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Rob Anderlik


From:
Illinois, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 1:59 pm     Reply with quote

I only have 2 lap steels - 1951 Oahu Diana and 1940 Rickenbacher B6.

The pickup in the Ricky is definitely more powerful of the two guitars, but the Diana is no slouch either. I prefer the playability of the Diana over the Ricky, but depending on what amp I am playing through the Ricky sounds pretty amazing.

I guess it's like asking a parent which one of his kids he loves the most. I love them both for the unique creatures they are!



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Mark Addeo


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New Jersey, USA
Post Posted 12 Apr 2017 4:54 pm     Reply with quote

Another stellar Clinesmith.
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 14 Apr 2017 7:35 am     Reply with quote

Paul,
I agree that the P13 pickup, also commonly referred to as the Metal Covered Pickup with Rectangular Casing (MC pu), has a great tone. Gibson developed and used this pickup on their EH-100, EH-125, and EH-150 steels in the early 1940s. I have a Gibson EH-100 (v.4b) and a Gibson EH-150 (v.5) and am very pleased with both. Since my first steel was a 1949 Silvertone with the MC pu, I have also collected various 1940s steels with the MC pu: Harmony Sunburst, various Silvertones (Sunburst, Fancy Black, Natural). 1940s Harmony and Silvertone steels are still available at reasonable prices for vintage steels.
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C. E. Jackson


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Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 9:46 am     Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone for the great photos and comments. Members certainly have many beautiful favorites, and interesting stories.

C. E. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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Loren Tilley


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Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 3:06 pm     Reply with quote

Here is mine:
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 8:09 am     Reply with quote

Larry Carlson wrote:
That, sir, is a very beautiful guitar......Whoa!

Larry, thank you for the compliment on my Gibson EH-185. I also have a Rickenbacher Silver Hawaiian (1 knob): c.1937. I must admit that the tone of the Silver Hawaiian is, in my opinion, the best of all Rickenbacher sheet metal body guitars.

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C. E. Jackson


From:
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Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 11:22 am     Re: How many variants were there of the EH185 Reply with quote

Michael Hogan wrote:
Hi CE, I have three different variants of the EH185.

First with a ES300 diagonal pickup.

Then one with a Charlie Christian with a tapered metal plate thin at the base and tapering progressively thicker up the neck.

The last with a CC pickup and a metal plate that is one thickness.


Good to hear from you again Michael. I continue to enjoy your Resonator and Lap Steel Guitars site. Your EH-185 is a beautiful steel.

As you know, I share your like for the EH-185 steels and have a GIBSON EH-185 (v.1a) 6 STRING C.C. pu: c. 1939, from the first batch. EH-185 models with variable Hyblum plate thickness (5/16" thick under the fret-board and 1/4" thick in the controls area) were from the first batch made in 1939. Variable thickness plate models were not made after the Fall of 1939. The first batch also had a grey-colored non-slip material that follows the outline of the back and neck, rather than being diamond-shaped as on models after Fall of 1939.

Your Subject: How many variants were there of the EH-185?
EH-185 models were made in 6, 7, 8, 10 strings. Pickups were Charlie Christian and ES-300. Finishes were Sunburst and some Natural.
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C. E. Jackson


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Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 2:21 pm     Reply with quote

I have just finished going through all posts again with great pleasure. Your favorites are beautiful steels and we can all enjoy looking at these again and again in the future. This will be a historical record that our grandchildren and others may GOOGLE one day and learn about our favorite lap steel, even it we fail to tell them. Photos are great and comments very interesting. We are a very diverse group. Thanks for the enjoyment.

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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 30 Apr 2017 2:50 pm     Reply with quote

I would have to say that my Melbert runs a close second to my favorite...it depends on the day and my mood I guess, but to me, its hard to beat the Melbert, especially for the money !


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Robert Padwick


From:
British Columbia, Canada
Post Posted 16 May 2017 11:50 am     Reply with quote



This is my favourite steel and also the one I play the most. It's a Tremblay that I ordered based on an example that I saw at an HSGA Convention 4 or so years ago. It's made from Mahogany, and built to be small enough to throw in a suitcase for travel. I have reverted back to the round volume and tone knobs that the guitar came with originally, as opposed to the chicken head style in the photo. Also, due to glare, I gave the fret board a thin coat of the privacy spray that you would use on a bathroom window, since the material was shiny acrylic and reflections were a little distracting at times.

