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  1. On Sale
    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    From Price $99.99 Was Price $129.99
    Open Box:
    $114.39
  2. Top Seller
    Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel with Humbucking Pickup
    Your Price $229.99
  3. Top Seller
    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $499.99
    Blemished:
    $399.99
  4. Price Drop
    Magnatone 1950s Aloha Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99 Was Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  5. Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
  6. Vintage
    National 1950s Chicagoan Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Winston-Salem, NC
  7. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel
    Your Price $149.99
    Great Condition
    Tucson, AZ
  8. Miscellaneous Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $329.99
    Good Condition
    Athens, GA
  9. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s GURLEY LEILANI Purple Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Danvers, MA
  10. Vintage
    Silvertone 1960s Harmony H-1 Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Villa Park, IL
  11. Price Drop
    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel
    Your Price $719.99 Was Price $799.99
    Excellent Condition
    Akron, OH
  12. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s BR-9 Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Memphis, TN
  13. Morrell Music Lab Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $199.99
    Good Condition
    Katy, TX
  14. Top Rated
    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar
    From Price $875.00
  15. Gold Tone GT-Weissenborn Hawaiian-Style Slide Guitar With Gig Bag
    Your Price $499.99
  16. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn+ Hawaiian-Style Left-Handed Slide Guitar
    Your Price $749.99
  17. Preorder
    Gold Tone LS-8 8-String Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $749.99
  18. Preorder
    Gold Tone LS-8/L Left-Handed 8-String Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $749.99
  19. Preorder
    Gold Tone LS-6/L Left-Handed Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $649.99
  20. Top Seller
    Duesenberg USA Alamo Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,545.62
  21. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn+ Hawaiian-Style Slide Guitar
    Your Price $899.99
    Open Box:
    $791.99
  22. Gold Tone LS-6 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $649.99
  23. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
  24. Gold Tone GT-Weissenborn Left-Handed Hawaiian-Style Lap Steel Guitar With Gig Bag
    Your Price $499.99
  25. Republic 207 TRICONE Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Excellent Condition
    South Springfield, MO
  26. Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel
    Your Price $89.99
    Great Condition
    Ocean, NJ
  27. Vintage
    Vintage 1940s Electromuse Lapsteel Guitar Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Southfield, MI
  28. Gretsch Guitars G5700 Lap Steel
    Your Price $334.99
    Good Condition
    Wichita, KS
  29. Gibson 1961 Skylark Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,199.99
    Good Condition
    Katy, TX
  30. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s BR-9 Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Winston-Salem, NC
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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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