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Harley Benton Slider II Vintage Series

6-String Lap Steel Guitar

334

Vintage series, Composite fretboard, Volume knob and tone knob, Includes tonebar and gigbag

Harley Benton Slider II Lap Steel w/Stand

6-String Lap Steel Guitar with Stand

131

Vintage series, Composite fretboard, Volume knob and tone knob, Stand height adjustable from 55 - 95 cm, Includes tonebar, gigbag and stand with...

Epiphone Electar Century 1939 Lap Steel

Lap Steel Guitar

8

Mahogany body, Mahogany neck, Square neck shape, Plexiglas fretboard, 28 Frets, Master volume control, Master tone control, Nickel hardware,...

Duesenberg Fairytale Lapsteel Goldburst

Lap Steel Guitar

11

Roller nut made of brass, "Easy-Shift" capo, Duesenberg Multibender, 3-Way toggle switch, Master volume knob, master tone knob, Custom Line case...

Gretsch G5700 Lap Steel

Lap Steel Guitar

42

Electromatic Series

Gretsch Electromatic G5715

Lap Steel Guitar

8

6-String, Plastic fretboard

Recording King RG-31-NA Lap Steel

Lap Steel

27

Solid mahogany body, Pearloid fretboard, EMG designed P-90 pickup system, Volume & tone control, Vintage-style machine heads, String-thru body,...

Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel

0

Vintage series, Composite fretboard, Volume knob and tone knob, Includes tonebar and gigbag

Recording King RG-32-SN Lap Steel

Lap Steel Guitar

34

Solid mahogany body, Pearloid fretboard, Volume & tone controls, Vintage style machine heads, String-thru body, Pearloid fret markers

Gold Tone LS-6

Lap Steel Guitar

1

Dot fingerboard inlays, Body binding, Kluson-style machine heads, Chrome hardware, Incl. gig bag

Gold Tone LM

Slide Guitar

2

Weissenborn-style, Traditional inlays, Body binding, Kluson-style machine heads, Tuning:D-A-D-F#-A-D and D-G-D-G-Bb-D, Chrome hardware, Incl. case

Gold Tone LM-Weissenborn

0

Vintage series, Composite fretboard, Volume knob and tone knob, Includes tonebar and gigbag

Duesenberg Pomona 6 Lap Steel

Lap Steel Guitar

10

Roller nut, Aluminium fretboard, Integrated capo, Duesenberg multibender, Includes an original Duesenberg Pamona custom case

Gold Tone LS-8 Lap Steel 2-TSB

Lap Steel Guitar

1

Dot fretboard inlays, 22 Frets, 2-Fold adjustable tension rod, Bone nut, Kluson style machine heads, Chrome hardware, Includes gigbag

Steel Guitar - An Hawaiian Innovation

A steel guitar is a musical instrument that is played by sliding a steel bar over a guitar's strings.

The credit for developing this unusual method of playing a guitar goes to a Hawaiian schoolboy named Joseph Kekuku.

The steel guitar's history is simple. Kekuku was walking down a railroad track in 1890s when he picked up a bolt to strum his Portuguese guitar, which was one of the earlier forms of acoustic guitars.

Play Steel Guitar With A Knife?

Kekuku liked the sound so much that he first tried to play his guitar with a knife, and then used a machine shop to develop a steel bar that could be used play the modified guitar. In the modified guitar, steel strings replaced the catgut strings; also the strings were raised over the fret board.

The guitar very quickly caught on in Hawaii and came to be known as the Hawaiian guitar. Kekuku took it to the US and Europe, and held several concerts to popularize it. During the 1930s, the acoustic body was converted into a solid body with pick-ups, and the US got its first electric steel guitar.

Since the guitarists played them on their laps they came to be known as Lap Steel Guitars. The strings of these guitars, like the Hawaiian guitars, were raised above the fret boards.

The innovations did not end here. In the 1950s guitarists developed a new form that are known as Pedal Steels. Foot pedals and levers to modify the string tunings during play but, these guitars are not easy to play, and their popularity with guitarists is limited.

In fact, barring the Hawaiian guitars most other forms of steels have only had moderate success. That is why Hawaiian guitars today have become the steel of choice.