Get up, stand up - with the "Belly Bar"

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Steinar Gregertsen
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Get up, stand up - with the "Belly Bar"

Post by Steinar Gregertsen » July 23rd, 2009, 1:38 pm

For the lap steel players out there, here's a photo of my Asher EH Junior with its new "Belly Bar" from Asher installed. It's very simple, and very effective:

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I was a little sceptical at first, wondering if such a simple device would feel comfortable and provide enough support, but after testing it out on a few gigs this last week I must admit that it works very well.
The lap steel was steady as it could be and I had no problems at all,- and this was the first time I've ever tried wearing a lap steel like this.
It's such a relief to finally have the same freedom to move around as I have when I play guitar, and not the least to get away from the (loud) monitors and amps.

Here are some pics of it in action, at a gig I did with Tom Principato and his "Powerhouse" band two days ago:

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Re: Get up, stand up - with the "Belly Bar"

Post by Ricochet » July 23rd, 2009, 2:06 pm

Have any trouble reaching the upper octaves with that?
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Re: Get up, stand up - with the "Belly Bar"

Post by Steinar Gregertsen » July 23rd, 2009, 2:19 pm

No really, I just have to adjust my position a little. It's a bit hard to see but I'm pretty high up the neck on this pic:

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Re: Get up, stand up - with the "Belly Bar"

Post by dogbite » July 23rd, 2009, 3:19 pm

the belly bar looks great.
the freedom to stand would be nice.
I like the idea of being able to stand up, move around, hear the amps.
way to go Steinar. :note1:

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