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b0b


From:
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Post Posted 17 Apr 2018 9:34 pm     Reply with quote

memphislim wrote:
For those wanting more info on these remarkable guitars, I created a video:

https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=2730138#2730138


Great demo, Michael. Did you put those A B C D labels on your pedal rods? My prototype doesn't have them.

FWIW, I moved a bell crank and pull rod to a different string this morning (copedent change on a knee lever) and it took about 20 minutes from start to perfectly balanced finish. First time I've done that so I was figuring it out as I went. The parts are small but machined incredibly well. It seems to me to be a perfect design.

Ross installed the tone posts on mine last week. I have been playing for a year without that invention, and the midrange change was a bit much for me. I've backed the tone screws out a bit, and now it's "more me". What a great feature! I remember how people used to say that the tightness of the neck mounting screws on a push-pull could change the tone. Every aspect of acoustic coupling affects the tone and sustain of an instrument. Ross says he got this idea from the tone post of a violin. Fascinating! Cool
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Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 5:19 am     Reply with quote

Yes Bob, I put the labels on the pedal rods myself. Good old Brother Ptouch label maker.

It is super easy to change around your copedant on these guitars and yes brilliant design!

Thanks again Bob for the phone run-down you gave me of your guitar, it was very helpful in the decision to purchase mine.


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Dave Zirbel


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Post Posted 18 Apr 2018 7:51 am     Reply with quote

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Ross installed the tone posts on mine last week. I have been playing for a year without that invention, and the midrange change was a bit much for me. I've backed the tone screws out a bit, and now it's "more me". What a great feature! I remember how people used to say that the tightness of the neck mounting screws on a push-pull could change the tone. Every aspect of acoustic coupling affects the tone and sustain of an instrument. Ross says he got this idea from the tone post of a violin. Fascinating! Cool


I found the tone posts to be quite useful and have all three cranked up....but maybe the difference is because I have a single coil pickup wound at 13.5K. My small experience with humbuckers is that the mids are a little thicker already. But then again, tone is subjective, right?

I haven't experimented much with them yet. I just cranked all three but when time allows I will try just one or different combinations...and report back! Very Happy
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Art Beard


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2018 1:01 am     Sierra steel guitars Reply with quote

Very Happy IMHO ROSS is building the finest, most inovative steel out there today. ! I spent over 17 years in aerospace, ending as a,Quality Engineer. I design a system to control tight tolerances (.00001) with repeatability, not easy.
Ross keep up the good work, buddy.
We spent 3-4 hrs together at the SWSGA SHOW 2018. BEST TIME OF THE LAST 35 YEARS 4 ME. CAA
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Johnie King


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2018 5:22 pm     Reply with quote

Ross I have watch all your videos an enjoy them immensely. I’m curious to know how the changer works . Dose it have a knife edge or axel or black magic.
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post Posted 22 Apr 2018 6:43 am     Reply with quote

Glad you like the vids Johnie, we're slowly editing a final assembly video....lots of video to edit down to something watchable.

My changer is similar in function to Excel's and Anapeg's (both of which function like Rickenbacker and Fender PS210 changers of the past.

The main pivot on my changer fingers is a 3/32" pin.
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post Posted 2 Jun 2018 6:33 am     Reply with quote

Jeez Loueeze....this latest video took a long damn time to get done. My poor wife Mari may be permanently cross eyed from editing this one down from hours of raw footage.

https://youtu.be/r3KnlyY2fho

In this episode of Makin' Chips I'm assembling Dave Zirbel's new Sierra.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post Posted 14 Jun 2018 10:07 am     Reply with quote

Howdy all, I've recently received a couple of inquiries as to when I'll be producing a S12 model.

I now have all the 12 string specific parts in stock and am ready to go.

