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Daniel Buller

Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 3:06 pm    
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I was a dobro player before I started on PSG. I haven’t given up one for the other, but as someone who plays a lot of high tempo bluegrass on dobro, I think it actually helps my PSG playing. So many folks utiliize somewhat minimal bar movement when playing PSG which is great in its own right, but for me I feel like I can really cover a lot of ground by ultilizing more bar movement than average (still less than dobro) and use the pedals to bridge the gap between everything.
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Steve Lipsey

Portland, Oregon, USA
Post  Posted 13 Mar 2019 3:39 pm    
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I let the pedal steel go for 3 instruments that I tune all the same....the long-scale lap steel (Asher Ben Harper model) gives me a lot of pedal steel moves (with slants) and most of the sound, for those who don't really hear the difference, which is most audiences...and it is a LOT lighter to carry...the amp side is handled by a Milkman "The Amp", a 50 watt tube amp that weighs 2 lbs. and fits on your pedal board...and you can drive a speaker, or to travel really light, it has a cabinet simulator on a DI out that goes right to a PA...check it out. The full-size all-tube Milkman amps are amazing, and this is genius...I didn't have to give up playing alt-country music in a band just to only carry a light and small load...

I also have a tricone dobro and a Weissenborn....all three tuned to GBDGBD, same scale length, so I get three sound profiles with no extra mental gymnastics (yeah, I use more hammer-ons on the tricone, and more slide stuff on the others, but that isn't much of a difference...)


Tricone and Weissenborn:

Asher lap steel:
Clinesmith Frypan, MSA SuperSlide, Milkman"The Amp"
Ben Bonham Style 3 Tricone & Style 3.5 Weissenborn
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