Building my First Lap Steel

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The German
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Building my First Lap Steel

Post by The German » Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:18 pm

I have long wanted to learn to play the Steel and thought it was beyond my grasp for various reasons. Then I discovered the Lap Steel and that they were buildable. UFF! I was on a roll. I had an old cheap electric guitar bought at a garage sale so I canablized it for parts and began work on the board. I decided on a 24.5" scale and cut it out accordingly. The point that I am at now is deterining where the fret markes go for 24.5" scale. My fretboard is walnut from a tree my dad had planted years back. I'm not sure what to use for the frets. That are my two delemas. I made my not from some aluminum I had and I have ordered a Les Paul bridge. So I'm looking at the fret install. I would love to hear any suggestions cause this is new ground to me. I built a Mini Telecaster years back but that was a kit. I have played the guitar since I was 12 so I have some knowledge. I love forums for the expert experience that is shared and hope someday to share any knowledge I gain.
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Re: Building my First Lap Steel

Post by maxi19 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:03 pm

Welcome to the forum, I'm sure you will get help and encouragement here.

Best Regards Ron Mc

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Re: Building my First Lap Steel

Post by azureskys » Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:05 pm

Looks like ya got a nice start for your lap steel nice work , looking forward to seeing it finished . Russ

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