Lap Steel Strings
I was wondering which gauge of strings to use on a Lap Steel.
Will standard lights i.e 12s work fine?
Also what kind of slide to use?
a lot depends on what tuning you use, and what the scale lengh is. I just have a set of accustic 12's on mine.... but they are not right. I havent settled on a tuning yet, so for now they are good enough. Tehre is a chart somewere on line.... but I cant find it right now.
Mostly Hank Williams tunes...so I guess in G, D and A.
Also that typical HW tones comes by plugging the lap steel clean or using some effects?
here may be some useful information re: strings, gauges and tunings.
I actually have 11's on mine and but that required a luthier trip. 12's seem to be the norm though
Here are the actual tunings and string gauges used by Don Helms, who played steel guitar for Hank Williams:
Most people now use a C6 tuning to play old country music and Western swing on a lap steel, on a 6 string that's CEGACE from low to high. The low C is the one on the third fret of the A string of a standard tuned guitar, so you'll need a special string set.
What GHS puts in their 6-string C6 set are: 015, 017, 022, 026, 030w, 036w
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