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post Nov 12 2013, 06:48 PM
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I think it's from the 1930s (or early 40s?).
Made in Los Angeles by Rickenbacher 'Electro' instruments (later to be Rickenbacker).

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My first Lap Steel. Haven't decided on a tuning yet.


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post Nov 12 2013, 07:05 PM
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Congrats on Your new gear! When can we expect some samples ?smile.gif Looks like a good, old, vintage cadilac smile.gif


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post Nov 12 2013, 08:55 PM
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When I figure out how to play it laugh.gif
It is most definitely it's own animal.


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post Nov 12 2013, 09:41 PM
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Is that solid wood?


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post Nov 13 2013, 02:38 AM
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It's hollow metal (cast aluminum) and it's blue/grey sunburst.
The pick up is what's known as a 'horse shoe' pickup http://www.frets.com/HomeShopTech/Products...horseshoes.html

*I'll add that Rickenbacker were the first to produce electric guitars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frying_pan_(guitar) and that Adolph Rickenbacher was a cousin of WWI flying ace (and auto racer/automobile manufacturer) Eddie Rickenbacker.

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post Nov 13 2013, 09:38 AM
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WOW that instrument looks amazing! smile.gif

Where did you get it?
I can imagine you stumbling upon some old farm and finding this instrument in the abandoned house smile.gif
Yes I know - I watch too much "American Pickers" and "Abandoned" heheh

How hard is it to play Lap Steel?


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No surprise...I haven't played one either so also would need some time to start anything tongue.gif


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Wou!! It looks great! I would like to see you playing it. Is it possible? smile.gif


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post Nov 13 2013, 06:01 PM
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@Bogdan ... I bought it from a friend. They are actually very easy to find here as almost all the guitar companies manufactured them. Also they are not really expensive (unless they're in mint condition with original case). They usually come in 6, 8 and 10 string models. The most common tunings are open E, open G and C6 (CEGACE low to high and variations) or E6. You play them with a bar or a 'steel' - a slide that's solid.

@Gab ... I will make a vid of me playing it when I actually can play something passable.

Here's a very traditional application ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdTa9MzgF6s


And not so traditional ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzbA79ptJP8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAbbgSKUZB4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iblfvzn7Rc8

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post Nov 13 2013, 06:24 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Nov 13 2013, 06:01 PM) *
@Bogdan ... I bought it from a friend. They are actually very easy to find here as almost all the guitar companies manufactured them. Also they are not really expensive (unless they're in mint condition with original case). They usually come in 6, 8 and 10 string models. The most common tunings are open E, open G and C6 (CEGACE low to high and variations) or E6. You play them with a bar or a 'steel' - a slide that's solid.

@Gab ... I will make a vid of me playing it when I actually can play something passable.

Here's a very traditional application ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdTa9MzgF6s


And not so traditional ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzbA79ptJP8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAbbgSKUZB4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iblfvzn7Rc8


Just found this on fleabay...only 16 minutes left to bid : 1 bid so far $3400

Dont know if this link will work for long as its nearly finished:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rickenbacker-Lap-S...4-/121209576421
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post Nov 14 2013, 12:49 AM
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QUOTE (Headbanger @ Nov 13 2013, 10:24 AM) *
Just found this on fleabay...only 16 minutes left to bid : 1 bid so far $3400


'Those' go for a lot as they are generally regarded to be the first production electric guitars - affectionately known as the frying pan.

The one I have, though fairly aged and archaic looking, is quite common. It probably even had a matching amp.


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post Nov 27 2013, 01:37 PM
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Nice, I really have a desire to get a pedal steel guitar (my favourite instrument ever) but apart from the price, the dedication, brain power and lifetime it would take to master it puts me off a little!


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post Nov 27 2013, 07:35 PM
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Me too!
Just 6 strings with the slide (no pedals, no knee levers) is daunting enough.
I have (sort of) settled on a tuning though: DADF#BE - blues/modal on the bottom, a little western swing on top.


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