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The Lap Steel Guitar

The steel guitar differs from a regular guitar in the way that it is played. The lap steel guitar is held in your lap facing toward you. The strings are raised above the fretboard; rather than pressing them to the fretboard, a steel bar is pressed against the strings. Typically the lap steel guitar is tuned in one of several "open" tunings rather than standard guitar tuning.

Steel guitars were originally invented and popularized in Hawaii. Legend has it that Joseph Kekuku, a Hawaiian schoolboy, discovered the sound while walking along a railroad track strumming his guitar. He picked up a bolt lying by the track and slid the metal along the strings of his guitar. Intrigued by the sound, he taught himself to play using the back of a knife blade.

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steel guitar

Hi,I have a double headed steel guitar that was my Fathers.It has no name on it.The only thing I can find on it is a serial number I guess.The number is X50987.I have no way to show a picture.The amp that he has with it is a Kent model 5999 Trem-tone.I found it on line, an it said it's that it was made in the late 50's early 60's.That is all the info.I have.I was wondering if anybody out there could help I.D.this steel guitar and how much it's worth.

Fender steel triple neck

I have a friend who wants to sell his triple neck steel guitar. It is a Fender, and a 57 or 59 right in there, no pedals. Does anyone know the close value I should be asking for this? Thanks S

Need a Fender Steel

Looking for 50s'-60s' Fender studio deluxe or champ, having all-silver/chrome knobs on volume, tone, and head of guitar.

Still want a Fender dbl 8 table steel?

I have fender # 2835 in very nice condition. Needs strings and rubber feet for legs, but otherwise great to go. Still interested? Make an offer.
Thanks. 209 826 4814

Re: Need a Fender Steel

: Looking for 50s'-60s' Fender studio deluxe or champ, having all-silver/chrome knobs on volume, tone, and head of guitar.

Hello,
I have a fender 6 string champ and a stringmaster 8. Both are in good condition. I can send pictures as needed.

early 50's Fender Double 10 Pedal Steel - FOR SALE

Early 1950's Fender Double Neck 10 Pedal Steel FOR SALE - very good condition with original hard-shell cases. For more info or to make an offer, please email me at pparham@earthlink.net

Gibson triple neck console steel for sale

I have a Gibson triple neck console steel that I want to sell - it has 8 - 6 - 8 setup since someone (not me) changed the middle P-90 pickup to a 6 string model [the tuners and bridge are still 8 string], the middle "fret board" is 6 string. Sunburst with original case, but the legs are missing, but I have made legs that work. Seems to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s. Think Don Helms without the really big pricetag. Call me at (206) 324-1042. thaks; ed waldron

Fender 400(?) Pedal Steel

Fender 400(?) Pedal Steel

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Triple neck and double neck steels for sale

Inherited one Fender double-neck and one Fender triple-neck. Both are pedal steels, both in original cases, both in excellent condition.
Model 00430 and T133. Contact for pictures.

Lap Steel info

I am trying to find out any info on an old Lap Steel.The name on it is "Wizard" but so far I have not been able to find out anything about it.It has 6 strings and one pickup.Is "Wizard the make ? or could it be the model ?.Any info would be very helpful.Paul.

Lap Steel info

I am trying to find out any info on an old Lap Steel.The name on it is "Wizard" but so far I have not been able to find out anything about it.It is 6 string and has one pickup.Is "Wizard" the make ? or could it be the model ?.Any info/history would be very helpful.Paul.

Fender pedal steel

Looking for a Fender pedal steel Model 1000 or 2000
Want too buy
Living in Stockholm, Sweden

Re: Fender pedal steel

: Looking for a Fender pedal steel Model 1000 or 2000
: Want too buy
: Living in Stockholm, Sweden
I have a Fender 2000 double neck steel guitar with 10 pedals. In good condition. Comes with case slides and all original paperwork(booklet).I't sunburst black, red and yellow. Thanks Donna Omalley USA

Re: Fender pedal steel

Have 2 Fender pedal steels, one double-neck, one triple-neck
Excellent condition.

Re: Fender pedal steel

Hi Buddy,
I'm a multi-instrumentalist. I started lap steel one year ago. After hearing you, my life hasn't been the same. I now eat, sleep and drink PSG & LSG. I recently purchased a Fender 2000 pedal steel guitar. As tou know, it has double-10 necks. C6 & E9. It also has 10 pedals. What does each pedal do? What should each pedal do? Please advise or reccommend someone who can tell/help me.
Thanks,
Regi Oliver,
FAN#1

