As I've mentioned before, it all started early last summer when my guitar-playing son wanted to add steel guitar sound to his retro country band, but he didnt want to go through the time and expense it took to learn to play a conventional pedal steel guitar. What he wanted was a 6-string instrument that would look like a pedal steel on his gigs, but enable him to play all his trusty slide licks without the steep learning curve of a genuine pedal steel; in other words, a simplified non-pedal steel guitar. So, being a longtime working guitarist who played pedal steel as a side instrument myself, and understanding what my son was after, I fabricated the cabinet (body) in our garage and assembled all the parts that made it a guitar at our dining room table; and made him exactly what he wanted. He immediately started playing it on bookings, and before long a good many of his guitar-playing friends began asking about making the same kind of thing for them. When circumstances prohibited a couple of them from paying agreed-on prices for the instruments I made, I listed those guitars for sale online.
The internet response was encouraging enough that I decided to make a few more available for other players who, like my son, would like to add the unique steel guitar sound to their list of abilities without having to settle fora 2x4 with strings or some ferociously priced conventional pedal steel guitar. This S6 (single neck with six strings) is black with gold-tone hardware, fittings and legs. It measures 32 x 7 1/2 x 4, and it is on 27 non-adjustable metallic gold-painted legs.
The gold theme is repeated on the stabilizing bar at the bottom of the front legs. There are no onboard tone or volume controls because it has been my experience from more than forty years of playing steel guitars that its much better to control volume with a pedal (I use the Ernie Ball VP JR passive pedal), and the tone with the controls on a guitar amplifier (preferably a guitar amp that has a good reverb system).
While it sounds just great in either standard guitar tuning or open G, A and E, it sounds best tuned to C6 the classic western swing and traditional country tuning that makes it almost possible for even a relative novice player to hit the right notes and licks. It looks good onstage or sitting among other instruments in a music room, and its a lot of fun to play. The item "Shopbuilt Black Gold Non Pedal Steel Guitar $385" is in sale since Monday, December 20, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Guitars & Basses\Lap & Pedal Steel Guitars". The seller is "dlcslc" and is located in Wichita Falls, Texas.
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