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    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    Was:  $99.99 From $7999
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    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
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    Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
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    Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
  5. Price Drop
    Peavey Power Slide Guitar
    From $26029
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    Luna Guitars Lap Steel Electric
  7. Vintage
    Gibson 1956 Console Grand Steel CG-520 Lap Steel
    Excellent Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  8. Vintage
    Vintage 1969 Sho-bud Crossover Twin Neck Steel Black Lap Steel
    Excellent Condition
    Nashville, TN
  9. Gretsch Guitars G5715 Electromatic Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Southfield, MI
  10. Gretsch Guitars ELECTROMATIC LAP STEEL GUITAR Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Denton, TX
  11. Gold Tone LS6 6 String Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Waco, TX
  12. Vintage
    Supro 1950s LAP STEEL Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Wichita, KS
  13. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Megatone Lap Steel Red Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Concord, CA
  14. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s EPITOME Lap Steel Cream Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Salem, OR
  15. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1962 SW Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Norman, OK
  16. Vintage
    Gibson 1959 Skylark Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Shreveport, LA
  17. Vintage
    Fender 1950s Deluxe Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Youngstown, OH
  18. Vintage
    Fender 1954 Deluxe Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Reno, NV
  19. Rickenbacker 1973 Electro Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  20. Vintage
    Oahu 1950s IOLANA DOUBLE STEEL Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Peoria, IL
  21. Vintage
    Gibson 1960 Skylark Korina Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Kalamazoo, MI
  22. Vintage
    Vintage 1970s Sho-Bud Pedal Steel Brown Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  23. Vintage
    Epiphone 1950s Century Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Oxford Valley, PA
  24. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s NS Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Lexington, KY
  25. Price Drop
    Used Wechter Scheerhorn RS6510R Brown Sunburst Lap Steel
    Was:  $699.99 $59999
    Great Condition
    Toledo, OH
  26. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s Electro Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Las Vegas, NV
  27. Vintage
    Dobro 1982 Model 60 OHSC Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Concord, CA
  28. Gretsch Guitars G5715 Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Plano, TX
  29. Vintage
    Supro 1954 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Great Condition
    Knoxville, TN
  30. Vintage
    Magnatone 1950s Lap Steel & Amp Lap Steel
    Good Condition
    Southfield, MI
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About Lap Steel Guitars & Pedal Steel Guitars:

Lap Steel Guitars Lap steel guitars are played in a different manner to the regular guitar. Instead of playing them upright and with the strings facing away from the player’s body, lap steels are played while laid flat either on the lap or on a stand, or standing up using a guitar strap designed to accommodate the different angle.

Unlike standard guitars, the notes are not sounded by pressing the string to the fretboard, but are created instead by using light pressure on the strings from a slide or tone bar, usually constructed of metal.

Many players of standard slide guitar (that is to say, not played on the lap) use glass, ceramic, steel or brass slides. Lap slide players prefer metal slides because the high action of the strings allows the use of a heavier slide for improved tone and sustain. And while standard slide guitar players use slides that are of the bottleneck design and worn over one finger, lap steel and pedal steel players generally use solid bars made from machined steel coated with chrome, hence the term “steel guitar.”

As with all styles of slide guitar, standard tuning is uncommon—most players preferring to use open tuning.

Pedal Steel Guitars Pedal steel players typically sit on a stool or seat at the instrument. The right foot is used mainly to operate a volume pedal. The left foot is primarily used to press one or more of the instrument's foot pedals. The knees are positioned under the instrument's body so that by moving them left, right or even vertically, they can push levers that are mounted from underneath the body of the steel guitar.

The strings are positioned high above the neck of the instrument. Rather than controlling the vibrating length of strings by pressing them to frets on a fingerboard, the player applies a polished metal tone bar, sliding the tone bar on the strings, to and away from the bridge to change pitch. If the bar is perpendicular to the neck (oriented like a fret), it changes the pitch of all strings equally. The player may also slant the bar, holding it at an angle to affect strings unequally.

One hand plucks the strings, usually with a set of thumb and finger picks—but some players use only a thumb pick, and some use their fingernails. A variable volume foot pedal also contributes to the sound of the instrument.

Mastering the pedal steel guitar can take time, due to its technical and complex inner workings and the unique physical techniques a player must learn to create the instrument's trademark sounds.

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