Who would have thought that anyone could improve on – let alone revolutionize – a solid concept like the lapsteel? Only Duesenberg! As is well known, out of the classic lapsteel came the pedalsteel, whereby a player influences the pitch of individual strings through the use of levers and pedals. Country music is practically unthinkable without pedalsteel, while lapsteel – the most widely distributed type of electric guitar in the 40s and ‘50s – still crops up on occasion in certain musical niches.
But that might soon change, because the Duesenberg Pomona 6 combines the best of both lapsteel and pedalsteel in one simple to use instrument with fat sound and – thanks to the Duesenberg Multibender System – lever-adjustable string tension that can produce typical pedal steel sounds!
The freely configurable Multibender is operated with a balled up playing hand. Up to six levers (one per string) are mountable. Furthermore the integrated capo, which runs along a track on the aluminum fretboard, enables freedom of movement between all keys without sacrificing the typical lapsteel riffs and licks that rely on open strings. A roll nut provides tuning stability, while Duesenberg Little Toaster pickups deliver a clear and powerful sound that goes excellently well with distortion pedals or distorting amps. And: Duesenberg Speed pot controls work with a path of just 70˚ (normally it would be 180˚) in order to achieve the lapsteel’s typical swelling “wah” effects.
Duesenberg lapsteel guitars come with Duesenberg DSL 16 strings (016 – 018 – 126 – 036 – 046 – 056), which are also available at all Duesenberg retailers or through our online shop. Standard factory tuning is D-A-D-F#-A-D.
Wood: 1-piece mahogany
Width at nut: 42,5 mm / 1.67"
Size: 94 x 19 x 4,2 cm / 37" x 7.48" x 1.65"
Stringspacing: 54 mm / 2.13"
Fingerboard: black adonized aluminum
Scale length: 650 mm / 25.6"
Finish: PUR lacquer
Tuners: Duesenberg Z-Tuners, "Art Diego" buttons
Bridge: Duesenberg Multibender
Hardware color: nickel
Strings: Duesenberg DSL16 (016-018-026-036-046-056)
Pickup (neck): Duesenberg Liitle Toaster
Pickup (bridge): Duesenberg Little Toaster
Wiring: 1 volume, 1 tone, 3-way pickup selector
Case: Custom Line case (not included)
Tools: all required allen keys (included).