Decent Mid-level Lapsteel
By: Chris S. from Skagit, WA, USA
Your general opinion of this product.
This is the second Lap Steel I've owned and in many ways it's a solid improvement from my beginner instrument. I'm not ready to drop a grand on a pro-level instrument or take my chances with the electronics on a dodgy vintage instrument so this feels like a good fit.
A couple of finishing details would have made it really nice.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
It's hard to say about a week in but It feels pretty solid, has decent weight to it and stays in tune.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Overall the action of this guitar is pretty good, the high pickups don't allow you to really dig in hard (which is bad for your intonation I guess), feels like more of a finesse kind of player. The controls are simple, high and low boost/cut and a pickup selector.Easy to find the tone you want. Just select the pickup(s) and use the active eq to kind of fine tune the sound. The pots are a wee bit crackly but with a quick spray of cleaner I think they should clean right up.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The neck pickup alone is pretty well balanced sounding, a nice jazzy kind of tone with a pronounced attack. Both on produce a kind of lush and syrupy tone, and the bridge pickup is where the old timey county twang sounds are. There is some noise but all told I wouldn't say it's any more than other single coil pups.
How did the stain or paint job look?
This is where the problems lie for me. Not in the wood or the stain they're both lovely (mine even being a scratch and dent sale) but the knobs, nut and bridge feel a bit flimsy.
Thankfully knobs are an easy fix, I've already ordered replacements. They're miss labeled for volume and tone, to cover it up there were some textured stickers put on the top of them that hang over the edges. It feels weird.
The nut and bridge do their job but may need replacement down the line. The tuners seem nice but the rest of the hardware kind of takes away from the overall vibe a bit.
How has it stood up over time?