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  1. Top-Seller
    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar With Stand and Gig Bag
    Your Price $149.99
  2. Top-Seller
    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $499.99
  3. Vintage
    Fender 1960 STUDIO DELUXE LAP STEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Clackamas, OR
  4. Vintage
    Fender 1960s 400 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,699.99
    Good Condition
    Nashville, TN
  5. Vintage
    Fender 1950s Stringmaster Dual Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,899.99
    Good Condition
    Youngstown, OH
  6. Epiphone Electar Century 1939 Lap Steel
    Your Price $309.99
    Great Condition
    Laredo, TX
  7. Vintage
    National 1949 Console Dual 8 Steel OHSC Lap Steel
    Your Price $749.99
    Fair Condition
    Tempe, AZ
  8. Vintage
    Airline 1960s Rocket Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Nashville, TN
  9. Gold Tone GT-Weissenborn Hawaiian-Style Slide Guitar With Gig Bag
    Your Price $599.99
  10. Top-Seller
    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar
    From Price $995.00
  11. Preorder
    Gold Tone LS-6/L Left-Handed Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $699.99
  12. Duesenberg USA Alamo Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,545.62
  13. Top-Seller
    Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel With Humbucking Pickup
    Your Price $249.99
  14. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $249.99
  15. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn+ Hawaiian-Style Slide Guitar
    Your Price $899.99
  16. Gold Tone LS-8 8-String Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $799.99
  17. Gold Tone LS-8/L Left-Handed 8-String Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $749.99
  18. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn+ Hawaiian-Style Left-Handed Slide Guitar
    Your Price $899.99
  19. Gold Tone LS-6 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $699.99
  20. Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $249.99
  21. Gold Tone GT-Weissenborn Left-Handed Hawaiian-Style Lap Steel Guitar With Gig Bag
    Your Price $499.99
  22. Gold Tone WEISSENBORN SM Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Excellent Condition
    Plano, TX
  23. Vintage
    Vintage 1940s Rickenbacher MODEL B ELECTRO Black And White Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,999.99
    Excellent Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  24. Used Rayco Lap Steel Trans Red Lap Steel
    Your Price $999.99
    Excellent Condition
    Danvers, MA
  25. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Dayton, OH
  26. Regal Rd30s Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Spokane, WA
  27. Gold Tone Sm-weissenborn+ Lap Steel
    Your Price $629.99
    Great Condition
    Concord, CA
  28. Vintage
    Epiphone 1941 Zephyr Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $999.99
    Good Condition
    Scranton, PA
  29. Vintage
    Fender 1959 400 Pdeal Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,599.99
    Good Condition
    Wichita, KS
  30. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1930s Silver Hawaiian NS-100 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Good Condition
    Kalamazoo, 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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