Lap-steel Humbucker placement

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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby richard » Mon Dec 19, 2005 9:29 am

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.

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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby cheyenne » Mon Dec 19, 2005 2:29 pm

Thanks Richard, every 2 cents helps.
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby deferre » Tue Dec 20, 2005 9:14 am

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.
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby trguitar » Thu Dec 22, 2005 4:00 am

>You sure did, fsg. Welcome!
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Ditto!
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby cheyenne » Sun Jan 01, 2006 5:44 pm

[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)
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby cheyenne » Fri Jan 20, 2006 4:06 pm

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.
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby ricochet » Fri Jan 20, 2006 6:01 pm

That's great!

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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby nizer » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:14 am

Way to go cheyenne! Good to hear it survived it's shakedown cruise ..... rev that sucker up and let's give 'er a listen...
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby cheyenne » Sat Jan 21, 2006 9:47 am

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
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby trguitar » Sat Jan 21, 2006 10:56 am

Hey that was cool! Nice job ... both on the build and the playing!
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby cheyenne » Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:07 pm

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.
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RE: Lap-steel Humbucker placement

Postby ricochet » Sat Jan 21, 2006 7:08 pm

Yeah, that thing's really sounding great!


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