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Brendan Mitchell


From:
Melbourne Australia
Post Posted 9 Feb 2011 11:09 pm     Reply with quote

What are the issues with the starter and can they be resolved ?
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Mike Moffitt


From:
South Carolina
Post Posted 10 Feb 2011 7:31 am     Problems with Carter Starter Reply with quote

I have one,,and other than the fact it is in need of repair,,the biggest problem -or issues are the 2 knee levers moving left.They use a screw into the wood as a stop,,very very cheap.
I have done away with that problem by using a piece of steel and a screw.,angled and attached to the inside of the body.
I am rebuilding mine and will post pictures when it is done.
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Clete Ritta


From:
San Antonio, Texas
Post Posted 10 Feb 2011 2:29 pm     Carter Starter thread Reply with quote

Brendan,

I started a thread a while back on the Starter.
Click here.

Clete
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Brendan Mitchell


From:
Melbourne Australia
Post Posted 11 Feb 2011 12:55 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Clete , that's a great thread .
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Alan Brookes


From:
Brummy living in the San Francisco Bay Area
Post Posted 11 Feb 2011 3:22 pm     Reply with quote

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/search.php?mode=results

The Carter Starter has been discussed to death, in dozens of threads. Just use the Search function and you'll discover everything you ever wanted to know about the Carter Starter.

If, at the end of all that, you still buy one, at least you will have been prewarned. Rolling Eyes
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Brendan Mitchell


From:
Melbourne Australia
Post Posted 11 Feb 2011 6:19 pm     Reply with quote

So Allen
How do you REALLY feel about the CS ?
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Alan Brookes


From:
Brummy living in the San Francisco Bay Area
Post Posted 12 Feb 2011 10:44 am     Reply with quote

It's bloody awful. Laughing

The first pedal steel I ever bought, after having played non-pedal for decades, was a Carter Starter. I've done all sorts of things to it... changed the pickup, changed the pedals, moved the pedals to the right, extended the legs, and if I wanted to continue I would build a new pedal rack which doesn't bend... but in the end you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. Rolling Eyes
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Charles Davidson


From:
Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 12 Feb 2011 12:53 pm     Reply with quote

Alan,I,m glad someone feels the same about that thing as I do and is not afraid to say so. A while back [two or three years] I was thinking about buying one to use on small gigs because of the weight,was playing a D-10 MSA Classic,A guy I know bought a new one to learn to play on,he asked me to set it up for him. SO GLAD HE DID. That made me SURE I did'nt want one of those things. YOU BETCHA,DYK?BC.
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Ron Davis


From:
Lake Arrowhead, California... We're a mile high. ;)
Post Posted 12 Feb 2011 2:29 pm     Reply with quote

I had one for 3 days. Sent it straight back. Glad I did, too.
I totally agree with Alan.
I have a great appreciation for well made instruments. 'Nuff said... Wink

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Gary Richardi


From:
SoCal, USA
Post Posted 13 Feb 2011 10:02 pm     Reply with quote

I have to laugh whenever this thread pops up again. People love to hate the CS. CS's are what they are but they work for some of us. I agree the knee levers are awful and they are made pretty cheaply. I only use it for maybe 5 songs and out of those tunes we sometimes only do 3 of them at a gig so I have more than gotten my money's worth out of it. I'd probably never gotten into playing steel if one hadn't dropped into my lap. I am past due to get something better but they're not so easy to find....
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Rick Schacter


From:
Portland, Or.
Post Posted 15 Feb 2011 10:09 am     Reply with quote

Gary Richardi wrote:

I only use it for maybe 5 songs and out of those tunes we sometimes only do 3 of them at a gig so I have more than gotten my money's worth out of it.



Judging by the video you shared on a different forum a while back of your group covering the song "Old Man" I would agree that you got your money's worth out of your Carter Starter. Good job!

Concerning the Carter Starter bashing...they are what they are.
I'd doubt the people at Carter ever thought that people would think of them as being in the same league as a nice push-pull or whatever other pro guitar you could mention.

At the time they came out, they were a very good way of trying out pedal steel to see if you really would like to play one.

I out grew mine and sold it.
I'm glad I tried it out.
It confirmed that I really enjoy playing pedal steel.

Rick
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Gary Richardi


From:
SoCal, USA
Post Posted 15 Feb 2011 9:45 pm     Reply with quote

Hey, Rick, thanks! I'm still a faker with barely a clue on steel but it is fun.
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Quentin Hickey


From:
NS, Canada
Post Posted 16 Feb 2011 3:25 am     Reply with quote

Rick and Gary I agree with you guys 100%. I just got into steel last June and had my CS ever since. Its a good 'student' guitar to learn on until youre ready to move up. Thats the same no matter what insturment anyone decides to learn and play. My son wanted to take guitar lessons to see if he liked it so I didnt buy him a 65 tele or gretch right off the bat. I bought him a squier strat student guitar.
I'll be playing me CS until Mr Pig says I'm ready now you can break me open Very Happy
I am still going to keep my CS for my sons to use.
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