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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 25 Feb 2017 7:04 am     Reply with quote

I have started a new line of lap steel, & sawdust is in the air. These will be affordable, but quality sound and made in USA. Making a fry pan shaped lap out of mahogany, with a Brantley Rewinds P90 Soapbar in it, in a 23 inch scale length, a 6 string at first. I have always thought the need was there for a affordable working man's lap steel, and will be just that. These will be called the V-MUSE Lap Steel - Model One.





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Kirk Francis


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Laupahoehoe, HI
Post Posted 25 Feb 2017 7:57 am     new lap design build. Reply with quote

good idea -- looking forward to seeing more as it progresses.
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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 2 Mar 2017 8:33 am     Reply with quote

Getting closer every day...



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Stephen Abruzzo


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Philly, PA
Post Posted 2 Mar 2017 9:55 am     Reply with quote

Looks good Terry. Good luck with your project.
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Bob Sykes


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Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 2:20 am     Reply with quote

Nice! Looking forward to getting my hands on one.
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Stefan Robertson


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London, UK
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 4:41 am     Reply with quote

Really great concept

USA made - get that burnt or stamped in somewhere. Crucial.

Affordable. the finish is key and parts to tempt buyers away from the Chinese imports.

Price point - Man that's going to be tough to match the chinese prices but go for it.

A cheap 6 string here from China is under £100 they even use to be as low and £60.
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Terry VunCannon


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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 9:42 am     Reply with quote

Good points Stefan, and I am paying attention.
Going to feature Made in USA, and good solid parts and pickup.
I know I can't compete with import prices, I can however offer a solid lap, well built with a vintage vibe & sound that will compete with any vintage lap that a player can possibly find out there. And, with this one, you can get it in your hands and step right on stage to play without having to get any repairs or work done on it that you might have to do with a vintage purchase. I am having a blast with the whole process, and looking forward to making these avail.



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Will Houston


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Tempe, Az
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 10:24 am     Reply with quote

Lookin good, nice work.
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Stefan Robertson


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London, UK
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 1:08 pm     Reply with quote

Beautiful but you should use your signature on the 12th fret marker. Or headstock.

I love it looking great. Keep up the build.
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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 4:06 pm     Reply with quote

Good idea, but I had been asked by the buyer of #001 to please autograph his myself, so I was thinking of signing each lap personally on back of headstock.
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David M Brown


From:
California, USA
Post Posted 14 Mar 2017 4:25 pm     Reply with quote

Terry VunCannon wrote:

Going to feature Made in USA, and good solid parts and pickup.
I know I can't compete with import prices, I can however offer a solid lap, well built with a vintage vibe & sound that will compete with any vintage lap that a player can possibly find out there. And, with this one, you can get it in your hands and step right on stage to play without having to get any repairs or work done on it


That's a great goal.

I look forward to seeing the results.
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Chris Walke


From:
St Charles, IL
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 5:55 am     Reply with quote

Love a mahogany guitar. And P90s.
And that fretboard is too cool!
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George Piburn


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The Oklahoma Hills, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 10:48 am     Keep it going Reply with quote

I am very pleased to see you have stepped into modern contemporary Robotic Tools.

The Art work possibilities are endless.

I recommend you check out INLACE sold near you , by Turtlefeathers<<Click<<

I am seeing that V Logo in color inlay.

We did a similar logo idea before I retired last year and used turquoise granules.



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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 10:54 am     Reply with quote

Thanks everyone for all this feedback. We put together prototype one, #000 yesterday, and it sings. When I finish the fretboard, I will post more pics.

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Steven Black


From:
Gahanna, Ohio, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 1:40 pm     A question from Steve Black Reply with quote

How much for an 8 string lap steel guitar?
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Bill Creller


From:
Saginaw, Michigan, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 7:53 pm     Reply with quote

Looking good ! The frypan shape makes sense too, and the case doesn't have to be wide etc. I can see that you are having fun !! Very Happy
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 9:57 pm     Reply with quote

Bill Creller wrote:
Looking good ! The frypan shape makes sense too, and the case doesn't have to be wide etc. I can see that you are having fun !! Very Happy


I agree - the shape is very simple and functional. I often wonder why so many new lap steels have larger-than-needed guitar shaped bodies.

Sure, a lot of vintage steels had small guitar shaped bodies, but it seems like a number of today's steels are made bigger than they need to be.



small body



bigger than I like



A possible influence on the body shape?
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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 16 Mar 2017 11:21 pm     Reply with quote

I wanted simple, light, functional, and wanted it to fit in a standard gig bag...and sound killer.


And it sounded great at the test run. Will get it onstage this weekend with the band.

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Ron Ellison


From:
D.C.
Post Posted 17 Mar 2017 1:44 am     Reply with quote

That guitar looks great!
I personally dig the "no frills " look. I'd put in an order for one just like the proto.
don't know the price, but my first thought was that would be the perfect take anywhere lap. I'd send a pic to 'Ke Kula Mele', Alan Akaka's Hawaiian music school. I picture kids hauling that around just like a ukulele.
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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 17 Mar 2017 6:27 am     Reply with quote

Thanks again for the kind & encouraging comments everyone. And yes Ron, a simple design was my goal. I wanted as much of the natural wood to show, even to the effort with the blend in V logo on the headstock. When the fretboard is finished, we will be about to pump these out with the goal of each one being identical to the first.

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Joe Elk


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Ohio, USA
Post Posted 17 Mar 2017 7:43 am     Reply with quote

Very Nice Steel!! My dad would have said: Nice looking help you had also.
Joe Elk Central Ohio
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Stephen Abruzzo


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Philly, PA
Post Posted 17 Mar 2017 9:07 am     Reply with quote

I think you did a smart move with the fry-pan bodyshape. It's a bodyshape not commonly offered these days and I think players would like something a bit different than the more predominant shapes.....especially in wood.
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David M Brown


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California, USA
Post Posted 17 Mar 2017 12:50 pm     Reply with quote

Stephen Abruzzo wrote:
I think you did a smart move with the fry-pan bodyshape. It's a bodyshape not commonly offered these days and I think players would like something a bit different than the more predominant shapes.....especially in wood.


That's true; you'd think that something that at least is shaped like the old Ricks would be more common than it is.

And make sure you use steel guitar hardware, not electric guitar stuff on the bridge for instance.
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Terry VunCannon


From:
Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 18 Mar 2017 7:26 am     Reply with quote

I took the Model One prototype out for a live gig test run, and I was very happy. This is going to be everything I had hoped for in a new USA made lap steel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y3xVfmPFo4
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Keith Glendinning


From:
United Kingdom
Post Posted 18 Mar 2017 8:32 am     Reply with quote

Congratulations Terry, that is a great looking guitar and a great demo. Your hard work was worth it.
Keith.
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