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Carter Carter-Starter Pedal Steel Guitar  

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        Carter

        An entry-level, 10-string pedal steel guitar!

        The Carter-Starter Pedal Steel Guitar is designed especially for students. it features 3 floor pedals, 4 knee levers, and uses E9th Nashville tuning. Its all-pull changer system, accurate mechanism, low maintenance, and end-plate tuning make it very user-friendly steel to get started on. Special pickup designed exclusively for the Carter-Starter. Maple cabinet.

        Features

        • 3 floor pedals
        • 4 knee levers
        • E9th Nashville tuning
        • All-pull changer system
        • Accurate mechanism
        • End-plate tuning
        • Special pickup designed exclusively for the Carter-Starter
        • Maple cabinet

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        4.5

        (based on 14 reviews)

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        Can you find one for less???

        I got this item a couple of days ago, set it up and started learning. The video was helpful and you can tell the folks at Carter love this instrument with a passion and...Read complete review

        I got this item a couple of days ago, set it up and started learning. The video was helpful and you can tell the folks at Carter love this instrument with a passion and want everyone that wants to learn how to play it, to be able to afford one. No it does not have one fancy thing on it. To make a pedal steel at this price corners must be cut. The question is did Carter cut all the right corners? Absolutely, with one exception. The pedals aren't rounded but you can move between them with relative ease and their good enough to learn with. The tuners aren't the top of the line but they do the job well. The volume pedal is very basic and I'm sure I will soon be buying a better one but it will carry me through the learning stage. The legs are "one size fits all" but I've managed to adjust because I really want to learn ho to play this instrument. The locking mechanism for the pedal bar is rudimentary but it holds very well. The pick up is probably not the best in the world but I've already done some basic recordings with this steel just to see how well it records and it sounds fantastic, beyond my expectations and with a very sweet tone. What it comes down to is Carter has managed to take an instrument that normally sells for almost 3 times as much by cutting all the right corners so us mire mortals can learn and record. Only one cut, in my opinion was a bad one: the pedal tuning rod ends in the changer are plastic, stiff and felt as though they might break easily. These should have been made of metal but a little machine oil loosened them up so now they turn with ease. The important thing is: IT STAYS IN TUNE FOR AS LONG AS YOU USE IT! and when you come right down to it any experienced steel player will tell you that's what counts. You want fancy? Go dish out a couple of grand. If what you want is to learn to play a pedal steel this is your best start.

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        Mistake/ WARNING

        Carter fails to tell you that if you are over 5' tall this machine will not work for you. I'm 6'4" and had to order (no easy task) an extention kit...Read complete review

        Carter fails to tell you that if you are over 5' tall this machine will not work for you. I'm 6'4" and had to order (no easy task) an extention kit just so my legs would fit under it. It's fun to play but WAY, WAY over priced! DO NOT (if you decide to buy one)under any circumstances attempt to watch the DVD that comes with it! It is BY FAR the poorest "production" I have ever seen! The content is okay, but I think they hired a couple of untrained chimps to operate the camera and add "special effects"!

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        5.0

        Low end, but lots of fun

        By Wild Weezil

        from Minneapolis

        This is a starter model, but it sounds great. I use mine for studio only and it's irreplaceable for country music. You don't have to be great to figure out some changes that sound really cool. Warning. It's addicting. Just start. You'll love it.

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        5.0

        Amazing

        By W. Kindler

        from Temple, NH

        Amazing. That's all I can say. This guitar has everything that a beginner or part time pedal player would need and it sounds as good as the more expensive ones. The pickup is great and the tuners, well, let me just say that I've tuned it ONCE in the year or so that I've had it. Literally once. Customer service at Carter is incredible too, should you ever need anything. Completely amazing in every way, you won't be disappointed.

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        3.0

        Mistake/ WARNING

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Carter fails to tell you that if you are over 5' tall this machine will not work for you. I'm 6'4" and had to order (no easy task) an extention kit just so my legs would fit under it. It's fun to play but WAY, WAY over priced! DO NOT (if you decide to buy one)under any circumstances attempt to watch the DVD that comes with it! It is BY FAR the poorest "production" I have ever seen! The content is okay, but I think they hired a couple of untrained chimps to operate the camera and add "special effects"!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Can you find one for less???

