Monday, June 23, 2014

Homemade lap steel guitar



The lap steel guitar is a type of steel guitar, an instrument derived from and similar to the guitar. The player changes pitch by pressing a metal or glass bar against the strings instead of by pressing strings against the fretboard.


This is my homemade lap steel guitar.
It is built using a 6.5cm x 4.5cm x 85cm piece of wood taken from an old pallet, then planed and sanded.
The action is 1cm height. Bridge and nut are built using L shape aluminium bar of 1cm x 1cm. An additional aluminium bar is mounted and perforated to lead strings out of the nut to the tunings pegs. Nut and bridge has string slot. Strings are 1 cm apart from each other.
Tunings pegs are standard electric guitar pegs.


Sound is amplified using a stratocaster model like pickup, at 5cm from the bridge. It has 2 250pots one log and the other linear, used for tone and volume.
Fret reference are drawn on the wood, before the transparent lucid finiture paint was given.
The scale is 22 1/2".

Scale length 571.5mm 22.5"
FretDistance (mm)Distance (inches)
132.081.263
262.352.455
390.933.580
4117.904.642
5143.365.644
6167.396.590
7190.077.483
8211.488.326
9231.699.121
10250.769.872
11268.7610.581
12285.7511.250
13301.7911.881
14316.9312.477
15331.2213.040
16344.7013.571
17357.4314.072
18369.4514.545
19380.7914.992
20391.4915.413
21401.5915.811
22411.1316.186
23420.1316.541
24428.6316.875
25436.6517.191
* Distance is measured from the nut

About the video: this is my first lap steel guitar, I've never played one, so i've to to practice a little more to play it better, but that's just a demo video.


Notes
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  • excuse my bad english

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