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Dennis Saydak


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Manitoba, Canada
Post  Posted 8 Sep 2019 12:31 pm    
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Folks; I'm in the process of building myself a replica Gibson EH150 lap steel guitar. Where can I get a pickup that is capable of producing a vintage tone without breaking the bank? I know that a vintage amp is pretty much required and that tone is "all in the fingers". I will be on the hunt for a suitable amp.

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Marc Jenkins


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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Post  Posted 8 Sep 2019 1:29 pm    
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https://www.lollarguitars.com/lollar-charlie-christian-pickups
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 5:59 am    
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Or a cheaper, Korean-made alternative:

https://reverb.com/item/14504478-premium-guitar-kits-charlie-c-neck-pickup

After all the effort put into building your guitar, you might want to spring for the Lollar though.

Where'd you get the templates? Is it a kit?
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Dennis Saydak


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Manitoba, Canada
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 1:07 pm    
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Bill Sinclair wrote:
Or a cheaper, Korean-made alternative:

After all the effort put into building your guitar, you might want to spring for the Lollar though.

Where'd you get the templates? Is it a kit?


I got the plan from johnanthonyguitars.com Last winter I bought a really nice piece of 1/8" thick flamed maple from a local guy who was selling some wood. He had this piece cut out for a project that he gave up on. It is big enough for this Gibson replica. I'll use it for the top under a sunburst finish.

I usually make up a kit before starting a build. That speeds things up for me. I scanned the template parts I needed for this one and glued the paper to some 1/16" aircraft plywood I have. That way I have the templates on hand in case one of my building buddies wants to make their own version.

The Lollar pickup is probably worth the cost. It's pricey though as I'm in Canada and have to contend with currency exchange and shipping costs.
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Joe Glavey


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New Jersey, USA
Post  Posted 9 Sep 2019 2:41 pm    
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Look under sales lap steel. Vintage Vibe Guitar pickups

http://www.vintagevibeguitars.com/index.html
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Peter Leavenworth


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Madbury, New Hampshire, USA
Post  Posted 10 Sep 2019 5:52 pm     Lap steel pickups
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Dennis, my Supros have string-through steel pickups that I really like, Lollar makes one for $265, which I’m sure is great, but you probably find an old Supro, Valvo or National with a vintage pu for less.
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Bob Carlucci


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Candor, New York, USA
Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 4:11 am    
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For a 6 string lap guitar, all you will need is a P90.. Buy a good one with Alnico magnets, not a cheap knockoff..
Personally I would go with a Duncan Antiquity P90.. There are others that are more expensive, but the duncan will give much of what the original Gibson pickups did.....
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Michael Brebes


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Northridge CA
Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 12:52 pm    
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The Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-90's sound just as good as the P-90's in my 1952 Les Paul, so definitely consider those as an option.
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Dennis Saydak


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 1:34 pm    
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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I will need to make a decision soon.

I took a look at the SD website. Man they've got a ton of P90 options - neck or bridge, dog eared ones, soap box ones, hot, cold & in-between etc. How's a fella supposed to sort them out?
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Bob Carlucci


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 7:51 pm    
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Dennis Saydak wrote:
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I will need to make a decision soon.

I took a look at the SD website. Man they've got a ton of P90 options - neck or bridge, dog eared ones, soap box ones, hot, cold & in-between etc. How's a fella supposed to sort them out?

A lot depends on what you are going to use the guitar for.. If you want a cleaner less "gritty" sound go for something with less output.. If you are going to play heavy raunchy blues and want natural amp breakup, go hotter.. They all sound like P90's really.. I would go with a vintage spec wind myself, I don't think you can do much better than an Antiquity.. They are really good pickups... bob
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Glenn Demichele


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 8:18 pm    
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OMG: I built a 10-string C6 "practice" guitar out of an Oak board from home depot. It played nicely, so i decided to add a pickup for fun. I got the NC18 Item# LS6 from Sentell Pickups for around $80, and it is amazing. The thing sounds great - real "woody" and vintage.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 15 Sep 2019 1:31 pm    
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Jerry Sentell in Sacramento will make nearly anything you want. He has several different styles of steel guitar pickups. I've purchased several from him and have always been satisfied:

https://www.sentellpickups.net/Steel.html

Good luck with your project!!!
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