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  1. Top Seller
    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    Your Price $119.99
  2. 48-Month Financing**
    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $399.99
  3. 48-Month Financing**
    Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel with Humbucking Pickup
    Your Price $229.99
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    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $855.00
    Open Box:
    $752.40
    Blemished:
    $684.00
  5. 48-Month Financing**
    Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
  6. 48-Month Financing**
    Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
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    Gold Tone 6-String Solid Body Lap Steel
    Your Price $639.99
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    Gold Tone 8-String Solid Body Lap Steel
    Your Price $739.99
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    Gold Tone 8-String Solid Body Lap Steel For Left Hand Players
    Your Price $759.00
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    Gold Tone 6-String Solid Body Lap Steel For Left Hand Players
    Your Price $672.00
  11. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn Hawaiian-Style Slide Guitar
    Your Price $699.99
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    Duesenberg Alamo Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,319.20
  13. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn Hawaiian-Style Left-Handed Slide Guitar
    Your Price $744.99
  14. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1950s Electro Model B Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Denver, CO
  15. Used FUZZY STEEL GUITAR JB FRYPAN Lap Steel
    Your Price $999.99
    Great Condition
    Englewood, CO
  16. Vintage
    Fender 1956 Studio Deluxe Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Great Condition
    Scottsdale, AZ
  17. Recording King Rg 31 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $139.99
    Great Condition
    Clackamas, OR
  18. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s MODEL '59 LAPSTEEL GUITAR Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Great Condition
    Columbus, OH
  19. Vintage
    Valco 1950s El Grande Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Great Condition
    Mayfield, OH
  20. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1930s Model B Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Commack, NY
  21. Rickenbacker 1950s Model B Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Lynnwood, WA
  22. Dobro Josh Graves #37 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Atlanta, GA
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    Rickenbacker 1960s ELECTRO Lap Steel
    Your Price $359.99
    Great Condition
    Modesto, CA
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    Rickenbacker 1962 SW Lap Steel
    Your Price $849.99
    Great Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  25. GFI Musical Products Expo Pedal Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,199.99
    Great Condition
    N. Olmsted, OH
  26. Vintage
    Fender 1960s 1960 Champ Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Salem, OR
  27. Vintage
    Fender 1950s Fender Deluxe Lapsteel Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Oklahoma City, OK
  28. Vintage
    Bronson 1950s Singing Electric Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Hickory Corners, NC
  29. Vintage
    Magnatone 1950s Melodier Lap Steel
    Your Price $749.99
    Good Condition
    North Charlotte, NC
  30. Vintage
    Vintage 1970s Sho Bud Pro 1 Pedal Steel Cherry Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,799.99
    Good Condition
    Killeen, TX
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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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