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Lap Steel help
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Author:  isley887 [ Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:22 am ]
Post subject:  Lap Steel help


I came across an old Rickenbacker lap steel (I was told its a 1957), and i needed a project so i picked it up. I have consulted several books, and i can't pinpoint exactly what model, year, value, it is. I want to restore it, so i need to figure these things out so i can do it correctly. The serial number decoder couldnt help me out, but i figured someone on here could help me out. There is no paint, just a wood finish. It's fairly light, but its also thin so i can't pinpoint the wood type. It appears, from the fading on the finish, that it was installed with one of the old bridge/pickup/control plate covers, all in the same piece. There is an intriguing plate on the bottom that is made of metal, which is where the input jack is attached, inside of a recessed cavity. Any help with identification would be helpful, as would a recommendation of specifically what parts i should be using to restore. It is possible that someone made one similar to rickenbackers, bought a name plate, and tossed it on there, and i got ripped off, but i would like to know. The plate doesnt feel like metal, its more of a hard plastic. I checked rickenbackers parts page, but they dont sell the pickup/bridge/control plate. the just have the pickup/bridge.

I have pictures for reference.

http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... caaceb.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 7b2ce8.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 57c425.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 6e453a.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 1362d0.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 846e7b.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 66c12e.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... ceb761.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 87efc9.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... 19aa8e.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... e0a299.jpg
http://i103.photobucket.com/albums/m125 ... f9b4ef.jpg

Thanks for any help you might have.

Author:  RICandVOX [ Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:59 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lap Steel help

If it's a 1957, it could be Model 100. You can check out this instrument and those from other years as well, by going to the History tab on this website, then Literature Archive, then 1950s and click on the year, in this case 1957.

For restoration info, jingle_jangle and DaleFortune who post frequently in this forum can probably give you more specifics.

Author:  Beatlefreak [ Fri Jul 28, 2006 7:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lap Steel help

It looks to be a model 100. I'll second RICandVOX's suggestion - Paul and Dale are the two you'd want to talk with about restoration questions.

Author:  DaleFortune [ Fri Jul 28, 2006 9:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lap Steel help

Isley Welcome to the RIC forum The Lap Steele Guitars made in that era were solid Maple. Since none of your picture came thru, I suggest edit your post and try again. I have some parts for restoration of that model, chrome pickup/bridge plate(no H.S.)included. Let me know what you may need.

Author:  isley887 [ Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lap Steel help

thanks for the ID. The only thing that confuses me still is that i have looked at model 100s, and none of the ones i have seen have that plate on the bottom or the recessed input jack.

As for the pictures, they dont work as links but if you copy and paste the link itll take you there. or at least it works for me.

As for parts, i need a nut, the pickup/bridge/control plate, pots (those are easy but i dont what schematic they follow), knobs, and other things will probably come up during restoration, you know how these things go. Anyone, do you have any of these parts that would fit? How much would they cost?


Author:  DaleFortune [ Sat Jul 29, 2006 10:00 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Lap Steel help

The wiring is easy: 1 vol. control@200K and 1 tone control@200K using .05MF/200VDC capacitor. the original pots had split shafts part # CM19001. A CTS pot @250K will work the same. I have the tri-angle shaped chrome plate that holds the pick up, it has the Bake-lite bridge attached to it. The black knobs and tuners are still made. I can take a high gain pick up and make polished aluminum bars that mount to the base plate to look like horse shoe covers.. These are only for restorations,they have no function other than looks.

Author:  isley887 [ Sun Jul 30, 2006 1:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Lap Steel help

So you have the bridge/control plate unit, and can modify a pickup to look like a vintage horseshoe pickup? i also need a nut. how much would this cost?

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