        By Ndnickyk-nw9B-

        from San Jose, Costa Rica

        I got this item a couple of days ago, set it up and started learning. The video was helpful and you can tell the folks at Carter love this instrument with a passion and want everyone that wants to learn how to play it, to be able to afford one. No it does not have one fancy thing on it. To make a pedal steel at this price corners must be cut. The question is did Carter cut all the right corners? Absolutely, with one exception. The pedals aren't rounded but you can move between them with relative ease and their good enough to learn with. The tuners aren't the top of the line but they do the job well. The volume pedal is very basic and I'm sure I will soon be buying a better one but it will carry me through the learning stage. The legs are "one size fits all" but I've managed to adjust because I really want to learn ho to play this instrument. The locking mechanism for the pedal bar is rudimentary but it holds very well. The pick up is probably not the best in the world but I've already done some basic recordings with this steel just to see how well it records and it sounds fantastic, beyond my expectations and with a very sweet tone. What it comes down to is Carter has managed to take an instrument that normally sells for almost 3 times as much by cutting all the right corners so us mire mortals can learn and record. Only one cut, in my opinion was a bad one: the pedal tuning rod ends in the changer are plastic, stiff and felt as though they might break easily. These should have been made of metal but a little machine oil loosened them up so now they turn with ease. The important thing is: IT STAYS IN TUNE FOR AS LONG AS YOU USE IT! and when you come right down to it any experienced steel player will tell you that's what counts. You want fancy? Go dish out a couple of grand. If what you want is to learn to play a pedal steel this is your best start.

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        5.0

        better that expected

        By T-bone 'mr.boxin' Keltone

        from republic of south texas

        I've been a musician for more than 40 years but never played pedal steel before. I just bought a Carter Starter and was very pleased. It sounds good, plays good, has 4 knee levers, no student line steel has that. If you're a pro, I'm sure you would want much better, but those cost thousands. I can already play this one a little and will have to get much better before I will need another one, if ever. If your a beginner, this IS the one for you, and me.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        IMPRESSIVE!!!!

        By Kid Kurious

        from Lynchburg, Va.

        For years I have adored the pedal steel guitar sound. My first fascination with it came way back when the James Gang used it on the Thirds album. I've always thought it would sound good in my own music. So, at last, having never even touched one before, I ordered this one and it came today. I was a little afraid that it might be a difficult instrument to learn. (I already abandoned the banjo.) I'm VERY excited about this deal! The thing sounds really nice and the video got me up and playing in no time. I think the video is well done! After watching the tuning tutorial I had a clear understanding of how the guitar works and based on that - figuring out chord progressions was a breeze! I'm thoroughly enjoying it and I highly recommend this product!!! My 5.0 rating is based on the price. For the money it's wonderful! (Compare it to other pedal steels...it's a bargain!) It's so much fun! Buy it!

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        5.0

        Carter Starter

        By steel guy

        from Omaha

        Great starter guitar. It has everything that a beginner needs...3 pedals /4 knee levers, and most importantly, it stays in tune. Highly recommend it for anyone wishing to learn PS. You can't go wrong with it.

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        5.0

        carter pedal steel

        By mike-M8JoD

        from Aptos, CA

        I got my carter pedal steel 6 weeks ago and am having a great time. Came in a box to my door and had it up and running in 20 minutes. This is my first pedal steel, and the price is definitley right compared to more pro models. Be prepared to order some instructional videos and books, cause the dvd they send is good for a few tips and some basic instruction but you'll need more(unless yor lucky enough to have a teacher close by). Anyway it sounds great and I would recommend this guitar to anybody who is a first time pedal steel Buyer/player.

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        4.0

        A nice beginner steel for the money.

        This steel is nice enough to learn on for the money invested. Why pay thousands to see if you are going to like it? I like mine, however, it would have been nice to get the higher legs and hardware when ordering since I am 6' - 2" tall. (costs extra). Other than that, not a bad deal going! Hard case would have been nice. The gig bag is not bad either. Got to justify the cheaper price somehow, and this is not that cheap of a guitar, well built!

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        5.0

        Nice way to get into a steel.

        By Florence Nightingale

        from Madison Georgia

        This guitar needs to come with a hardshell case. A steel is too much to be carried around in a bag. Trust me if you move it around a lot in a gig bag it is going to get banged up a lot. Wish it had more colors not very pretty. Plays very well. Great tone for the price. Excellent guitar for a student to move to a "professional" model.

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