So, for some reason, I decided I needed to build a Cigar Bax Lap Steel. I have never played one, and never wired anything like an electric stringed instrument, so I need a bit of help. I have been playing since August and have made four CBU's (one a complete fail), two of which are resonators and last week I figured out how to make a Piezo pick-up...but this is totally different I figure. As an aside, my dad has played lap and pedal steel since the sixties so I would have some help figuring it out.
My questions are:
First, I want to build it to Baritone Ukulele scale, and make it only four strings. I am just confused about the pick-up. Do the strings have to travel directly over the poles on a pickup to make the sound? That is probably a stupid question, but the information exists know where I can find on the web.
Second, bridges. I could make it out of steel stock or buy one and leave two holes blank, but of course, who knows what string spacing I need or want. Perhaps some of you might.
Last- relation of the PUP to the bridge for such a beast. I suppose it would be short scale compared to most of yours, not sure if it matters.
OK- thanks in advance- back off to the man-cave for tonight.