Here's some pictures, sound files and comments on my new (to me) Excel keyless 12 string pedal steel guitar. It has 8 floor pedals and 5 knee levers. Imagine having a 12 string tuning that gives
you an extended E9th without losing the highly valued D string and a C6 tuning that includes the D string on top AND the original high G string AND an additional high F string. No compromises on either
tuning and in fact several enhancements all on one neck. Extended tunings, small footprint and light weight.
Some useful links:
Click here to listen to a complete shuffle beat song with the Excel steel guitar!
Click below to hear the steel only tracks from the above song (solo steel parts extracted from the complete song)
I'm Not Crazy Yet - Steel Solo Part 1
I'm Not Crazy Yet - Steel Solo Part 2
I'm Not Crazy Yet - Steel Solo Part 3
Copedant - subject to change!
Changer end view with functional description
The lock lever moves a bar that has adjustable screws to engage the bottom two rows of changer fingers. One row raises and one row lowers. Mine is setup to change from E9 to C6 open tunings but that is user programmable and within reason it would be possible to have the lock raise or lower any string as desired. The changer can be viewed as being a 7 raise and 4 lower unit with one raise and one lower dedicated to the lock lever function. Note that the lock lever changes only RKL, RKR and the open tuning. It is not a complete changeover mechanism. The tuning of the other knee levers and pedal is not user programmable. A few rows of changer raises/lowers are accessed by bell cranks that mount BELOW the cross rod. This is necessary because with 30 pull rods feeding the changer, it get pretty crowded on the top side of the pedal/knee lever cross shafts. In a few cases the lock lever changing moving the changer fingers does affect some of the knee lever/pedal functions. My complete tuning procedure is:
Sound Samples with Telonics TCA-500C amp and FP-100 foot volume using TC Electronics G Major 2 effects
Here's some sound samples mic'd with a Shure SM-57. All samples recorded onto a Zoom R24 then ported to Reaper to convert them to mp3 files at 320 kbps.
|Sound sample 1 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 2 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 3 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 4 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 5 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 6 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 7 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 8 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 9 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 10 (E9th)|
|Sound sample 11 (C6), Steelin' The Blues|
|Sound sample 12 (C6), No One Will Ever Know|
|Sound sample 13 (C6), Night Life|
|Sound sample 14 (C6), B. Bowman Hop|
|Sound sample 15 (C6), King Of The Road|
|Sound sample 16 (C6), Neal Hefti's Cute|
|Sound sample 17 (C6), A Bit Of Chalker|
|Sound sample 18 (C6), My Mother's Eyes|
|Sound sample 19 (C6), Pete Drake Sounds|
|Sound sample 20 (C6), Misc. Riffs|
|Sound sample 21 (C6), I'm Not Crazy Yet Tag Ending|
There are quite a few pictures below. Click on them to see them full size or at least sized to a browser window. Click on the picture again if needed to zoom in even more!
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