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  1. On Sale
    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    Was:  $99.99 From $7999.00
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    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    $34999.00
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    Peavey Power Slide Guitar
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    Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    $17999.00
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    Supro Jet Airliner Lapsteel Guitar
    $3990.00
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  6. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    $17999.00
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  7. Open Box
    Luna Guitars Lap Steel Electric
    $36818.00
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    $324.00
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  8. Gretsch Guitars LAP STEEL Lap Steel
    $22999.00
    Excellent Condition
    Tempe, AZ
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  9. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1950s Electro Lap Steel
    $79999.00
    Excellent Condition
    Albuquerque, NM
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  10. Vintage
    Gibson 1940s EH-150 Lap Steel OHSC Lap Steel
    $99999.00
    Excellent Condition
    Clackamas, OR
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    Gold Tone Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Was:  $599.99 $49999.00
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    Cerritos, CA
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  12. Vintage
    Gibson 1956 Console Grand Steel CG-520 Lap Steel
    $1,79999.00
    Excellent Condition
    Hollywood, CA
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  13. SX SX LAP2 Lap Steel
    $10999.00
    Excellent Condition
    Danbury, CT
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  14. SX LG3 Lap Steel
    $14999.00
    Great Condition
    Naperville, IL
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  15. Chandler Rh2 Lap Steel
    $32999.00
    Great Condition
    Gainesville, FL
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  16. Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel
    $33599.00
    Great Condition
    West L.A., CA
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  17. Rickenbacker 1973 Electro Lap Steel
    $59999.00
    Great Condition
    Tulsa, OK
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  18. Vintage
    Oahu 1950s IOLANA DOUBLE STEEL Lap Steel
    $69999.00
    Great Condition
    Peoria, IL
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  19. Vintage
    Gibson 1960 Skylark Korina Lap Steel Lap Steel
    $89999.00
    Great Condition
    Kalamazoo, MI
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  20. Vintage
    Vintage 1961 English Electronics Tonemaster Lap Steel Olympic Pearl Lap Steel
    $49999.00
    Great Condition
    Davenport, IA
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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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