Roach Lap Steel Slide Guitar

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Project by solardave posted 11-01-2012 12:51 AM 6187 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a salvaged neck off a Yamaha acoustic guitar laying around and decided to put it to use in this lap steel. The body, wings and legs are yellow pine. It’s a 25 inch scale length. Humbucking pickup with a single volume control. Brass nut with top loading bridge. Finished in a delightful roachburst with gold hardware. This roach screams. Strung with a set of .016 – .052 strings.

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#1 posted 11-01-2012 01:02 AM

This is some fine work! Good Job.

What kind of dog (terrier?) is that in the last photo?

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#2 posted 11-01-2012 01:53 AM

Thanks Mike. The pup is Jane my 10 year old pit mix shop helper.

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 01:58 AM

Dave, you may be on to something there, I like it !

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#4 posted 11-01-2012 02:22 AM

I’m with cabmaker, you may be on to something. What does Jane think?

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 11-01-2012 02:29 AM

Dave, you are insane in all the right ways. That guitar is incredible!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 02:31 AM

Cool ! Your dog doesn’t even look phased by this big bug. Ours would have run away . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#7 posted 11-01-2012 05:11 AM

Coooooooooool project indeed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 06:04 AM

Hate, hate, hate, bugs! I like the alligator better.

Cool work though.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 07:40 AM

Awsome guitar.You are very talented instrument maker and woodworker.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 08:45 AM

That is Awesome

I bet Jane aint going to chase that one. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 11:41 AM

That is one beautiful steel guitar!! Nice work!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 11-01-2012 12:16 PM

Thank you for all the nice comments. You guys are great! I know it will disgust some, being a “roach”, my wife hates it too. Think of it as a happy cartoon bug, not a creepy sewer dwelling infectious parasite. After all, it’s only a lapsteel. I have a strange desire to create the unusual. That’s the only repulsive one that I have made. But I do have a few more that will make people smile.

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#13 posted 11-01-2012 06:26 PM

Too Cool! I can’t help but wonder if the legs get in the way when playing. Very creative – I bet it draws attention wherever it goes.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 11-01-2012 07:06 PM

Freaky but fantastic!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 11-01-2012 07:13 PM

Crazy awesome!

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