Sounds great and is super portable!
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Tom Wolverton


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San Diego, CA
Post Posted 16 May 2017 6:20 pm     Love my Bakelites Reply with quote


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Bill Groner


From:
QUAKERTOWN, PA
Post Posted 30 May 2017 10:58 am     Reply with quote

My 2 favorites. Both are 2017 Groners!



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Jim Williams


From:
Meridian, Mississippi, USA - Home of Peavey!
Post Posted 11 Jun 2017 6:26 pm     Reply with quote

At the moment, probably play my old 6 string Guyatone most. Poor mans Stringmaster.
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Peter Lindelauf


From:
Penticton, BC
Post Posted 15 Jun 2017 7:15 pm     Reply with quote

Duesenberg Pomona 6. I've got three other lap steels -- two of 'em 'vintage' -- but if I had to flee a forest fire with one, this is it. Superb finish, great pickups, 25 1/2" scale, built in capo, two benders, and solid mahogany -- sustains...forever.


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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 7:54 am     My only one for now Reply with quote

Was my only one until last week, for now until my Clinesmith is done, Can't wait.
After I made this post I got a Fender D-8 Duel Trapezoid. 22.5" scale in trade that is very nice, but I don't have a photo of that yet.

I bought this "Sho Bud" from a fellow on the forum for a reasonable price...




Okay I admit it, I put the Sho Bud decal and the pin up girls on it just for fun.
In fact I don't remember the actual brand now but it says "Little Roy Wiggens" on the keyhead.
The person I bought it from was planning to get another pickup for it, but I think the lipstick pickup on it now sounds just fine.
Have A6th on it now because I like the E on top and anything I learn on this will transfer to my E9th PSG's with pedals down; E A C# E F# A C# E
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Fender re-issue in C6th and a Morrell 8 string lap steel in E13th. Resophonic by Edwin Root.


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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 8:02 am     Dreams coming true Reply with quote

This is like the one I just got, but mine has the other kind of pickup, PA Bigsby style. Whoa! Shocked



This is like the one on order, but still a dream until next spring; Rolling Eyes Very Happy



We all need a dream! "I have a dream, that a little Aluminum Steel will live and play together with a big Bird Eye Steel with too many necks" And it will be a sweet dream. Laughing Embarassed Rolling Eyes
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Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
Fender re-issue in C6th and a Morrell 8 string lap steel in E13th. Resophonic by Edwin Root.


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Jim Williams


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Meridian, Mississippi, USA - Home of Peavey!
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 8:15 am     Reply with quote

Beautiful Duesenburg there Peter.
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Phillip Vaught


From:
Dallas,Texas, USA
Post Posted 21 Jun 2017 11:08 am     Georgeboards s8 Reply with quote

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Bo Parker


From:
Alabama, USA
Post Posted 22 Jun 2017 1:11 pm     Walnut Georgeboards S8 console Reply with quote

Another Georgeboards fan Smile

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Levi Gemmell


From:
New Zealand
Post Posted 1 Jul 2017 10:51 pm     Reply with quote

Commodore steel guitar made by Bunny Milne, here in New Zealand. This is the third of the four models mentioned, but I have seen different versions of this model still. Various colours were available; red and silver at least, but I have even heard of electric blue, with a matching amplifier. Some versions of the six I have seen, have a "C" medallion worked into the pickguard. Following was written by Mac McKenzie here: https://steelguitarforum.com/Forum2/HTML/007742.html

