GeorgeBoards made it's first Lap Steel Guitar in 1994. This Lap Steel Guitar was a basic copy of a Magnatone WaterFall Lap Steel Guitar Design.
Soon after GeorgeBoards began to design their own Lap Steel Guitar body. Having played Pedal Steel for a few decades prior to the GeorgeBoard adventure we are friends with many pedal steel makers and as a general rule all pedal steel people are very friendly to one another.
Ron Lashley at the time, was the main force behind the Emmons LeGrande Pedal Steel Guitar, among the finest pedal steel guitars ever designed. His generosity welcomed the giving of his 22.5" scale directly from his computer program he had developed to GeorgeBoards Lap Steel Guitars.
We began experimenting on a Fret Board. The Magnatone Lap Steel Guitar had used a Plexiglas fret board design and we were already going after that 1950's look and sound so we tried the plexi idea. The Very first GeorgeBoard Lap Steel Guitar has a Plexiglas fret board with black pin stripe lines from an auto parts store used for the fret lines , literally stuck on the bottom of the plexi on a visual from the Magnatone Lap Steel Guitar as the pattern to go from, amazingly it worked!!
We have had a machinist create a 8 String Nut and Bridge System made entirely of Brass which we now have nickel plated.
GeorgeBoards joined forces with Lindy Fralin Pickups of Richmond Virginia to Re Create the Ultimate 50's Sounding 8 String Lap Steel Guitar Pickup. Lindy Fralin Pickups send us the Alnico Magnets uncharged we make the plexi top and bottom plates and glue the magnets into the plexi which we refer to as a "Bobbin. I was getting the plexi cut at the plastics place all rectangle and the hole drilled on mills. We used calipers to get the distances.
The Bobbins are then returned to Lindy Fralin Pickups and they perform their Magic while winding the Secret Formula of wire gauge thickness, winding length core density and gauss. By creating the perfect magnet placement for the associated Brass Roller Nut and Bridge System GeorgeBoards has achieved a unique sonic quality that exceeds the clarity and tone of the commonly used commercial mass produced pedal steel guitar pickups.
Next the pickups are dipped in hot wax to defeat the microphonics. The finished pickups are then shipped to GeorgeBoards for installation on the Super Sonic 8 String GeorgeBoard Lap Steel Guitar.
June 2006 George Mr.Boards Retired and relocated from Sandy Eggo California to an Original Land Run Homestead in the Hills of NE Oklahoma. All of the Remaining GeorgeBoards lap steel guitar consoles and lap steel guitar Hula Bodies relocated too in various states of completion.
September 2008 Mr.Boards is finishing out the last of the GeorgeBoards lap steel guitar consoles and Hula Boys lap steel guitars. We have many Hula Bodies at DISCOUNTED PRICING and several Private Reserve Stock lap steel guitars made at Museum Quality for sale. We have several Private Reserve Stock lap steel guitar consoles made at Museum Quality for sale.
GeorgeBoards is currently in production of a new console style guitar. We still have several black hula style models for sale and some acoustic laps, some of which have pickups, and some without. All the acoustic laps have hard-shell cases.
GeorgeBoards' foward focus is on our Instructional DVDs and Lap Steel Guitar Lessons for begining lap steel guitar players. We currently have 17 titles for sale both on this web site and through our network of professional sales sites including -- TrueFire.com -- Createspace.com -- Amazon.com -- pjsdvds.com -- SteelGuitarForum.com
Our Educational web presence is SteelGuitarCamp with links to numerous free YouTube lessons.