Holy moly, Tommy Duncan had swagger.
I just started reading Deke Dickerson’s blog recently. It’s a great read for vintage-minded steel players (among other people). Particularly, I was interested to find an entry about the first boo-wah pedal (moreover the first guitar effects pedal in general.) So, check out this entry and his whole blog.
From the July 1955 Country Song Roundup, here’s a short profile of pedal steel guitar forefather Bud Isaacs.
Thanks to Roger Hurst for the source material.
Before buying my Stringmaster I was able barrow a couple other Fender Triple-8s. So before I have to return the loaners I decided to line them up and compare tone and sustain. Each was unique depending on condition and restoration factors. I used an Alamo amp with a 15-inch speaker.
Within hours someone responded to my Craigslist ad for a wanted Bigsby volume/tone pedal. We agreed on an “as-is” condition price and I bought it. So, now I have it.
My goal is to achieve the same boo-wah sound the original lap-steel players did with an original and authentic Bigsby pedal. I do have a Fender reissue volume/wah but it’s a little too stiff and I have to keep adding oil or loosening the pivot nut to make it more usable. Bigsby pedals were never reissued (although their steel guitars are apparently) so finding one may require a search.
Currently I’m having a heck of a time finding the 100k audio taper with 1-inch shaft potentiometer needed for the tone control. Here’s the one I bought from Mouser Electronics and it’s too small for the pot shaft coupling on the current pot (that needs replacing.) And I haven’t yet found anything at Antique Electronic Supply.