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(@gnease)
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Yes -- it's nice!

What are the nut and bridge widths? And what materials for each?

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(@smokindog)
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Sweeet 8) I wish I had a place to do woodworking projects. I always wanted build one myself.

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(@dogbite)
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the guitar body is mahogany. the top wood is western cedar. the fretboard is rosewood inlaid with maple and pearl.
the nut and saddle is bone. the bridge is ebony.
the strings are spaced 3/8'. so outside string to outside string is 1 and 7/8". the overall nut width isd wider than that. closer to 2" and something. dont remember.

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 Nuno
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Hey Dogbite!

It is cool! And it sounds great!

Great work! :D


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(@twistedlefty)
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very nice

#4491....


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Plain looking? No, it's gorgeous in its functional simplicity. Dogbite, that really is a labour of love, and if I ever wore hats, I'd take mine off to you. Great job! Just curious - approximately how many man-hours went into the building?

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@dogbite)
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thanks for the compliments. :)
man hours? well, I started when I was a boy. now I have gray hair.... last September I cut the body shape.
I finished soldering last week. I did not work constantly on it, obviously, it was slow and evolving. I learned as I
went along. although I have made two solid body lap steels, this was different and presented a bunch of new problems.
I would say that each part of the guitar took six or seven hours. fretboard, I had to measure, then build a jig for the Dremel router. then cut each slot, sand, cut slivers of maple, glue in and clamp. an easy eight hours.
hard to say Vic. labour of love? absolutely. plus, there was a lot of sitting and thinking and looking going on too.

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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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now I have gray hair

So it couldn't have been that hard - you haven't ripped it all out yet....

Just joking - lovely craftmanship, just shows what you can do when you put your mind to it.

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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(@wes-inman)
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Great job!

In ten years we can all say we know the owner of

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(@redneckrocker)
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Excellent Job!! Really sweet looking lap steel. If I could play lapsteel, I would be proud to play that. The fact that you did it all by yourself has to make playing it that much sweeter. Once more, excellent job.

~Mike the Redneck Rocker.

"The only two things in life that make it worth living are guitars that tune good and firm feeling women" - Waylon


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 Kr1s
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Awesome, how was the neck to make? I heard time again this is the most difficult part to craft.


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(@dogbite)
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kris. the whole guitar is made from one solid piece of mahogany. it was about two inches thick in the rough. after planing it came to the finish thickness of 1 and 3/4". then i cut the shape or outline. then turning on its side I cut the back taper of the neck then the two tapers of the headstock. the fret board was not too hard either. I just had to be fairy accurate.
the beauty of lap steels is that I do not have a radiased neck and the strings never touch the frets so I only have to come real close with intonation.

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