Learning to Play
Please send me any suggestions or recommendations that you have. (If someone wants me to review your steel guitar-related product, send me e-mail!)
The International Steel Guitar Convention held each year in St. Louis, Missouri, is hosted by DeWitt "Scotty" Scott. Scotty is the author of a pedal steel tutorial published by Mel Bay and several other solo books. Scotty's Music carries a full line of instruction courses by many of the pros (including a Jerry Byrd course with two cassettes and 333 pages!) and a full line of accessories for the steel guitar.
Scotty's Music, Inc.
Mandolin Brothers is the largest US dealer of Dobro and National guitars, and one of the world's top guitar-oriented stores. They also feature many fine used instruments. You may receive a free catalog just by calling them or writing to them:
Gruhn's Guitars is another one of the top vintage guitar stores in the USA. Besides having a fine and informative web site, they are known for their fine collection of used instruments. Visit the web site for more information and a free catalog.
Bobbe Seymour's Steel Guitar Nashville is the world's largest steel guitar only store. Bobbe and Jeannie Seymour typically have over 55 new and used steel guitars in stock at any time. Also, Steel Guitar Nashville has a great selection of amps, accessories, albums, instructional courses, Pac-a-Seats, parts, etc.
Tom Bradshaw's Pedal Steel Guitar Products has been donated to the support of the Steel Guitar Forum.
Billy Cooper's Music, Inc. specializes in steel guitar stuff. According to John Tipka , "You name it for steel guitar and Billy and Wanda have it."
Billy Cooper's Music Inc.
Resophonic Outfitters is a supply company dedicated to providing resophonic guitar players and builders with parts and accessories. Their in-house luthier, Paul Beard, is discussed in the section on acoustic guitars.
The Olde Town Picking Parlor in Arvada, CO (just outside of Denver) is quickly becoming the Dobro summit headquarters. Owner Kit Simon carries a large inventory of all kinds of acoustic instruments. He has hosted seminars featuring artists such as Cindy Cashdollar (from the band Asleep At The Wheel), and is planning on hosting regular monthly Dobro seminars if he gets enough of a response. Please contact him for more information, or drop by his shop if you're in the Denver area.
Famed steel guitarist Herby Wallace has opened a shop near Knoxville, Tennessee. He features new and used pedal steel guitars, amps, accessories, instruction courses, cassettes and much more. For a free catalog write to:
Carter Steel Guitars manufactures and sells new Carter pedal steel guitars. They also sell used steels and new accessories for pedal steel guitar (seats, volume pedals, amps, cords, strings, bars, pickups, etc.) from their shop in Mesquite, Texas (just east of Dallas). Purchases may be made by coming in to the shop or by mail order. Repairs on nearly all brands of pedal steel and other steel guitars available also.
Al Brisco's Steel Guitars of Canada is Canada's premier steel guitar outlet. Al offers mail order and direct sales and repairs of lap steel guitars, pedal steel guitars, amps, and accessories.
Frenchy's Pedal Steel Guitar Shop in New Mexico has a new web site. His store is one of the oldest pedal steel shops in the country. He carries a wide range of steel guitars and accessories. Check out the web site or contact him at:
"Conveniently located in the middle of nowhere," Ernie's Music carries a wide variety of new and used steel guitars, Dobros, amps, and other musical supplies.
Palm Guitars in the Netherlands has a good selection of acoustic and electric steel guitars, and a nice little Sol Hoopii tune (in RealAudio format) on their site. How can you resist buying your guitar from them?
If you have questions, suggestions for improvements, or additional information, please let me know.