The E9th is the most common of all pedal steel copedents. It is the sound that the general public associates with the instrument. It is used in all kinds of music, but it excels in country. E9th is the stock configuration of all single neck 10 string (S-10) pedal steels, and it is the front neck of double neck (D-10) instruments.
The E9th evolved during the late 1950s and 60s. By the mid 70s, major builders like Sho-Bud, Emmons, MSA and Sierra had settled on a standard set of 3 pedals and 4 knee levers.
The basic string tuning doesn’t vary much, but most people have personal preferences when it comes to extra pedals and knee levers. The “G” lever has evolved in several directions, to the point where the original changes can no longer be considered standard.
Some players use the E9th on a 12 string (S-12 or D-12) to extend its range into the low notes of the standard lead guitar. The 12-string E9th copedent, with low G# and E strings, is called “Extended E9th”.
Our archives demonstrate how players, some famous, some not, each have their own personal approach to the E9th copedent: