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urby

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Washington State

Aug 7th, 2010 11:54 AM        

Recently I saw Cindy Cashdollar on the TV (ACL) wailing away backing Van Morison on steel guitar and have become smitten with this instrument.<br /> <br /> What's the scoop on the Stringmaster 8's? Anyone here have experience with them? I hear parts are hard to come by, especially replacement tuners which is kind of critical. They also come in different scale lengths. Which is the better?<br /> <br /> I think this instrument is due to a resurgence, it totally swings! Maybe Fender will start making them again? I think they still make a Champ lap steel. I want a three or maybe even a four neck! 8 string is a must (as apposed to 6).



Fast Lane Pablo



USA

Aug 9th, 2010 03:43 PM        

There's a guy in Southern California who makes dead on copies with modern hardware. Go to the Steel Guitar Forum and check the archives. Lots of good info.



zeprin

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Day After Day,

Alone On A Hill...
Aug 9th, 2010 04:09 PM        

There are a lot of people who consider the 'Stringmaster' family of P'ups to be Leo's masterpiece. <br /> And Leo was one of them.<br /> <br /> z



Tele295

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Djangofestive
Aug 9th, 2010 04:50 PM        

I have a Stringmaster Double 8. Fun steel, but the neck selector is a push-button (like the old push-button light switches) that does seem to wear out faster than any other.<br /> <br /> BTW & FYI - Leg clutches worn out? Stringmaster legs are identical to and interchangeable with those found on Rhodes piano. I think somebody makes repro legs for the Rhodes, which should work on this steel too



urby

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Washington State

Aug 9th, 2010 06:59 PM        

I thought I'd get skunked bringing up this subject. Glad to hear there are others around interested in steel and pedal steel. <br /> <br /> I have begun my search for a Stringmaster and am finding they are apparently as rare as hen's teeth. They're out there, but not like Stats are out there. If I can't find something decent I'll contact the guy on the Steel Forum. I've been eavesdropping there recently. I'm in no hurry.<br /> <br /> Yes! Those pups sound great! <br /> <br /> Oh- and info those legs being interchangeable will probably be worth knowing!



George

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Colorado

Aug 12th, 2010 04:13 PM        

For what it's worth, this Fender triple neck steel just showed up on the Denver craigslist today. I'm not the seller nor do I know him - just passing along as a public service announcement.



urby

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Washington State

Aug 24th, 2010 09:59 PM        

Does anyone here know anything about the difference between the "string through" vs. "string over" pups and perhaps your preference on these old Stringmasters?



tom2caster

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USA/Pennsylvania

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Aug 28th, 2010 08:55 PM        

I may be wrong, but I think the string through pups were early, I've seen them on K & F and early Fender single neck models.<br /> <br /> I have a '56 6 string single neck champ and it has string over pups.



urby

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Washington State

Aug 28th, 2010 10:28 PM        

Thanks Tom2. I think you're right about the string through pups being on the early models. I'm wondering if there is a difference between the two in sound. If so, what is the dif?



Tele295



Tiki Hut

Oct 6th, 2016 12:01 PM        

The biggest difference between the string-thru pickups and the later 2xsingle coils is that the later setup with 2 pickups per neck is humcancelling, RWRP pickups. The string-thru just has a single single-coil pickup and is therefore more susceptible to hum.<br /> <br /> Mmmmmm, zombie brains!



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