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Bill McCloskey

Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 9:23 pm    
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Just snapped up this find on Reverb https://reverb.com/item/18873085-cougar-big-boss-10-string-c6-non-pedal-console-steel-guitar-w-case

I don't think I have ever seen a 10 string cougar non pedal come up for sale before so I grabbed it

( by the way, selling one of my 2 eharps to pay for it. See the for sale section) .

Anyone familiar with the steel?

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Andy Henriksen

Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 5 Feb 2019 7:40 am    
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I don't know anything about them, but it looks like you got a great deal on a very clean guitar. Only $50 per string!

The easy-on/off pad is super cool, too. Nice score!
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Scott Duckworth

Etowah, TN Western Foothills of the Smokies
Post  Posted 7 Feb 2019 3:58 am    
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You should get a lot of playing out of that guitar. Western swing, Hawaiian, etc. being able to learn and do the slants IMHO is better than pedals.
(1) E6 Rogue lap steel, (1) A6 Rogue lap steel, Li'l Izzy, Zoom MS-50G Effects Pedal into a Berhinger mixer and Harbinger V2112 speaker(s).

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I may, in fact, be nuts. However, I am screwed onto the right bolt... Jesus!
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G Strout

Carabelle, Florida
Post  Posted 7 Feb 2019 3:22 pm    
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Made in Michigan by Freeman Cowgar. Freeman passed back in 2002 so that likely dates your instrument to before then.
Freeman was also (I believe) the builder of the Lil" Buddy steels back in the 70's.
I have never seen a non pedal Cougar. I had a Cougar S 10 and later an SD10. I changed out the pickups and that really improved the sound.
Freeman was building steels that were targeted for entry level players at an affordable price. They were solidly built and functioned pretty smoothly. IMHO way above the Carter Starter. Nice find..... I wish he had made an 8 string.
Melbert 8, Remington D8, Excel Jerry Byrd D8, Rick B6, Tremblay 6 lap steel, Marlen S-10 4&4, Benedetto Bravo and a bunch of old lap steels....
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Frank James Pracher

Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 7 Feb 2019 5:40 pm    
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I have a six string non pedal Cougar that I picked up off of Craigslist years ago... fine steel... I've seen a few others. I met Freeman's son and he had a 10 string non pedal.
"Don't be mad honey, but I bought another one"
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Bill McCloskey

Post  Posted 7 Feb 2019 6:38 pm    
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Thanks G. The only other other Cougar I was aware of was eharp player Claude Brownell's 30.5" scale 10 string non pedal. Claude tuned it to Eharp tuning but down a 4th.

Here is a picture of Claude and his Cougar

I was thinking about this steel when I went on Reverb and saw that it had just been listed, so I thought it was fate.

A forum member shared this with me

"i have a little Cougar brochure that shows the "Big Boss" which looks
like a regular PSG down to the front crossbar. Description is "Big
Boss. For the discriminating non-pedal player. Available in 6 or 8
string. Hard Rock Maple body. Wilsonart laminate finish. Investment
cast end plates. Stabilizing forward bar. "Ultimate Pickups"
manufactured by MRG". 10 string isn't mentioned but I'm sure he made
more than one. Also shown are the "Add-A-Rest" and "Add-A-Neck"
options , a clip-on armrest or clip-on 6 or 8 string hollow chambered
"lap steel" necks. The "Add-A-Neck" options are called "Little Boss"
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Bill McCloskey

Post  Posted 8 Feb 2019 11:31 am    
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It arrived today: it is absolutely gorgeous and fantastic sound
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