Friday, January 04, 2013

Lap Steel Prototype hubby built

My husband is a very talented man, he can build or repair almost anything.  After he retired from trucking, he built a train track and he and the grandsons played with trains for a few years.  They've all kind of outgrown that, and we've moved to go carts and other things.

About 4 years ago, he became interested in guitars and music.  He had an acoustic guitar, but ordered a couple of electrics, and has learned to play a bit.  Then he bought a keyboard, a drum set, and some other stuff, that I can't even remember.  About a year ago, he purchased a 'pretty' guitar, it is spaulted maple, and I think it looks real nice sitting in it's corner.
A couple of months ago, he got interested in a Lap Steel guitar, and started pricing them, but before long he ordered some parts, and started work on a homemade prototype.  You can find a video on how to do anything on Utube, so it seems.  Well here is the result.

The silve and the Spaulted Maple Guitars
in background, if you click on this photo 
you should be able to see a larger picture, with the
patterns on the maple.

A close look will show some of my fingerprints, as I helped string it, and mark the fret locations.  The wood isn't even finished, just natural, and a couple of the chrome things are not on it.  It plays, sounds good, and now he is digging in the lumber stack for a thicker board, of cherry, to make a 'real one'.   I know of 2 he can build, as now Stephen wants to learn and, Dustin, Stephen's cousin, who plays in a band is also interested...


Ellie VanCaster said...

Wow Jettie he sure is talented and what beautiful pieces!

Tete said...

I love it! I suppose you all rock out to led zepplin there in the hills!
Wish I lived closer, would love to learn to play something, anything!
So, those grandkids are going to put together a band you know. You have all the instruments for them to get started on.

NanaDiana said...

Wow-THAT is quite an accomplishment. Mama's Boy would love to hang out with him and talk guitars. What a great hobby and I bet Stephen will love learning to play it- xo Diana