Fender 2000

Hi there, This is an answer to an old post so you might already know how to set up a Fender steel. I've got a 1000 double 8 which has a great tone but is a big beast to cart around, which must make a double 10 even worse. I think they sound cleaner and have a more colourful tone than short scale instruments, but are difficult to keep in tune and a bit sloppy to play. I like the organic feel of cable guitars and find they have a lot more soul than say, an all-pull Emmons.
You can change the pedal setup easily on a Fender by shifting the cables about and adjust the tuning by turning the screws in the recess at the right hand end of the guitar when you have the pedal down. turn your guitar upside down to see whats going on!! It's a good idea to disassemble the instrument and clean it up every now and again and keep it well lubricated.
My steel has 8 pedals and 6 knees which I added. My knees are self designed and a bit mad but work quite well with the benefit of teaching you how the guitar works both mechanically and musically. My guitar is set up like an Emmons often is and has from left to right: the first 3 pedals work the front(E9) neck tuned E, F#, G# B, E, G#,D#,F#. The A pedal raises B to C#, B pedal raises G# strings to A and C pedal raises B to C# and E to F# The other 5 work the Back C9 neck which is tuned F,A,C, E, G,A,C,E and go, A pedal: A's to B's = C major7th. B pedal: Low E to Eb= D9th. C pedal: G# to G, High E to F = F9th. D pedal: High A to B, High C to D = C major 9th. E pedal" low A to Bb = C7 #9. This set up allows you to use adjacent pedals together e.g. D9 and F9 = Eb diminished With more pedals and strings you could do more but that would mean taking your foot off the volume pedal and using two feet on the pedals, which is what players did in the old days. Putting knees on will help you get more of the sounds you've heard since the beginning of the 60's. That being said, you can do a lot with just the A and B pedals on The E9th. and no pedals at all on the C6th. A lot of steel players think they need a lot of changes so it's all got a bit silly unless you're a rocket scientist and nobody fires you for playing too many damn notes!! The pedals on the C6 correspond to tunings often used on non-pedal steels and you can easily get a lot of chords with forward and reverse bar slants. My Knees are cable operated because I didn't know any better at the time. They do the trick as I put in two stages of leverage for the lowered notes as Fender steels need a lot more travel on the lowered notes. If I was you, I'd get a couple of your pedals to give you more changes on the E9th. neck, or put on some Knee levers. My inside Knees work both necks. I have probably put more Knees on than anybody else. E9: Left and inside left : E's to F and Eb, Inside Right: F#'s to G, Outside right D# to D. C6: Left Knee left A's to Ab Left Knee right A's to Bb Right left high C to B Outside right C's to C# , but that's because I'm crazy and wanted to do it to see if I could. I found better designs than mine after the fact on an American Fender Steel site but mine work very well anyway and are probably lighter, Weight being an issue already. I hope this has helped. It's always good for me to go through the tunings so any more info I can give you is alright by me. I'm in Melbourne but I'm a Kiwi and do some gigs for fun and a bit of profit which is an interesting change from teaching and playing the Bass. Cheers, Rob

Vintage Fender Double Neck Steel Guitar

Vintage Fender Double Neck Steel Guitar

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Left Handed Pedal Steel Wanted

Anybody know of any Left-Handed Pedal Steels for sale?

Re: Left Handed Pedal Steel Wanted

: Anybody know of any Left-Handed Pedal Steels for sale?

Yea right buddy good luck!

Re: Left Handed Pedal Steel Wanted

: Anybody know of any Left-Handed Pedal Steels for sale?
You can try Roy Thomas at Pedalmaster Guitars in Maurice, LA. He made me one last summer and it's beautiful. I know he said he was making one or two more at some point. Check his website.

9-string guitar wanted

Looking to buy a "9-string" guitar:
A while back I had the opportunity to play (what I was told was called) a "Missouri 9 string". It was similiar to a standard 12-string - except that it is strung with the 3 lower strings (E A D) individually, and the upper 3 strings are doubled, like a regular 12-string. It was quite a fun experience, especially for me - based on the way I utilize the bass strings for accents.
Anybody have one, or know where I can buy one?

wanted - fender champ lap steel legs

I'm looking for some legs for my fender champ lap steel guitar. Thanks.
mike.

Re: wanted - fender champ lap steel legs

:check out "steelguitar.net", once entered look to left, scroll down till you see "acessories", i think "legs" is under there, Bobbe Seymour usually has some out in Nashille, its his website

Old Fender Steel Guitar for Sale

I have an Old Fender Steel Guitar SN# 3398 that I am looking to sell and I also have two other old guitars one a Fender the other a gibson.

I have Photo's of all 3 if interested in Bidding on them.

View at: http://www.rvpartsonline.com/guitar.html
Trudy Myrland

WANTED Fender double 10 Pedal Steel

WANTED Fender double 10 Pedal Steel

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Fender 800 10 string single neck pedal

Fender 800 10 string single neck pedal

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WTB fender d-8

Looking for a fender D-8 lap steel

left handed book for lap steel guitar

I am a complete beginner, had a 8 string lap steel made but now
cannot find any instruction books. Can anyone help me ???
thanks,
howard

Fender 400, 8 string, 8 pedal

Am new to Steel, played the guitar 35 years, but always loved that sound. Lookin at an old fender 400 with 8 pedals, you long time players out there: Is this a good starter instrument? and do the old Steel guitars of collector value like the old Fenders I see for sale?
Just wanderin if Im buyin an unplayable relic, or somthin with an old sweet story to tell.... Regard all. Ken

Re: Fender 400, 8 string, 8 pedal

Hi,
I've thought, I have a Fender 400, too, but - why does my instrument has only 4 pedals?

