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The Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar pulls unmistakable rich tone from a classic electric Hawaiian guitar. Measuring 33-1/2" x 7-1/2" x 1-3/4", this beautiful lap steel features a chrome ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar pulls unmistakable rich tone from a classic electric Hawaiian guitar. Measuring 33-1/2" x 7-1/2" x 1-3/4", this beautiful lap steel features a chrome single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls. Decorative details on the Electromatic Lap Steel like chrome hardware, unique position markers, and a stunning art deco control plate provide sumptuous vintage visual vibe.

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Features
  • Chrome single coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Gretsch® Instrument Limited Lifetime Warranty FMIC warrants your Gretsch brand instrument to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for as long as it is owned by the original retail purchaser, except that pickups, switches, jacks, controls, all other electronic components, tuning machines, hardware, pickguards, plated surfaces, gig bags, cases and case hardware are warranted for a period of one (1) year from the date of original purchase. This warranty applies only to the original retail purchaser when this instrument is purchased from an Authorized Gretsch Dealer and is subject to the limitations set forth herein. IMPORTANT: PLEASE RETAIN YOUR ORIGINAL SALES RECEIPT, AS IT IS YOUR PROOF OF PURCHASE VALIDATING THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. FMIC has established a network of independent Authorized Service Centers for warranty service. The Gretsch Dealer from whom you purchased your instrument may also be authorized for warranty service and should be the first point of contact when service of any kind is required for your Gretsch instrument. To receive warranty service, return the complete instrument to an Authorized Service Center, with your sales receipt as proof of purchase, during the applicable warranty period. Defective components that qualify for coverage under this warranty will be repaired or replaced (at FMIC's discretion) without charge. Remedies beyond normal service repair of any Gretsch instrument require both an evaluation and confirmation of the defect and a direct recommendation to FMIC from an Authorized Service Center for alternative considerations. All transportation, insurance and freight charges associated with warranty service and repairs on Gretsch instruments are the responsibility of the purchaser, as is any service initiated for the purpose of customizing setups or adjustments beyond factory specifications. Initial standard setup and adjustment of the instrument and its components at the time of purchase are considered normal Dealer product preparation, and are not covered by this warranty. See complete details at http://www.gretschguitars.com/resources/warranty.html


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Gretsch GuitarsElectromatic Lap Steel Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I've used this lap steel ...

I've used this lap steel guitar on a couple of occasions. To start out with, this thing is visually stunning. As you can see by the pictures, Gretsch didn't skimp out of the...Read complete review

I've used this lap steel guitar on a couple of occasions. To start out with, this thing is visually stunning. As you can see by the pictures, Gretsch didn't skimp out of the looks even though it's one of the cheaper instruments they sell. Don't let that fool you though, this is reliable and it's tone sounds great. The single coil pickup sounds very good. Overall, I'd reccomend this for somebody would wanted to learn to play lap steel and even to someone who was more advanced.

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Looks great but cheaply made

This Lap Steel guitar looks great, sounds great but is very cheaply made. The fretboard is painted on scratches off very easily, also the electrical components are of poor quality. Because I brought...Read complete review

This Lap Steel guitar looks great, sounds great but is very cheaply made. The fretboard is painted on scratches off very easily, also the electrical components are of poor quality. Because I brought this for its cool look I am getting a new fretboard specially made for it by a professional restorer, which is something you are going to have to do if you want any fret markings left.

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3.0

Room for improvement

By McMac

from Skagit,

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Grounding isssues
  • mediocre hardware

Best Uses

    Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

    Generally I like the sound of this lap steel, I play C6th classic country kind of sounds on it and it sounds pretty decent. After playing a few other lap steels I wish the action on this was a bit higher, I find my thumbpick bottoming out on the body and my bar too colse for comfort.
    The bidge/strings aren't well grounded so if you lift your bar or hand you'll hear an audible pop when you touch them again. I was able to run a wire from the pot ground under the palmrest easily without it being visible so I'm not sure why this wasn't done stock. Speaking of, the pots are kind of stiff and the knobs are a bit too heavy for the flimsy acrylic material. Not great for speedy 'boo-wah's or hand volume swells. I will likely change them out for 500k s to see if that'll brighten the tone a bit anyway.
    All and all it's still a usable and decent sounding instrument but with some healthy room for improvement.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a nice guitar!

