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  1. On Sale
    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    Your Price $79.99 Was Price $119.99
  2. Preorder
    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $855.00
  3. On Sale
    Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel with Humbucking Pickup
    Your Price $194.99 Was Price $229.99
  4. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
  5. Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
  6. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn Hawaiian-Style Left-Handed Slide Guitar
    Your Price $675.00
  7. Top Seller
    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $349.99
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  8. Platinum
    Duesenberg USA Alamo Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,319.20
  9. Used Vorson SL-100E Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $199.99
    Great Condition
    San Francisco, CA
  10. Vintage
    Fender 1956 Dual 6 Professional Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,249.99
    Great Condition
    Reno, NV
  11. SX Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $119.99
    Great Condition
    Orange Park, FL
  12. Rickenbacker 1950s Model B Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Lynnwood, WA
  13. Vintage
    Gibson 1930s EH185 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Denton, TX
  14. Dobro Josh Graves #37 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Atlanta, GA
  15. Hudson Music 6 String Pedal Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Great Condition
    New London, CT
  16. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1960s ELECTRO Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Tempe, AZ
  17. Price Drop
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $229.99
    Great Condition
    Monroeville, PA
  18. Price Drop
    Oahu 1950 Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $289.99
    Great Condition
    Youngstown, OH
  19. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1962 SW Lap Steel
    Your Price $944.99
    Great Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  20. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel
    Your Price $139.99
    Good Condition
    Fountain Valley, CA
  21. Rogue RLS1MBL Lap Steel
    Your Price $79.99
    Good Condition
    Lexington, KY
  22. Vintage
    Oahu 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Detroit, MI
  23. Vintage
    Harlin Brothers 1960s Multi-kord Steel Double Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,199.99
    Good Condition
    Pittsburgh, PA
  24. Vintage
    Supro 1950s Supro Special Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Wichita, KS
  25. Vintage
    Vintage 1975 Sho Bud Professional Pedal Steel Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,799.99
    Good Condition
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  26. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s Model NS Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Central Dallas, TX
  27. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Console Grande Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,199.99
    Good Condition
    Concord, CA
  28. Vintage
    Vega 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    N. Fayetteville, AR
  29. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1960s Electro Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  30. Silvertone 1960s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Asheville, 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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