INSTRUCTION STRINGS ACCESSORIES MUSIC LINKS
 Visit Our Catalog at SteelGuitarShopper.com for Steel Guitars, Strings, Instruction, Music and Accessories 
Forum Index
where steel players meet online
The Steel Guitar Forum

Back from SWSGA - The SGF Store is Now Open
for Business at SteelGuitarShopper.com



Post new topic How to find strings for A7 pedal
Reply to topic
Author Topic:  How to find strings for A7 pedal
Nic Neufeld


From:
Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 11 Jan 2018 8:39 am     Reply with quote

Hi all, this is my first time venturing on this particular subforum (my first pedal, a Fender 400, arriving today or tomorrow)...I'm planning on tuning to A7 to use a simplified version of Basil's copedent...G A C# E G A C# E base tuning...string gauges he provides as follows:
String 1, E: 014p
String 2, C#: 017p
String 3, A: 022p
String 4, G: 024p
String 5, E: 030w
String 6, C#: 036w
String 7, A: 044w
String 8, G: 050w

My question is, #1, does anyone know of sets that are in existence that are "close enough" for this? And #2, if I need, instead, to order custom sets from juststrings as individual strings, is there anything unique about pedal steel strings? Are they just standard length electric guitar strings? I know some of them use semi-flat windings...I certainly wouldn't mind that as I like a warmer tone and slick feel.

Thanks for any advice!
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 11 Jan 2018 9:13 am     Reply with quote

Just buy them by the gauge from b0b on the Forum.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Nic Neufeld


From:
Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 11 Jan 2018 9:43 am     Reply with quote

Funny, I've glossed over the header so many times I didn't realize it was even there! Thanks for the tip. Looks like the store is down for the next week or so for maintenance/travel. In the meantime, I found a set that was pretty close (SIT lap steel C6 8 string) that just needed three additional strings (smaller first two and smaller 8th string) to get me basically matching the specs I was after. We'll see how it goes, but I'll keep the site's store in mind!
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Donny Hinson


From:
Glen Burnie, Md. U.S.A.
Post Posted 13 Jan 2018 7:34 am     Reply with quote

Nic, keep in mind that the string gauges on an all-pull guitar like the Fender aren't all that critical. Going up or down a thou or two is easily compensated for due to the simplicity of the mechanism. The A7th tuning is fine unless you're trying to emulate the classic country stuff of the late '50s and '60s. Should you want to do that stuff, then you'll want to go with a tuning which has the chromatic 1st & 2nd strings of the standard E9th. Luckily, changes in basic and pedal tunings on the old cable Fenders are very easy!

As far as lubrication, do it sparingly, and then only if the mechanism is stuck or sluggish.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Lane Gray


From:
Topeka, KS
Post Posted 14 Jan 2018 5:45 am     Reply with quote

There's also Live Steel Strings, who will make up custom sets at no extra charge, and save your custom sets for ready reordering.
_________________
2 pedal steels, a lapStrat, and an 8-string Dobro (and 3 ukes)
More amps than guitars, and not many effects
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Yahoo Messenger
manny escobar


From:
portsmouth,r.i. usa
Post Posted 14 Jan 2018 6:31 am     Reply with quote

Live Steel Strings does not supply 44`s 50`s and 60`s. I have to complete the order with D`addarios each time.
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Nic Neufeld


From:
Kansas City, Missouri
Post Posted 14 Jan 2018 10:14 am     Reply with quote

Well I had the gauges wrong anyway, but once I sorted out the right ones I headed off to the local Guitar Center and got them in individual strings...not cost effective but hey, I wanted to get going with it. Other than a sticky sharping lever on one string...probably should start a thread on that...I'm in business!
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail

All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Jump to:  

Our Online Catalog
Strings, CDs, instruction,
steel guitars & accessories

www.SteelGuitarShopper.com

Steel Guitar Music
Instrumental steel guitar CDs for your permanent collection
www.SteelGuitarMusic.com

BIAB Styles
Ray Price Shuffles
for Band-in-a-Box

by Jim Baron

Please review our Forum Rules and Policies

The Steel Guitar Forum
148 South Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425 USA

Support This Forum

advertisement