    By Paul

    from Nashville

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Good Tone
    • Strong

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

      At 70 years old I decided to try my hand at the lap steel. I have always loved the sound so I thought I'd give it a try. What a nice instrument to start on. I would think whether you are a beginner or a pro you would appreciate the look, quality and sound of this guitar. I think it's great.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Well worth the money

      By Lap steel rookie

      from Denver CO

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Value

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • My first lap steel

        Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

        I am pleased with the quality. Looks great in black sparkle finish. I removed the bridge cover to make palm muting easier.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic instrument with beautiful sound

        By Hawaiian Music Fan

        from Phoenix, AZ

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          This was a gift for my husband who is an avid Hawaiian music fan. It is a beautiful instrument with a gorgeous sound. He's taking lessons and advancing quickly, and loves playing it. I'm so glad I upgraded to a real instrument rather than wasting time on a low quality instrument.

          (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Gretsch Electromatic lap steel guitar

          By RDB

          from Kailua, Hi

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional tone control
          • Functional volume
          • Good looks
          • Good Tone
          • Stable tuners

          Cons

          • Plastic glue on fretboard

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          I have been playing guitar for 35 years, and ukulele for about 8 years, and thought it was time for me to pick up one more instrument that I could be not-quite-proficient at.
          The lap steel intrigued me because of the size and obvious strength of an instrument that is constructed mainly out of a slab of wood. This would be my first electric instrument.
          I ordered it along with a Fender Mustang amp and this thing is a hoot to play.
          Open tuning so even if you have no idea what a stringed instrument does you can get some sounds out of it right away.
          Tone is solid, volume and tone control are not scratchy at all and have even progression throughout their travel.
          With the Mustang amp plugged in it can pull off fiery blues, or soft ballads and back up corny country if your little heart desires.
          I ordered a headphone amp and with that plugged in this thing is completely portable. I feel much better about hauling it to the park, etc...and having it sit in my car than any acoustic toy. Slab of wood, remember?
          All-in-all a fun and practical instrument at a good price. the only gripe is that the plastic fretboard was not glued down at about the 5th fret area. A dab of glue and all was good. I know that the plastic board is not super cool, but you never touch the darned thing (it is reference for fret location only) so it is somewhat of a non-issue in my world.

          (33 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lap Steel reveiw

          By Gary Salin

          from Buhl, Mn

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          The Gretsch lap steel is a big winner in my mind. I am amazed at the great tone, quality construction(allthough not made in the USA) And ease of playing, people complaining of problems with intonation should pay attention to where they are placing the steel. As a new steel player I concidered a acoustic lap steel(Dobro), But I am very happy with my decision, as the Lap Steel has many advantages, Like the ability to practice with headphones and get different tones, I have owned many guitars in my life, and this Gretsch lap steel is as good or better than any I've owned (Gibson,Fender)

          (26 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          ARE YOU A LAP STEEL PLAYER?

