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Steve Mueller


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 7 Sep 2015 8:51 pm     Reply with quote

I picked up my new Williams D12 in late July in Minneapolis from Bill Rudolph, a great guy who built me another great guitar. He spent as much time as I wanted with him as I went over the guitar in his shop. It's a real gem as you can see. Cabinet drop with pedals 1 and 2 only 1.5 cents. Plays like a dream with sustain to spare. Now I have 2 blonds - a D10 and a D12. I love the keyless tuning, much easier for me than keyed. My E9 tuning has added an A and an E at the bottom. The C6 has an F# as string 1 and a D as string 2 added to my regular C6 with a G on top. Bill said it's the first one he's built with that tuning - I'm not sure if that's good or bad! I've found a ton of uses for the F# in combination with different pedals, even more than I suspected. I can't say enough about Bill's work.


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Greg Cutshaw


From:
Corry, PA, USA
Post Posted 8 Sep 2015 4:02 am     Reply with quote

I had a Williams model 400 keyless for a while.Super compact body and it's was amazing how Bill was able to pack all the hardware I had (8 +*) underneath. Your guitar is pretty awesome!
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Hal Braun


From:
Eustis, Florida, USA
Post Posted 8 Sep 2015 6:53 am     Reply with quote

Beautiful .. Same graduating class as mine.. Same color too!
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Dale Rottacker


From:
Tacoma Washington, USA
Post Posted 8 Sep 2015 7:11 am     Reply with quote

Always loved the pictures I’ve seen of the Williams cabinets...
Steve this is one pretty guitar... Congratulations
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Damir Besic


From:
Nashville,TN.
Post Posted 10 Sep 2015 6:31 pm     Reply with quote

Oh my Oh my Whoa!
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Jerry Hedge


From:
Norwood Ohio U.S.A.
Post Posted 11 Sep 2015 7:42 pm     Reply with quote

Steve it was a pleasure talking to you a few months back. That is one beautiful guitar. I just wished I had the money to buy you old Sho-Bud when you had it for sale!!!
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Russell Adkins


From:
Louisiana, USA
Post Posted 12 Sep 2015 10:59 am     Reply with quote

sharp guitar , I like the keyless look also
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Jason Montgomery


From:
Portland, Oregon USA
Post Posted 13 May 2017 10:39 am     Reply with quote

beautiful color...is this a custom color from Williams or a stock color?
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Dick Wood


From:
Springtown Texas, USA
Post Posted 13 May 2017 11:15 am     Reply with quote

I believe that's Honey Amber which is stock.
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George Redmon


Post Posted 16 May 2017 6:17 pm     Reply with quote

Great looking Williams. Keyless....only way to go. Very Happy
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Daniel McKee


From:
Corinth Mississippi
Post Posted 16 May 2017 7:10 pm     Reply with quote

That is really awesome! To be a D-12 it looks really compact.
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George Redmon


Post Posted 16 May 2017 7:23 pm     Reply with quote

OOPS....... Whoa!

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Brandon Schafer


From:
Indiana, USA
Post Posted 16 May 2017 7:47 pm     Reply with quote

That's a really handsome guitar! Way to go, Steve!
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George Redmon


Post Posted 16 May 2017 7:52 pm     Reply with quote

George Redmon wrote:
I have a Williams S-12 8 floor, and 5 knees in Bordeaux, that i ordered
from bill last fall, and it too is stunning. Keyless rules.
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Dan Robinson


From:
Colorado, USA
Post Posted 16 May 2017 8:50 pm     Reply with quote

Dick Wood wrote:
I believe that's Honey Amber which is stock.


That Amber, she sure is a honey. Gorgeous. Congrats, Steve. What are the pickups?
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Daniel McKee


From:
Corinth Mississippi
Post Posted 16 May 2017 8:52 pm     Reply with quote

I would imagine it is a lot easier to restring with the 700 series style changer where the string cant slip out of the groove. If I ever get another, it is probably going to be a keyless Williams.
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Steve Mueller


From:
Ohio, USA
Post Posted 18 Jun 2017 9:33 pm     Reply with quote

Pickups on both my Williams D12's are Telonics 427's.
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steve takacs


From:
beijing, china via pittsburgh
Post Posted 30 Nov 2017 4:37 am     Reply with quote

Bill Rudolph and his son Tom create works of art and well functioning and sounding pedal steels. My wife and I have been to their shop a couple of times and have found both of them to be fonts of steel guitar knowledge and plain friendly guys. Stevet
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Slim Heilpern


From:
Aptos California, USA
Post Posted 30 Nov 2017 6:51 am     Reply with quote

Congratulations Steve! These Willy's are such beautiful instruments. I got my U12 a couple of months ago and I'm lovin' it! I had emailed Bill in September to ask about lead time for a new U12 (migrating from a D12) and he gave me the details and mentioned that he happened to have one that was ready to ship if it suited my needs, and well, it was pretty much exactly what I had in mind so I took it... absolutely no regrets!


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Stu Schulman


From:
Ulster Park New Yawk
Post Posted 30 Nov 2017 11:05 pm     Reply with quote

My friend Lucky Oceans just played his Williams D-10 at the PSGA show in Connecticut a few weeks ago.
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Greg Milton


From:
Melbourne, Australia
Post Posted 30 Nov 2017 11:20 pm     Reply with quote

steve takacs wrote:
Bill Rudolph and his son Tom


Steve, I think Bill's son's name is Tim.

Amazing guitars! The pedals and knee levers are so responsive. Wouldn't part with mine for quids...
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Billy Carr


From:
Seminary, Mississippi USA
Post Posted 1 Dec 2017 2:21 pm     Psg Reply with quote

Lots of guitar there and beautiful cabinet. Maybe a sound clip with it sometime?
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