#1
I might be able to convince my dad to build a lapsteel guitar with me and I was wondering a few things:

1: What kind of wood could/should I use?
2: Can I use this preslotted fretboard ?
3: I was thinking of having it set up like a stratocaster with three pickups, nut having the bridge single reverse angled (likethat new "reverse" strat) and having a telecaster/lipstick pickup in the neck. I was thinking of going with either a seymour duncan or Dimarzio or a conbanation of both. Any ideas on good pups?
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#2
I've half-built a lapsteel and it was a lot of fun.

1. You can use whatever wood you want. Mine was made from a mixture of mahogany (or meranti, I never figured out what it was) and a teak fretboard. Experiment with some non-traditional fretboard/body woods.
2. Generally, lapsteels have a much shorter scale length, think around 21-22". That fretboards scale is too big.
3. I don't really think you need that much versatility with your pickups. A single tele bridge pickup would be fine (check out the SD range) or even just a nice P-90 a bit further away from the bridge. It all really comes down to what sounds you want out of it.
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#3
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I've half-built a lapsteel and it was a lot of fun.

1. You can use whatever wood you want. Mine was made from a mixture of mahogany (or meranti, I never figured out what it was) and a teak fretboard. Experiment with some non-traditional fretboard/body woods.
2. Generally, lapsteels have a much shorter scale length, think around 21-22". That fretboards scale is too big.
3. I don't really think you need that much versatility with your pickups. A single tele bridge pickup would be fine (check out the SD range) or even just a nice P-90 a bit further away from the bridge. It all really comes down to what sounds you want out of it.


2: Yeah, I reread my guide (from a month or two old gutiarandbass) and I'm gonna go with a dobro neck from StewMac.
3: I know I don't need that much, but I love to mess around with sounds and stuff. By the time im done It'll probally have an EQ system like those that Frank zappa had on his guitars.
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