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i've been wanting to make a fullscale lapsteel for a while, i bought a cheap secondhand lapsteel a while ago, but it was shorter scale length...ideally tuned to G i think..... the pickup was cheap n noisy, and it never stayed in tune, also it had a rosewood nut :confused: ...

i stumbled upon a piece of timber just the right size.......not ideal as it's treated timber intended for outdoor use, but hey ho....on we go.......i don't really have the proper tools for the job, but managed to do what i needed.....i've done a first fit and it plays ok....a few things to adjust.....i've stripped off all hardware and i'm finishing it now, i had to do a first fit to make sure the nut would position properly and give the right spacing from the bridge...

this is rough sawn and treated timber so i'm not sure how smooth i can get the finish, there are a few knots and dodgy bits too, i may leave it quite rough....

here are some pics :) assymetric bodyshape based on the cheapo one i have, changed the headstock design tho

post-76128-097787200 1300311986_thumb.jpg laying out parts, timber uncut shape penciled in

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post-76128-009255900 1300312082_thumb.jpg ruff body shape control recess and headstock cut

post-76128-017222800 1300312171_thumb.jpg mahogany for fret marker board is an old door threshold, a bit ruff with couple of holes, but fine

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post-76128-001117200 1300312405_thumb.jpg pickup, bridge, tailpiece and controls one volume and toggle as a kill switch

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post-76128-036532100 1300312522_thumb.jpg first fit strings etc on, electrics wired up all working except killswitch :dunno: wired wrong

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this will be my prototype and i'll keep an eye out for a nice piece of mahogany for a body :yes:

will update my progress and maybe a wee vid of the result...........

Paul.........

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Good project Paul.

That is a lump of treated pine, the only way to get it real smooth is to hand plane it...sanding it will just make it furry.

Definitely make it the prototype as that timber will warp, twist, shrink and expand as the seasons change.

You should be able to get a suitable piece of stable timber from a local joinery for not much money.

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Nice work Paul. How did you fit tuners/winders and did you cut slots in the headstock? Do you have a nut? It's hard to see that end of the guitar - notice I call it a guitar...:D.

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cheers folks :winkthumb:

here is the headstock :)

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here is a pic of the guitar body i made in school, with the neck of an old 12 string acoustic botched on.....not sure where the thread is that i originally posted this on.....

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Paul..............

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NIce work Paul. Those strings look heavy duty, what's the gauge? Do you have grooves cut in the nut? and.....that's an interesting bridge on your electric guitar, I've never seen one like that before. I know, a lot of questions, but I'm always curious.

And....:)...I think putting creative fret-markers on your lapsteel would be a chance for you to express your artistic talents.

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strings are 12 16 24w 32w 42w 52w.....same as on my Sheraton :thumbup1: they're prosound strings i can only get them from one place, i like them tho, i use the acoustic ones too

i have grooves cut on the nut, just used a junior hacksaw....

the bridge on the other....."thing"....lol is a bigsby(style) tailpiece....this is getting modified tho...tailpice will come off.....maybe use it as a tailpiece(with a bridge too) on another lapsteel....

Paul........

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...this is getting modified tho...tailpice will come off.....maybe use it as a tailpiece(with a bridge too) on another lapsteel....

Paul........

I see a business opportunity! Pocket money at least.

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more or less done :thumbup1:

done all the bits i wanted to do .....wee bit shaping...etc....i sanded and olied the body, sanded the bridge, tailpiece and pickup cover too....had to do a wee repair to the headstock, the wood split a bit.....sorted now tho :thumbup1:

it's still ruff n ready , should sound good tho :yes: i'll wire it up in the morning......need to think how i want to re-wire the switch......pickup - volume - switch - output or pickup - switch - volume - output :dunno:

here are some more pics :)

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i'll do a recording of some kind when she's all wired up........i had a wee play, and i'm happy with the unplugged sound, it's comfortable and easy to play :thumbup1: should sound good...

Paul....

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cheers Chris and Carol :winkthumb:

all finished....well almost, i've got a bad ground connection, switch isn't wired yet either, and a wee bit of attention needed at the nut.....other than that i'm happy with it :)

here's a video of my first shot........

the video camera went off near the end.......must have had enough...lol

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It just goes to show that a talented musician can make even a lump of wood sound good. It sounds beautiful. What effect did you dial in when you added that extra sustain near the end?

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cheers Carol and Skinny :winkthumb: ......it's turned out better than i thought too.....a few dodgy bits, but plays fine :)

the sound near the end is just a heavy distortion setting with a wee touch of delay, rolling the volume on and off gives a synthy kinda sound....

i added a name plate....lol

post-76128-019498700 1300545200_thumb.jpgyou can see my first attempt at string spacing on the nut, still needs adjusted for slot depth, and i've got plenty height so i'll file it down again and remove the first marks....

Paul...........

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