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Tony Oresteen


From:
Georgia, USA
Post Posted 19 May 2017 4:49 am     Reply with quote

How much variation is there for the width of a pedal steel guitar (end-cap to end-cap, tuner head end to bridge end)?

Are most PSG built to the same width?

Example, how wide is a Sho-Bud PSG or an Excel?

Thanks!
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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post Posted 19 May 2017 5:57 am     Reply with quote

The crucial dimension is the scale length. The overall length varies a lot between guitars with a traditional keyhead and the various keyless types. My home-built uni 12 has a 24" scale (which is quite common) but the overall length is only 29" (see left).
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Greg Cutshaw


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Corry, PA, USA
Post Posted 19 May 2017 6:39 am     Reply with quote

My Excel Superb 12 string keyless is only 27.5" in length.

http://www.gregcutshaw.com/Excel%2012%20String%20Keyless/Excel%2012%20String%20Keyless.html Whoa!


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Ian Rae


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Redditch, England
Post Posted 19 May 2017 7:27 am     Reply with quote

Yes, I could probably get it down to that if I build another. I left plenty of space under the hood as I wasn't sure.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 19 May 2017 7:30 am     Reply with quote

Greg,
If your guitar is 27.5" wide, what's the length. Whoa!
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Brett Day


From:
Pickens, SC
Post Posted 19 May 2017 9:56 am     Reply with quote

My steel has the 24 scale
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Lane Gray


From:
Topeka, KS
Post Posted 19 May 2017 2:59 pm     Reply with quote

The view from the dance floor sees only width, depth and height, with no real length.
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 21 May 2017 6:04 am     Reply with quote

Ole wanted to know the height of a flag pole. A little girl walked by and said: "Why don't you just lay it down and measure it"?
Ole said: "I don't want to know the length, I want to know the height"! Whoa! Whoa!
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Charlie McDonald


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Post Posted 21 May 2017 6:15 am     Reply with quote

The breadth of this thread grows enormous, as does the depth of ole Ole's problems.
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Jerry Overstreet


From:
Louisville Ky
Post Posted 21 May 2017 9:07 am     Reply with quote

There is a plethora of modern guitars based on the Emmons design like Derby, Zum and others that measure app. 33 1/4 x 11 body size.

This seems to be a standard size for a lot of guitars. I don't believe there is anything being built today that is larger than that. In fact, many more modern guitars are smaller.

Then there are others like the old Sho-Buds that are longer and wider.

Williams keyless guitars are only 28 1/2 inches long while the keyed guitars are 31.

Mullen guitars guitars are 32 x 10.5.

The MCI I'm playing is app. 33 X 10 1/2. I suspect Carters are about this size, maybe even shorter.

GFI, new MSA more compact too.

I'm referencing D10's of course. Some 12 cabinets may be longer.
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James Quackenbush


From:
Pomona, New York, USA
Post Posted 2 Jun 2017 1:07 am     Reply with quote

This is a good question for the case builders here on the forum ...They can probably give you EXACTING measurements for quite a few different steels ....
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Tony Oresteen


From:
Georgia, USA
Post Posted 2 Jun 2017 11:49 am     Reply with quote

Thanks!

I recently bought a Sho-Bud 6139 and it measures 33.5". I'm all set for now.
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Tony Oresteen


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Georgia, USA
Post Posted 2 Jun 2017 11:50 am     Reply with quote

Double post. Please delete.
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