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Kevin Fix

 

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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 30 Jun 2020 6:01 pm    
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My favorite Steel Guitar for tone is a "73" Sho Bud Lloyd Green. The overall color of the tone coming from a "73" LDG is unbeatable.
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Johnie King

 

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Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 30 Jun 2020 9:13 pm    
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Old Buds an push pull Emmons.
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Michael Douchette


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Gallatin, TN
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 4:50 am    
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I'm quite fond of my old Stage One. That's why I play it. Records better than any other guitar I owned.
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Bruce Bjork


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Southern Coast of Maine
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 6:14 am    
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The one you’re sitting behind.
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K Maul


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Mechanicville NY/Hobe Sound FL
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 6:26 am    
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Most of my steels sound similar because of the way I play, I guess, but my Sho-Bud Crossover has a great sound. It’s REALLY heavy so it doesn’t get around much anymore. It sounds great on recordings. I had a Carter D10 long ago that had a very Emmons-ish bell like quality and great sustain even though it was all-pull. One of my big regrets letting it go.
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Paul Wade


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mundelein,ill
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 6:51 am     What Is Your Favorite Steel Guitar For Tone?
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well that's hard to say past 30 years

1 msa d-10 classic xl with B.L 705


2 1980 emmons legrand d-10 SKH


3 shobud pro 111 stock d-10

4 my shobud super pro 8+7 d-10 which i am playing now

Very Happy
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Larry Dering

 

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Missouri, USA
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 7:04 am    
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Derby SD10 3X5 that I recently purchased and a BMI S10 3X4. I believe it takes a bit of time to find the sweet spot and right amp/gear combination to get your tone. Each of the steels I own have a great tone when paired with the right amp. It's different for every one. My Mullen D10 8x4 is wonderful, the Stage One took me a bit of time to match a great tone, but I found it. Old MSA Classic D10 8x2 was the same. A previous Sho Bud Crossover had the tone, but required to much tweaking.
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john buffington

 

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Owasso OK - USA
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 7:07 am    
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For my ear my 1970 P/P, with the original single coils in both necks pushing through a WEBB amp.
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Al Evans


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Austin, Texas, USA
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 8:48 am    
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As you can see from my .signature, I have three. My favorite tends to be whichever one I'm playing now. They're all great!

--Al Evans
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Ken Pippus


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Lake Oswego, OR
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 9:57 am    
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Whichever one the Big E was sitting behind at the time.
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Ken Pippus


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Lake Oswego, OR
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 9:59 am    
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Brand didn’t seem especially relevant.
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Jack Hanson


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San Luis Valley, USA
Post  Posted 1 Jul 2020 10:05 am    
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This butt-ugly old 3x1 bowlin' ball sounds as good -- if not better -- than anything else I've ever played:

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Dave Grafe


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Upstate NY
Post  Posted 4 Jul 2020 12:24 pm    
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Pick your poison







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Bill Fisher

 

From:
Oklahoma, USA
Post  Posted 4 Jul 2020 1:03 pm    
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Bigsby.

Bill
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David Ball


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North Carolina High Country
Post  Posted 4 Jul 2020 2:57 pm    
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My Madison Sho Buds for sure...

Dave
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Johnie King

 

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Tennessee, USA
Post  Posted 4 Jul 2020 7:34 pm    
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I’ve had enough steels to say some are special in the tone department. An some are
TONELESS!!!
I guess this statement is true for us all.


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Bob Watson


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Champaign, Illinois, U.S.
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 12:39 am    
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I have an old Sho Bud Professional that sounds incredible. I have an Emmons P/P that sounds good but I've played some other P/P's that sounded even better. I would have to say that I like the Sho Bud sound the best, and then the Emmons P/P is next in line. I have a Zum Encore and an older Zum D10 that are both great sounding steels, but they don't have the personality that the Sho Bud or the Emmons P/P do. My two cents!
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Jim Goins

 

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Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 3:45 am     Tone
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Rolling Eyes It all depends who's picking the string, plus the amp. Emmons or Green could make any guitar sound great.
Jim.
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Michael Douchette


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Gallatin, TN
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 3:54 am    
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As the old Chet Atkins/Paul Yandell story goes...

"Chet, that new guitar sounds great!"

Chet puts guitar in stand and says...

"How's it sound now?"

Laughing
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Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a 10mm first.

http://www.steelharp.com
http://www.thesessionplayers.com/douchette.html

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Marco Schouten


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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 7:13 am    
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Old Buds, old Emmons and old ZB's.
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JCH SD-10, Quilter Steelaire, Evans SE200, Sho-Bud Volume Pedal, Sho-Bud bar, 7/8th zirc bar, 15/16th zirc bar, Emmons bar, John Pearse bar
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Brooks Montgomery


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Idaho, USA
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 8:09 am    
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This:
https://youtu.be/2OU4ZhZc5Zw
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Brian Gattis

 

From:
Georgia, USA
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 8:51 am    
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2 Hole Puller Sho Buds and Emmons PP
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David Graves


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Indiana, USA
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 9:50 am    
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I’m very very spoiled With my Zum D-10 Hybrid. Seems to be perfect everywhere, but my buddy Dave Jackson has got an old Push/Pull that reminds us why we do this in the first place.
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Bob Carlucci

 

From:
Candor, New York, USA
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 1:40 pm    
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Nothing sounds as good as a ZB and a very close second to Fender 400/1000, ...R&B Buds get honorable mention....
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Pat Moore


From:
Virginia USA
Post  Posted 5 Jul 2020 2:37 pm     These two
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I've got the best of both worlds here!
'78 Emmons PP, & '75 ShoBud LDG!



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