some muscle memory needed to be undone, but it really wasn't too hard. The thrill of f ...
  Topic: D9th with U-12 inspired low strings
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 17 Sep 2020 7:58 am   Subject: D9th with U-12 inspired low strings
I'm not using this copedent, but it seems to solve the low notes problem without much fuss. The low 2 strings are set up like a U-12, and the X lever provides the low E note to match a 6-string guitar ...
  Topic: How Many Tunings?
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PostForum Section: Steel Without Pedals   Posted: 16 Sep 2020 7:17 am   Subject: How Many Tunings?
I stick to D6th with G on the bottom. I have that on my pedal steel too. Keeps me from getting too confused.
  Topic: Lowering string 3 to F#
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Sep 2020 5:32 pm   Subject: Lowering string 3 to F#
I tried it once on a Sierra Session (25" scale and .011 string). The changer wouldn't move that far.
  Topic: For Whom Do We Play?
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PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 14 Sep 2020 4:24 pm   Subject: For Whom Do We Play?
I choose other: the music purchaser. I mean, that's what being a pro is all about, right?

Since I've retired from performing, it's been more about playing to hear myself. But for 42 years, it was a ...
  Topic: Bass and Pedal Steel amp???
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Replies: 24
Views: 940

PostForum Section: Electronics   Posted: 14 Sep 2020 4:17 pm   Subject: Bass and Pedal Steel amp???
I often use my bass amp, a little GK MB200 head, for steel with a 12" speaker cab instead of my bass cab. I put a Line6 POD XT in front of it for effects. It's a simple, compact setup that can ha ...
  Topic: WTB Rickenbacker S-8
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PostForum Section: Wanted To Buy   Posted: 14 Sep 2020 1:08 pm   Subject: WTB Rickenbacker S-8
Yes!! Final bid was $780, and Forum members picked up about half of the tab. Thank you all!!! It was a wonderful feeling. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

I'll make a recording, maybe even a video, when I get the gui ...
  Topic: Question: How to split whole step lower with half step raise
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 14 Sep 2020 11:20 am   Subject: Question: How to split whole step lower with half step raise
I don't know for sure about the Mullen G2, but I think most guitars work like this:
Tune the half step raise
Tune the full step lower with the split tuning screw
Tune the half step combination with ...
  Topic: Converting from E9 to D9
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PostForum Section: Pedal Steel   Posted: 13 Sep 2020 3:59 pm   Subject: Converting from E9 to D9
Here's a thought.
https://b0b.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/altered-D9th-standard-2.png

I just set up a guitar similar to this. Read about it at https://b0b.com/wp/2020/09/extending-d9th-rang ...
  Topic: Actually playing rock on pedal steel.
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Replies: 59
Views: 2690

PostForum Section: Steel Players   Posted: 13 Sep 2020 11:26 am   Subject: Actually playing rock on pedal steel.
Well okay, I guess the neck pickup isn't so bad. Embarassed
 
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