GFI SM10 Pedal Steel-RED
The STUDENT MODEL is our entry level instrument that is capable of performing at a professional level
This is our demo model…it has a chip Mica finish on the pedal bar
- Durable Black Hammertone Epoxy Coating
- Die Board Bodies with Gloss Laminate Finish
- 24” Scale
- Aluminum Changer Fingers
- Two Piece Key Heads
- Ping Keys
- GFI-II Pickup
- 7 Position Bell Cranks
- Stainless Steel Screws, Pull Rods, and Pedal Rods
- 3/16” Hex Tuning Wrench, 5/64” Allen Wrench
- Hardshell Carpet Covered Case
- 3 pedals, 4 Knee Levers, Emmons E9 setup
Student Model or Pro Model?
The answer to this question will mostly depend on how serious you think you will be about learning pedal steel and the budget you have to work with. If you are new to playing a musical instrument, are moderately interested in seeing first hand what pedal steel is about, will likely be playing for your own enjoyment at home or have a limited budget, an entry-level instrument like the GFI Student Model might be a good choice for you.
Entry-level steels are generally limited in the types of tunings and setups they will do and how those may be changed, if at all. There will also likely be some other aspects of design or component choices that help keep the cost down, and they are often lighter in weight than comparable professional models. However, entry-level pedal steels can provide excellent musical value for the money, and this is especially true of the GFI Student Model. It has the same basic tone environment as our Pro models, uses the same pickup, and most of the mechanical linkage parts are the same. The main difference between the GFI Student and Pro models is the changer design. The Pro Models utilize a triple finger, “all pull” changer mechanism and the Student Model utilizes a single finger, “pull release” changer. The tuning procedures between the two changer designs are also somewhat different. With the single finger Student Model changer, lowers can only be accomplished on right moving knee levers, which limits its capabilities to the standard E9 tuning with the “Emmons” setup.