I hope you're all having a fine summer!
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Andy DePaule


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Post Posted 14 Jun 2018 4:03 pm     You gotta stop these videos before..... Reply with quote

Ross, Ross, Ross,
You gotta stop these videos before I find myself with yet another Pedal Steel Guitar that I don't really need!
Take pity on me because I don't even have a wife to restrain me anymore. Whoa! Laughing Very Happy
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Johnie King


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Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 16 Jun 2018 5:48 am     Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing Ross
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Pete Burak


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Portland, OR USA
Post Posted 16 Jun 2018 7:58 am     Reply with quote

Great vid! Love to great Steel playing soundtrack 12+min!
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b0b


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Cloverdale, Northern California
Post Posted 16 Jun 2018 9:27 am     Reply with quote

Pete Burak wrote:
Great vid! Love to great Steel playing soundtrack 12+min!

Agreed. How did you learn all of those positions for Emmons' arrangement of "Danny Boy" (at 16:30)? Is it published somewhere? You really nailed it!
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Chris Reesor


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Post Posted 17 Jun 2018 8:04 am     Londonderry Air Reply with quote

Anthology of Pedal Steel Guitar by Dewitt Scott/Mel Bay for that Emmons transcription, b0b. It's a dilly.
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Cloverdale, Northern California
Post Posted 17 Jun 2018 8:45 am     Reply with quote

Thanks, Chris. I didn't realize they were the same song. Embarassed
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memphislim


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Post Posted 17 Jun 2018 9:27 am     Reply with quote

Pretty sure that is where I got that from Bob. You might want to move these last three post to this thread:

https://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=2730138#2730138
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b0b


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Cloverdale, Northern California
Post Posted 17 Jun 2018 3:55 pm     Reply with quote

Like the song itself, that's easier said than done, Slim. Whoa! I'm seriously going to study that tab though. Smile
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 8:15 am     Reply with quote

Introducing the Pick-Pocket...a new accessory included with all new Sierra Steel Guitars.
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Dave Zirbel


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 10:49 am     Reply with quote

Thanks Ross! Very Happy Very Happy

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b0b


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Post Posted 12 Jul 2018 11:50 am     Reply with quote

I got one too. It's designed specifically for the new Sierra guitars. A little bracket mounts to a couple of the pre-tapped holes in the rails. The Pick-Pocket clicks onto the bracket and pulls off easily when you're packing up.

Brilliant, Ross! Very Happy


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Ross Shafer


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Post Posted 7 Aug 2018 8:40 am     Reply with quote

Howdy all, We've got another hot dang Makin' Chips video posted for your viewing pleasure. This time around I'm taking big chunks of aluminum and cutting everything away but the pedals that live within.

The soundtrack is courtesy of our fearless forum leader Bobby Lee. With steel work by Bobby Lee and Dave Zirbel. Muy Bueno!

https://youtu.be/kPfhLrtI8BQ
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Eric Dahlhoff


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Point Arena, California
Post Posted 7 Aug 2018 9:08 am     sweet sounds Reply with quote

Sweet background music Dave & b0b!!
And always fun watching the chips fly Ross.
Thanks Smile
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memphislim


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Post Posted 7 Aug 2018 9:08 am     Reply with quote

Great work Ross, nice to see how these pedals are made!
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Len Amaral


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Post Posted 8 Aug 2018 5:44 am     Reply with quote

Bravo, Very Happy
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Ross Shafer


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Petaluma, California
Post Posted 15 Aug 2018 8:30 am     Reply with quote

Howdy all, I'll be packing up 2 or 3 new Sierra steels and bringing them up to the Portland Steel jam on Sept. 9.

There's not a lot of these around, so if you're in the great northwest and want to check out these new rigs, c'mon down to the jam!
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Pete Burak


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Post Posted 15 Aug 2018 9:18 am     Reply with quote

Ross Shafer wrote:
Howdy all, I'll be packing up 2 or 3 new Sierra steels and bringing them up to the Portland Steel jam on Sept. 9.

There's not a lot of these around, so if you're in the great northwest and want to check out these new rigs, c'mon down to the jam!


Looking forward to this! Smile
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