          By geetarman

          from Arizona

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          I've been reading some of the comments about this lap steel. Since I own two Gretsch's & plan to buy another I feel qualified to make a few comments for those who have issues. The scale of a lap steel is half a regular guitar or resonator. It takes a lot of practice to get the muscle memory to hit the frets at the right spot, I think this a an issue many believe is an intonation problem (the fret marker problem I just don't get... they are permanently marked & mine seem to go completely through the fretboard). Another thought is tuning choice, the Gretsch comes with standard open G "slack tuning" (GBDGBD). Changing to a slack tuned open G "topo patch" (DGDGBD) can be done without changing strings. Most other tuning possibilities (over 4000) require consulting manufacturers string charts (diameter & tension) to accomplish. I would recommend anyone thinking about a lap steel to buy a Golden Gate Resonator Guitar Extension Nut for about ten bucks, put it on their guitar & see how familiar it feels. If you can't hit your notes & compensate for intonation stick with your guitar or a resonator but don't try a lap steel,(BTW you can spring for a few thou. for a nice Asher that's scaled very much like your guitar). If I didn't make my point, in my opinion the Gretsch is like butter to play, holds up very well to regular gigging & is priced exceptionally low for what you get. Happy sliding

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just Plain Fun!

          By Squirly D

          from Wisconsin

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          I have been wanting to try one of these Gretsch Eletromatics, and it's almost near perfect for me, even though I wasn't expecting much from it before I gave it a tryout. I've found that the string spacing is a little too close together for me and I had a hard time adjusting my fingerpick style to it. I was skeptical about the tuners, but they are rock solid, and unique looking, too. I prefer the tuning keys on top, but not a deal breaker. I do like that the volume/tone knobs are on the same side, as well as the output jack away from me. The single coil pickup is fantastic! Lots of bite and no noise. I think the price is a little steep, so I got mine used for a hundo less than street price. I am very pleased with it overall.

          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          LAP STEEL BLUES

          By AL-2Fp3o

          from Brooklyn NY, Branford CT

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          I have read all the posted reviews here and elsewhere and decided that I would go out on a limb and buy myself the Gretsch Electromatic. I'm glad I did. It plays well and sounds great. It made its debut at a blues jam and received much positive feedback. It is carved from a lovely block of wood and finished in a glossy sunburst finish. The sustain is endless and smooth. It has a fairly long scale length. Pickup response is strong and even across the range. I like the GHS flat wound G tuning strings but I haven't bothered changing to them yet. The OE strings are at least adequate. I have one beef, and it's one I have with most, but not all guitars meant to be played lying flat (lap steel, square neck resonators). I think it makes sense to have the tuner buttons facing up. I removed the hand rest. That is just a personal issue. I like to use my right hand for damping the strings. The hand rest prevented that. I suppose that I would feel differently if I were playing C&W or Western Swing, but I'm playing Blues.I'm not sure about the fret board. I'm not certain that it is merely screened on. Upon close inspection, it appears to me to be at least routed and filled or maybe some kind of inlay. The fact is that the frets are not merely on the surface. They clearly go below the surface. I'm not sure how one would wear off the fret markings on a lap steel. The strings are nowhere near the fret board. Maybe a capo. I have no problem with the intonation. With the strings so high off the fret board and the steel having a substantial diameter, I'm not sure how you could determine whether the intonation was off. The fret markings are a rough guide. The rest is done with your ears. That said, I see no inaccuracies in my fret board.This instrument is a gas! It is so much fun to play and apparently, according to those my audience, it is also fun to listen to.

          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BETTER THAN BEFORE

          By Tubeblues

          from California

          Comments about Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar:

          OK I'm writing another review for this. Its redeeming factor is still the paint job and design, shape what ever you call it.The scratching noise with the knobs seemed to go away with use. The pickup is clean and clear. The best sound I've got out of it is in a Fender 65 Deluxe amp. Now we are talking lap steel here. The stings are way too light that come on it. Try some GHS Open G semi flat nickels. The tuners are too coarse. Unless you like that. Myself I put Grover 18:1 Sta-Tites on everything if its worth keeping. The fret board is awful as stated by others. It just is not right for such a nice looking guitar. It will get replaced or sanded and redone correctly. For looks and sound it is well worth the money. I've played it in a PA system, acoustic amp, and a small 5 watt tube amp all of which are OK. But in the 65 Deluxe yo baby. May as well get a nice tube amp to go with it.

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