Just received my SX lap steel. Let me start off by saying I have quite a collection of guitars including some high end non-pedal steels and laps.
My expectations were not very high for the price I paid, but I bought this from many recommendations on the “Steel Guitar Forum”.
The case alone is worth the price of admission. The guitar- is an above average instrument!
What a little gem!! I initially bought this as a “beater”, but I will be playing gigs with it!
I have one of your SX lap steels and an Agile 3000, great stuff!
Below is a link to a song I did.
Also, if anyone needs any instruction, I created a whole page of 6 string lap tabs with sound files so you can hear
what they should sound like:
Feel free to point any of your customers to my site for free instruction or just to see what a lap steel can do. I’ve get a lot of hits from the telecaster and Stratocaster forums for regular guitar pickers looking to get started on lap steel.
Last year I ordered an AL-3010 gold top and an ash/P90 lap steel, and really love both instruments. I recently finished a
2 DVD set
on C6 lap steel using the SX lap steel for all the audio and video, and just wanted to send you a link to the video. I've been thrilled with the tone of the instrument, and it seems that others dig it too so far! Please feel free to repost the video if you like:
Thanks for making SX guitars available. I dig!
Q: How do you tune it?
A: The lap steel comes from the factory tuned to Open G (D-G-D-G-B-D). However, unlikely most any other lap steel available, this model comes with an ADJUSTABLE BRIDGE, which means a variety of tunings are possible. Blues and Rock players tend to favor Open G and Open A. Open A raises each of the notes a whole-step (2 frets) to E-A-E-A-C#-E. Open D and Open E are also commonly used. Open D is tuned D-A-D-F#-A-D, and open E is a whole-step higher: E-B-E-G#-B-E. Joe Perry of Aerosmith uses Open E on his electric lap steel. David Lindley is another player who uses transposed variations of these tunings. Bluegrass and Country Dobro players tend to favor an altered G tuning, often called "High-G", where the 6th string is tuned up to "G" instead of down to "D", and the 5th string is also tuned up, to B: G-B-D-G-B-D. They also sometimes raise it up to "High-A": A-C#-E-A-C#-E.