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Username: dibolosi

Post Number: 24
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

I have a home recording studio. To accompany this studio I have a variety of musical instruments so that I can achieve a variety of sounds.

A banjo?
A harmonium?
Vaccuum tube electronic organs?
Alembic basses?
But of course

and so on and so on. The fact is I have almost everything. Then it hits me ... there isn't a lap steel guitar in the sound producing collection. So I start researching lap steels online. Then I begin to wonder if Alembic ever made a lap steel guitar.

Would they make a lap steel guitar?

Inquiring minds want to know
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 346
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 2:01 pm:   Edit Post

Lay one of your alembics on your lap,then grab a size "d" battery or a empty beer bottle then Bang-zoom! you have the first alembic lap top!
Username: dibolosi

Post Number: 25
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 - 3:43 pm:   Edit Post

Actually I've done that. It lacks that hawaiian sound.

Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 616
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 7:31 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, I do the beer bottle thing with the bass quite a bit and it's fun. I think part of the tone of a lap steel is the short scale length. A lap steel Alembic? That would be neato.

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Username: pace

Post Number: 199
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

A club member "photoshopped" an Alembic lap steel about a year ago..... I think it was based on Tom Z's cocobolo Skylark....

I have a D-12 MSA pedal steel which has already been refinished. The cabinet and necks are made out of Finnish "dieboard" (maple plywood) and the mica has been replaced.... If & when Susan feels it's feasible I would like to send it out to Santa Rosa for a new cabinet, necks & pups~ I think it would be a cool shop night project. I talked to her about it once, but they are so busy right now, I doubt it's something they have time for....
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 884
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, January 12, 2006 - 1:48 pm:   Edit Post

Neer bottles and batteries are not the only things that work as slides. Many years ago I saw Martin Mull (& his fabulous furniture) at the Troubador in L.A. (For those unaware, Mull had a music/comedy career prior to his acting). At one point Mull pulled out a "woman's personal vibrator", (yea, one of those), and used it as a slide. He then turned it on and went into "Purple Haze", looked up at the audience, and in a deadpan said "so that's how Jimi did it"! LOL

Bill, tgo

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