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Mike Harris


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 11:00 am    
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Just got a lap steel with legs and I'm using the obvious towel to throw over it when not playing. This keeps the air off the new strings. But it seems that a towel would absorb and hold moisture when humidity is high and will then be counter-productive until it dries out again. Do you guys use vinyl or what (if anything at all) to cover your instrument?
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 11:07 am    
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Bobby Seymour used to sell a pedal steel leg bag that was also a guitar cover, it was done up in denim and a very handy and practical item. Very Happy
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Dustin Kleingartner


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Saint Paul MN, USA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 11:23 am    
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I found a rectangular piece of canvas at my house. I've been using that as a cover for about a year now. It's not exactly protective, but it keeps it clean.
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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 11:30 am    
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Maybe there's a small keyboard cover that will work for you:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B06XV3388Z/ref=sspa_mw_detail_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Bill McCloskey


Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 11:52 am    
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I protect all my instruments with a protective layer of dust.
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Larry Carlson


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 12:37 pm    
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I dust my guitars at least twice daily by playing them.
Only thing in the room I have to protect them is a humidifier
and I don't cover them because I like looking them.
They are almost as pretty as I am. Rolling Eyes
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Mike Neer


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 12:39 pm    
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I had one made here: https://www.sharpcoversnashville.com/

I have to admit I rarely use it, but it's nice.
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Francisco Castillo


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Easter Island, Chile
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 12:39 pm    
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Bill McCloskey wrote:
I protect all my instruments with a protective layer of dust.



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reminded me of my practice lap.


i have a Gretsch lap that i leave uncovered, and unprotected against my 3y old son, the others are stored in their cases out of the reach of children.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 12:45 pm    
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When Bruce delivered a new Zum I'd ordered, it came with a nice felt cover, bless his heart. Very Happy
Erv
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Dom Franco


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Beaverton, OR, 97007
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 2:02 pm    
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I have made several covers for my pedal steels over the years... it's very simple: buy part of a yard of fabric cut out a rectangle (The size of your steel guitar plus 6-8" on all 4 sides.) Sew 4 seams at the corners cut out the 4 sections of extra fabric and you are done!

I have made some denim, some fake leather and one beautiful red crushed leather with fancy white dingle ball trim.

FUNNY TRUE STORY: I was playing a bar gig in Bakersfield, and I always covered my Pedal steel during our 15 minute breaks. One night a well dressed couple walked up to the stage and the man grabbed my beautiful red velvet cover, draped it over his date's shoulders as they danced to the jukebox. I figured it was a joke and thought he would give it back after the song, but they disappeared into the crowd and my cover was gone! Embarassed
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Jim Cohen


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Philadelphia, PA
Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 2:05 pm    
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Dom Franco wrote:
FUNNY TRUE STORY: I was playing a bar gig in Bakersfield, and I always covered my Pedal steel during our 15 minute breaks. One night a well dressed couple walked up to the stage and the man grabbed my beautiful red velvet cover, draped it over his date's shoulders as they danced to the jukebox. I figured it was a joke and thought he would give it back after the song, but they disappeared into the crowd and my cover was gone! Embarassed

This is why we can't have nice things...
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Brooks Montgomery


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 2:57 pm    
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That is why we shouldn't complain about pedal steel's being heavy!!!!
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Bill Groner


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 3:19 pm    
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I cover my lap steels with a sheet......I sleep with them! HA HA! Laughing Laughing
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post  Posted 4 Feb 2019 5:51 pm    
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For the Shobud I have a thick vinyl cover that has a white felt backing and the bottom edges are garterized to cling to the guitar. Had a shop that sells fabrics make it.

But most of the time it's not covered, sits in the studio until my OCD kicks in and I got to wipe it down.

Sometimes I'll take a vacuum to it.

But like the other voyeurs on the list I like to look at it. Muttering
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Walter Jones


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Athens, Ohio USA
Post  Posted 5 Feb 2019 7:29 am    
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This will take you back a day or two but its what I cover mine with.
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Mike Harris


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Texas, USA
Post  Posted 5 Feb 2019 1:21 pm    
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Now we're talkin'!!!
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Ken Byng


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Southampton, England
Post  Posted 5 Feb 2019 1:33 pm    
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I use the Stay Cool cover from Jeff Surratt. It is the best I've owned.

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Brad Richard


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Chisago City, Minnesota
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2019 6:36 am    
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I usually use a towel, but after reading this thread, I think one of those vinyl table cloths with the felt backing might work really well. Maybe even one with a Hawaiian motif (lap steel) or, for PSG, a country print with cows or tractors. The options are almost unlimited!
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Andy Henriksen


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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 6 Feb 2019 6:45 am    
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I made a cover out of some black leather-looking vinyl with the fuzzy backing. The only time I use it is if I am leaving a guitar set up at my band's practice room for a week. I never cover my guitars at home. My guitars are prettier than than the cover, and seeing one uncovered inspires me to sit down behind it more than if it was covered.
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