Lap steel guitar: through body string system.
I decided to use a through-body system for mounting strings to my lap steel guitar. The back part is easy, I bought a set of ferrules to hold the strings in place. Just drill holes and pound them in. The top required some thought though - without some sort of support, the tension of tightened strings would easily cause the strings to cut through the guitar body.
I considered using some salvaged metal from some of my home improvement projects, but with the amount of work I would have had to do to make them work they would have lost all that salvaged charm anyway. I decided to try the same aluminum that I used for the nut and bridge, and as you see here I chiseled out nice nest for it in the body of the guitar.
Its a nice tight fit, so I’m hoping I don’t have to use any glue to keep it in place. That way if I decide that I don’t like the sound or look of the aluminum it will be easy to replace.