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Commodore steel guitars were manufactured between 1945 and 1966 by Bunny Milne, trading as Milton Products and distributed NZ. wide by Western Enterprises.The guitar in question, celluloid covered caste aluminium body, was produced between 1956 and 1963 and was the third design change. Bunny was a sheetmetal worker by trade and used this skill to enhance his guitars. He made his own dies and did his own metal pressings, the string anchor pick up cover plate was caste by a foundry and Bunny did all his pre-plating metal polishing.
The first steel guitars were six string with our native rimu timber body, black polish, chrome on copper fittings, vertical controls and inlaid frets. Later, anodised aluminium fretboards were used on this and subsequent models. The second model, an eight string guitar, again rimu body, black polish and chrome fittings had the controls mounted horizontally and roller operated, the rollers only just protruding above the body surface. It was this model that Bill Wolfgramm used on all his recordings and radio work, using a Commodore 3 valve, 8" Rola speaker amplifier for clarity and tone. Cosmetic differences allowed the same guitar to be sold as "Royal" or "Milton" for specific shop outlets and this policy continued. The 3rd. model is the one being enquired about, the 4th., was clear laquered mahogany, still the anodised fretboard, two pick ups with a mix of either or both and a much more sedate appearance.

The advent of rock'n roll gave Bunny the incentive to design and manufacture a solid body rhythm guitar, he took up factory space, employed staff and commenced production. Severe import restrictions made musical instruments almost a prohibited import, but it was double edged, guitar parts were also difficult. The business expanded to bass guitars, accessories and amplifiers in spite of difficulties. There was continual improvement in body and pick up dsign to a semi-acoustic which was endorsed by the top players and as one put it, " Boy! This thing is alive." This instrument was Bunny's pride and joy but before he could recover his considerable outlay on heated moulds and formers, a change of government lifted all import restrictions and a flood of cheap Japanese imports killed manufacturing in New Zealand. Bunny retired, once again to a basement workshop, made a few more semis and maintained a repair service for the shops.





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Andy De Paule


From:
Saigon, Viet Nam & Eugene, Oregon
Post Posted 10 Jul 2017 4:56 pm     My new favorite, Todd Clinesmith JM Style Reply with quote

My new favorite....
Todd Clinesmith JM Style that I picked up on Saturday.
Words are not enough to describe the wonderful tone.
Nuff said! Very Happy Wink Very Happy
EDIT: Not enough can be said, Forgot to mention that the perfect string spacing is the best I've ever used, at least for me, 11/32nd (8.5mm) at the nut and 13/32nd (10.5mm) at the bridge. So a tad wider that any other I've played. Wish my Mullen had this kind of spacing too.


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Todd Clinesmith Joaquin Murphy style Aluminum 8 String Lap Steel.
New Mullen SD-10, G2 5&5 All Polished Aluminum including covering.
1960 Wright S-10 Cable PSG
Todd Clinesmith T-8 Console Ordered.
Korean D'Angelico EX-SS Electric Single Cutaway. Great guitar.
Fender re-issue in C6th and a Morrell 8 string lap steel in E13th. Resophonic by Edwin Root.
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C. E. Jackson


From:
Mississippi, USA
Post Posted 14 Nov 2017 1:16 pm     Reply with quote

Rick, I recently watched Alan Akaka playing a 4 STRING FRYING PAN LAP STEEL made by you and was
impressed by the sound. What tuning did he use in this video?

Alan Akaka Playing 4 String Frying Pan

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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post Posted 16 Nov 2017 9:20 am     Reply with quote

This one may end up being my favorite. If I can ever get the wiring figured out so the controls work the way they're supposed to, I plan to pull it apart, patch up the body, and do a total refin. I dubbed it the "Ultramaster."


ps -- I set it up for A6 as you suggested, C.E. Love it!
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Thiel Hatt


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Utah, USA
Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 8:41 am     Reply with quote

Most lap steels have a wider string spacing than the pedal steels do. I wanted a non-pedal guitar that had the same spacing as my pedal steel, with the same scale length and similar pickups, and more than eight strings. So here's what I came up with. It's all I hope it would be.
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Rick Aiello


From:
Berryville, VA USA
Post Posted 17 Nov 2017 10:06 am     Reply with quote

C. E. Jackson wrote:
Rick, I recently watched Alan Akaka playing a 4 STRING FRYING PAN LAP STEEL made by you and was
impressed by the sound. What tuning did he use in this video?

Alan Akaka Playing 4 String Frying Pan

C. E. Smile



He was using E major ... lo to hi ... E G# B E ... for most of it

Then he went to C#M ... lo to hi ... E G# C# E ... at the end.

Here it is, fresh out of the sand ... Luigi dug it out Wink


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