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Old 10-27-2017, 05:03 PM
Tony Done Tony Done is offline
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Default A biscuit tin lap steel

CBGs and their relatives are attracting a bit of interest these days, so I decided to have go at making an acoustic version:



It is made entirely of materials I had on hand in the workshop. The fingerboard is just masking tape with scrapbook stickers. The key feature is that the bridge posts go through holes in the plank to rest on the biscuit tin:



I also installed a magnetic pickup that senses movement in the top. It sounds a lot like a piezo, but has the advantage of not needing a preamp:



It isn't very loud, which is fine for what I want, but the tone is surprisingly good. This is an acoustic recording made using the laptop mic:

https://www.soundclick.com/html5/v3/...&q=hi&newref=1
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Old 10-31-2017, 08:14 AM
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Hey Tony,
It is so nice to see the old Ampeg Baby Bass pickup engineering going to good use!

Actually it might predate Ampeg's use of it, but whatever. It's a unique sound.

Acoustically it sounds really nice! I look forward to hearing it plugged in!

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Old 11-01-2017, 09:01 AM
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CBGs and their relatives are attracting a bit of interest these days, so I decided to have go at making an acoustic version:



It is made entirely of materials I had on hand in the workshop. The fingerboard is just masking tape with scrapbook stickers. The key feature is that the bridge posts go through holes in the plank to rest on the biscuit tin:



I also installed a magnetic pickup that senses movement in the top. It sounds a lot like a piezo, but has the advantage of not needing a preamp:



It isn't very loud, which is fine for what I want, but the tone is surprisingly good. This is an acoustic recording made using the laptop mic:

https://www.soundclick.com/html5/v3/...&q=hi&newref=1
NICE WORK!
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Old 11-01-2017, 10:19 AM
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Nice! I've made a few CBGs, the last one I made uses an old 16mm film canister as a resonator cone of sorts, which I really enjoy the sound of. I've always wanted to make a lap slide, this is a great idea. You've inspired me.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:38 PM
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Thanks guys.

Howard, the idea came from the Baggs banjo pickup, I didn't know about the Ampeg Bass. I tried it before on a reso, but it didn't work very well. I'm going to have a bit more practice before I do any more recording on it - that first effort was pretty rough.
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