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David Knutson


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Cowichan Valley, Canada
Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 1:26 pm    
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For electric lap steels I'm down to just one 8 string and one 6 string, both of which I built. Of the two, it's the 8 string I'd never part with. That Lollar Console Grand pickup is so lovely.

That said, my old, beat up '28 National Style One thrills me every time I play it.


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David Knutson


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Cowichan Valley, Canada
Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 4:48 pm    
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Thanks to whoever fixed my photo (Brad?). And thank you, C.E. for resurrecting your original thread. There are some nice steels showing up so far on version 2. Keep 'em coming, gang.
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Nic Neufeld


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Kansas City, Missouri
Post  Posted 6 Sep 2019 7:53 pm    
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Valuable is a tricky word for this!

My Clinesmith frypan is technically the, well, most monetarily valuable, and its probably the most useful to me as a player...it's my primary instrument and I love it.

My Fender Stringmaster T8 was the guitar I purchased when I decided to jump full speed ahead into learning steel guitar. It's chewed up from a rough former life but two years ago (has it only been that long?) when I got it it was the instrument that launched me on this!

My Magnatone D8 was the holy grail that sorta gnawed at me until I finally found one and got it, because it represented the sound and the style I was and am in endless pursuit of...Jules Ah See. It's perhaps not as imbued with musical magic as the one Alan Akaka has, that actually was Jules' guitar, but I still get a nice feeling playing it just for the connection to a musical hero...adore that guitar.

My cheap, serviceable SX 8 string lap steel is not flashy, but it's the guitar that sits in my living room and gets played more than any other, and it also is the one that flew with me to Hawaii and played Hawaiian music at the statue of Alfred Apaka in the Hawaiian Village on his 100th birthday so it is a sentimental favorite.

And then there's my Morrell lap steel which has been with me for 20 years or so...bought on a whim, but it was the latent seed that eventually blossomed into this! I have an import tricone that I sure like a lot but there's not really any area of sentiment or value where it stands out, it's just a good guitar that fills a niche.

So yeah, I can't pick one. I'm very fortunate. If I tell anyone I need another steel guitar, slap me, I'm hysterical. Smile
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Terry VunCannon


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Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
Post  Posted 7 Sep 2019 7:22 am    
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Love the Alvino pictures Lynn. Thanks.
I was wondering, what does the knob & switch on the outer shell do? Does that control the lap, or the knob on the lap itself?
Thanks...
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C. E. Jackson


Post  Posted 8 Sep 2019 2:23 pm    
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Thanks to Allan, Terry, Tom, Jerry, David, and Nic for comments
and photos. Forum members certainly have a wide diversity of
steels.

Jerry, monthly payments for your steel reminds me of monthly
payments which I made for a bicycle in grade school. I was
working on the family farm for $5 a week (kind of hard times in
the late 1940s). I paid Firestone $50 for an American Flyer.
Every week Firestone let me pay $5 until it was paid out. Took
me most of the summer.

C. E. Jackson Smile
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Brentley Dahmer


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Richmond, VA
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 12:38 pm    
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Nothing too spectacular but I was psyched to get this for a pretty good deal.
::Under Construction:: as you can see.
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John Limbach


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Billings, Montana, USA
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 1:56 pm    
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My 1934 Rickenbacker A22 Frypan





That came with the original Rickenbacker "Speaker" amplifier from the same year:



and a close second:

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Marc Bell


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Surat Thani, TH
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 5:55 pm    
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There are not so many Smeck-heads around these days, so value here is unlikely to be so high in cash terms. But, in terms of rarity and general interest there is plenty of value here. I have an old hardback Gibson book that states there is only 1 of these in existence but reading the Duchessoir book it appears there are somewhere between 7 and 10 in existence.



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C. E. Jackson


Post  Posted 10 Sep 2019 6:44 am    
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Thanks to Brentley, John, and Marc for photos of these great old vintage steels.

Marc, I have seen EH-150 Roy Smeck steels, but I don't remember seeing another
with ROY SMECK SPECIAL on peg-head. According to Duchossoir, they are rather
rare. These steels had the large 4.50" x 1.25" bar magnets for the pickups and screwed
on backs, like yours. You should be proud to own this steel.

C. E. Jackson Smile
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