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8 string lap steel string spacing
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Author:  Pegasusguitars [ Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:49 pm ]
Post subject:  8 string lap steel string spacing

A lap steel is not a resonator, but this seems like the best group to ask this question. Some of you may own lap steels. I'm wanting to build an 8 string and am looking for info on string spacing. On my 6 strings I use 11mm spacing between strings at the bridge. If you have one of these creatures, I would appreciate 8 string measurements, outside to outside, at the nut and bridge. Some of these converge at the nut and some are parallel. If you have a players opinion on that, I'd appreciate that too. Thanks, Bob

Author:  Freeman [ Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 8 string lap steel string spacing

Lovely guitar, Bob. I love the flame carried thru to the fretboard. Can't help with the 8 string but when you do get an answer I'll file it away for the possibility that I might make one.

Author:  Woodsville [ Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:56 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 8 string lap steel string spacing

Yes, beautiful work Bob. I just joined the forum and saw this post, so I don't know if you're still looking for the info but I made a pair of lap steels for a Dobro player a year or so ago - a 6-string and an 8-string. If I remember rightly the overall spacing on the 8 was 70mm for both nut and bridge, with the in-between strings laid out using a Stew-mac string spacing ruler. The customer adjusted to this very easily from his usual Dobro (apart from forgetting he had the 2 extra strings...) and 6 string steel (like yours - 11mm). Hope this helps.

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