Alligator Lap Steel Slide Guitar

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Project by solardave posted 11-01-2012 02:54 AM 3543 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this little fella about a year ago for a local musician. He can be seen playing it out regularly. Yellow pine with a red oak fretboard. 25” scale length. Brass nut, top loader bridge, humbucking pickup with coil tap switch. Strung with .014 – .052 strings. You can get some swampy mojo out of this one.

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#1 posted 11-01-2012 04:19 AM

wow, this is amazing!

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#2 posted 11-01-2012 05:12 AM

Fun project I supposed….!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 05:59 AM

Great work, cool project

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 11-01-2012 06:06 AM

Welcome to LJ’s

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-01-2012 07:38 AM

Quite unusuall, but very nice and effective.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 01:40 PM

Your project is so unique.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 11-01-2012 09:09 PM

A product of limitless imagination! Excellent.

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 11:45 PM

Oh man, that is sweet! Do the “spine spikes” affect the playability at all?

-- Ryan - Bethel Park, PA

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#9 posted 11-02-2012 01:05 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments. The “spikes” have actually been shaped so that the player can ride the ridge with his finger, and feel when his bar hits the right spots. This was not planned, but thought of by the player, after he had played it for a couple of months. I also adapted it to a keyboard stand so he could play it standing. The fretboard actually sits a bit higher than the spikes towards the tail, where it’s narrower.

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