Steel Guitar West’s Monthly Newsletter

Many years ago I had the honor of serving as the editor of The Pedal Press, the official publication of a small steel guitar club called Steel Guitar West. We published an 8 page newsletter monthly for about 4 years, from 1978 through 1982, and then the club fell apart from a lack of organizational energy.

Some of the material we published was timely, but much of it is solid steel guitar information that’s as valid today as it was 15 years ago. I toyed with the idea of turning the relevant articles into HTML to republish them, but eventually decided that the best course would be to scan complete issues and post them to the web. This way everyone can browse through them as I do from time to time, enjoying the sense of history and friendship as well as all the technical stuff.

Each page is a GIF image file wrapped in HTML with links to the other pages from that issue and a link back to this index. Clicking on the scanned image takes you directly to the next page of the newsletter. The single page GIF images range from 25k to 50k in size – not huge, but they do take a bit of time to grab with a modem connection. I think you’ll find most of them worth the wait.

-Bobby Lee, Autumn 1996

April 1978
Page 1 – Club News by John Sala
Page 2 – Editor’s Blurb
Page 3 – Ray Bob Bowman’s B6th tuning
Page 4 – Picking exercise by Ned Selfe
Page 5 – Picking exercise continues
Page 6 – Music Notation Reference Charts
Page 7 – continued from Page 1
Page 8 – Who’s Where, Classifieds
May 1978
Page 1 – Hawaiian Guitar Jam Session
Page 2 – Club News
Page 3 – Winnie Winston’s E9th S-12
Page 4 – E9th Musical Notation Charts
Page 5 – continued from page 4
Page 6 – letters, call for articles
Page 7 – cont. from Page 1, Classifieds
Page 8 – Who’s Where, Steelers at Large
June 1978
Page 1 – Coming Event: Rich Sinkler
Page 2 – From The Prez – John McClung
Page 3 – Bob Lee’s Pentatonic Tuning
Page 4 – Cross Picking by Ned Selfe
Page 5 – p4 continues, club news
Page 6 – Emmons all-pull reviewed
Page 7 – p1 continues, Who’s Where
Page 8 – Classifieds
July 1978
Page 1 – Club News, president resigns
Page 2 – From The Prez – Ned Selfe
Page 3 – Meet Me in St. Louis
Page 4 – Knee lever survey results
Page 5 – The SGW E9 Copedent
Page 6 – Review of Rich Sinkler concert
Page 7 – p1 continues, Who’s Where
Page 8 – Steelers at Large, Classifieds
August 1978
Page 1 – Bobby Black meeting announced
Page 2 – Hawaiian Guitar Jam announced
Page 3 – Who’s Where
Page 4 – Lulu’s Blues by Bob Lee
Page 5 – … for C6th lap steel
Page 6 – Letter from Maurice Anderson
Page 7 – Planning for the convention
Page 8 – Classifieds
September 1978
Page 1 – Ned Selfe on electronics
Page 2 – p1 continues
Page 3 – Elsie Jaggers meeting planned
Page 4 – Bobby Black’s C6th tuning
Page 5 – John Sala reviews Bobby Black
Page 6 – Hawaiian Guitar Magic
Page 7 – Who’s Where, Classifieds
Page 8 – A cool Steel Guitar West logo
October 1978
Page 1 – 1978 Convention coverage
Page 2 – continues
Page 3 – October meeting announcement
Page 4 – Steel Guitar West charter
Page 5 – continues
Page 6 – continues
Page 7 – Who’s Where, Classifieds
Page 8 – Display Ads
November 1978
Page 1 – Pacific Steel Co. reviewed
Page 2 – Editorial
Page 3 – Andy DePaule’s tunings
Page 4 – Emmons E9th Instructional
Page 5 – continues
Page 6 – p3 continues
Page 7 – Classifieds, Who’s Where
Page 8 – p1 continues
December 1978
Page 1 – Bobby Lee & the Castle-Lites
Page 2 – Happy Birthday SGW
Page 3 – Bobby Black review
Page 4 – The Universal Tuning
Page 5 – … by Greg Lasser
Page 6 – p3 continues
Page 7 – Classifieds, Who’s Where
Page 8 – Display Ads
January 1979
Page 1 – Jeff Newman announcement
Page 2 – p1 continues
Page 3 – Neil Livingston review
Page 4 – … by Ned Selfe
Page 5 – Display Ads
Page 6 – Dorian DePaule’s drawing
– (this issue was only 6 pages long)
February 1979
Page 1 – Plea for help
Page 2 – Meeting Notes
Page 3 – Essay by Bob Lee
Page 4 – Joe Goldmark’s records
Page 5 – … reviewed by
Page 6 – … Ned Selfe
Page 7 – Display Ads
Page 8 – Classifieds

Copyright ©1996 by Bobby Lee

 

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