: Am new to Steel, played the guitar 35 years, but always loved that sound. Lookin at an old fender 400 with 8 pedals, you long time players out there: Is this a good starter instrument? and do the old Steel guitars of collector value like the old Fenders I see for sale?
: Just wanderin if Im buyin an unplayable relic, or somthin with an old sweet story to tell.... Regard all. Ken

Re: Fender 400, 8 string, 3 and 1/2 pedal !!

: Hi,
I bought same fender 400 yesterday and tried to follow fender , mr gearhead website manual to tune it.I broke string and would really like anyone who knows how to tune 8 string and perhaps the guages of strings to buy as Ireland not relyy pedal steel country.

I imagine there is a pedal missing on this one and i also seem to have one steel line underneath snaped.Any help or links/phone no etc gratefully appreciated

Adrian
: I've thought, I have a Fender 400, too, but - why does my instrument has only 4 pedals?

: : Am new to Steel, played the guitar 35 years, but always loved that sound. Lookin at an old fender 400 with 8 pedals, you long time players out there: Is this a good starter instrument? and do the old Steel guitars of collector value like the old Fenders I see for sale?
: : Just wanderin if Im buyin an unplayable relic, or somthin with an old sweet story to tell.... Regard all. Ken

Re: Fender 400, 8 string, 3 and 1/2 pedal !!

:The Fender 400 PSG was available with up to either 8 or 10 pedals I,m not sure of the exact number, although most of them were sold with just 4. Back in the late 50s the E9th tuning was just coming into its own and most of the players I knew were stll using a C6th or A6th tuning. The sound of these old Fenders is fantastic, especially when played through a Twin Reverb.

However, if you want to seriously learn to play a PSG, I would highly recommend buying a newer model as they are better built and the changer mechanism is light years ahead ogf the old Fenders.

Carter Steel Guitars down near Dallas TX manufactures a great student instrument with 3 pedals and 4 knee levers. Go look at musicians friend website, they sell them for around $799 complete with picks, volume pedal, tone bar etc. And they sound good.

Re: Fender 400, 8 string, 3 and 1/2 pedal !!

 Fender 400, 8 string, 3 and 1/2 pedal !!

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Fender 400 Pedal Steel

Fender 400 Pedal Steel

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1955 Fender lap steel guitar

Hi,
I own a small Fender lap guitar. I have with it the original invoice dated 1955. Could you give me some idea of value?
Dale

Re: 1955 Fender lap steel guitar

: Hi,
: I own a small Fender lap guitar. I have with it the original invoice dated 1955. Could you give me some idea of value?
: Dale

Mate, it's priceless. Keep it for your grandson.

Re: 1955 Fender lap steel guitar

: Hi,
: I own a small Fender lap guitar. I have with it the original invoice dated 1955. Could you give me some idea of value?
: Dale

Re: 1955 Fender lap steel guitar

can you send a picture of the guitar?

Late 50's early 60's 8 string 8 pedal fender steel guitar pat pending model

I just recently bought this steel and I need some parts and a scematic I think this model was called the 800 or series 800
I dont know a thing about this particular model if some one could help me It would be great. Thanks !!!

harmony 6 string lap steele

I am desperately looking for info on this guitar

Re: harmony 6 string lap steele

: I am desperately looking for info on this guitar

how much are you willing to pay for one?

Re: harmony 6 string lap steele

: I am desperately looking for info on this guitar

How desperately are you looking Mervin.. ;o)

Mikie , sorry buddy I could'nt resiste hehe
My buddies brother might have info on it for you, I'll ask him..

Re: harmony 6 string lap steele

:I own one & have found three for sale on ebay with links to information on these lap steel guitars. I love mine, but wish I could play it better. I added an echo & stereo chorus to mine & it is great. Has a sound all it's own. dennis

:
: How desperately are you looking Mervin.. ;o)

:
: Mikie , sorry buddy I could'nt resiste hehe
: My buddies brother might have info on it for you, I'll ask him..

slack key

how do you tune a six string guitar to " slack key " tuning .

fender pedal steel

fender pedal steel

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Lap electric steel guitars

Pleases send me all the info that you have on Steel Lap giitars,and all picures.We have one that is from the 1920s or early 1930s.Do you have any info as to how much wone of these would cost?It is in mint condition and sounds wonderful.Thank yhou very much for what ever you send me.Karen Olson.

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