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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 9:29 am
by richard
just my two cents -
i made a lap steel a few years ago and used a tele style tailpiece, that accomodated a humbucker rather than a single coil. Looks and sounds pretty good, considering it was my first attempt and is built out of scrap pine.
i coil tapped the humbucker so i could switch between tones - i much prefer the sound of the 'bucker, though.

richard

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:29 pm
by cheyenne
Thanks Richard, every 2 cents helps.

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:14 am
by deferre
cheyenne,

Setting the pickup just under a harmonic place would be useful in order to cut that harmonic from the output. But that would work only, and only, for the string played open. The position of all harmonics will change as you move the bar.

So, I wouldn't care that much about a exact position. Just find the spot you like more, treble near the bridge or softer further away.

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:00 am
by trguitar
>You sure did, fsg. Welcome!
>
>"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


Ditto!

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 5:44 pm
by cheyenne
[updated:LAST EDITED ON Jan-01-06 AT 12:53 PM (EST)]Well the beastie is nearing completion...not yet but very soon. The varnish is drying as I speak.

The pickup shown on the link below below it, does anyone know what type of Schaller this is? (ie: "Golden 50" etc..)
I do know it's a Schaller humbucker and usually came with a gold cover-plate which i've misplaced at the moment but will probably not actually end up using anyway.
(Does it make a difference to the sound? All I can think of is it might dull it in some way if anything due to it diminishing the sensitivity by being an obstruction of sorts between pole pieces and strings.)

By the way for placing it, I ended up using the ratio method mentioned earlier, measured from my own favorite guitar.

http://img394.imageshack.us/img394/230/ ... eel4bo.jpg

For a photo of the pickup, cut'n'paste this into your address bar:
img424.imageshack.us/img424/5083/pickups9kg.jpg

(Wanted to save screen space and bandwidth for modem users)

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:06 pm
by cheyenne
Hello all, my lapsteel is finally finished and I'll post up soundclips very soon hopefully for anyone who wants to hear it.

I've got 12-18's on it, in Open E (D was too slack) and it screams really well when overdriven. I'm having a bucketload of fun on it and it passed its first live gig test recently too.

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:01 pm
by ricochet
That's great!

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:14 am
by nizer
Way to go cheyenne! Good to hear it survived it's shakedown cruise ..... rev that sucker up and let's give 'er a listen...

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:47 am
by cheyenne
Hi Rico and Nizer, good to have it all back up again (BRB that is).

I meant 12-58's by the way, I don't like how you can't edit old posts!

Well I fired it up and tried mic'ing an amp instead this time, it ended up more distorted and not as clear/bright as i'd hoped but anyway you'll get the idea with the soundfile. Excuse the rock-ish distortion but it is a new toy and I am a boy after all!

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/pagemus ... dID=287928

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:56 am
by trguitar
Hey that was cool! Nice job ... both on the build and the playing!

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:07 pm
by cheyenne
Thanks for listening TR.
Next time I can turn my amp up I think I might re-do it.
I would love to get a stomping drummer behind that chunky riff.

RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:08 pm
by ricochet
Yeah, that thing's really sounding great!


"A cheerful heart is good medicine."