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Kim Turnbull

 

From:
Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 29 Jul 2022 2:08 am    
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My first guitar build. All the wood is from a stash of off-cuts gathered over the years. Much new learning - now on to the next one! Comments and constructive criticism welcome.




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Wayne Brown

 

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Bassano, Alberta, Canada
Post  Posted 29 Jul 2022 2:54 am     steel guitar
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now that's cool...i like what you did with the frets
thanks
wayne
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Samuel Phillippe


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Douglas Michigan, USA
Post  Posted 29 Jul 2022 6:42 am    
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Very nice, Looks great. How does it sound?
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Greg Forsyth

 

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Colorado, USA
Post  Posted 29 Jul 2022 11:42 am    
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Well done Kim, I like the copper fretwire as well. Please let us know about your tuning, scale length and also about the key head assembly and kind of PUP you're using.
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Kim Turnbull

 

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Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 30 Jul 2022 2:24 am    
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Thanks for the comments. Inlaying the 8 gauge copper into the teak fretboard was the first step in the process; picked a 24" scale - matching my pedal steels - based on my abiding respect for Eddy Fulawka. I modified the (Brisco) key head/roller assembly from a 10 string to 8 and used Grover mini's. The pickup is a Lollar Console Grande. Nice tone, good mid-range and sustains forever. Took it to a guitar heavy jam last week with 2 electrics, 3 acoustics and a drummer and it had no problem cutting through with it's own distinctive voice. I strung it with a 12 -36 gauge set to an E diatonic tuning - b e f# g# b c# e g# - mostly because it's what I know but I plan to experiment with other tunings.
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John Sims


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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Post  Posted 30 Jul 2022 4:31 am    
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Beautiful! Awesome build! Very Happy
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b0b


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Cloverdale, CA, USA
Post  Posted 30 Jul 2022 5:04 pm    
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Why the roller nut?
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Kim Turnbull

 

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Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 31 Jul 2022 8:52 am    
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John Sims wrote:
Beautiful! Awesome build! Very Happy


Thanks John.
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Kim Turnbull

 

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Ontario, Canada
Post  Posted 31 Jul 2022 9:00 am    
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b0b wrote:
Why the roller nut?


The design motivation was aesthetic - not technical. Chose the key head to somewhat emulate the tuner tray systems like the 50's Stringmaster's and others, and allow for a completely flat underside. I didn't see any downside to using the integrated roller system so kept it. I think it gives the instrument a bit of a pedal steel guitar vibe. Thanks for asking. Kim
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