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    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    From Price $79.99 Was Price $109.99
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    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $349.99
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    Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel with Humbucking Pickup
    Your Price $199.99
  4. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $199.99
  5. Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $199.99
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    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar
    From Price $675.00
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    Duesenberg Alamo Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,319.20
  8. Peavey Powerslide Lap Steel
    Your Price $199.99
    Excellent Condition
    Fairview Heights, IL
  9. Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Excellent Condition
    Dallas, TX
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    Gibson 1950s Gibson BR9 Amp And Guitar Combo Lap Steel
    Your Price $999.99
    Excellent Condition
    Akron, OH
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    Used RAINS Dual Neck Custom Wood Grain Lap Steel
    Your Price $3,419.99
    Excellent Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  12. Gold Tone LS6 6 String Lap Steel
    Your Price $339.99
    Great Condition
    Independence, MO
  13. Used Vorson FLSL200TS Cherry Sunburst Lap Steel
    Your Price $164.99
    Great Condition
    Cincinnati, OH
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    Rickenbacker 1960s ELECTRO Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Tempe, AZ
  15. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Monroeville, PA
  16. Harmony Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $369.99
    Great Condition
    Southcenter, WA
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    Oahu 1950 Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $319.99
    Great Condition
    Youngstown, OH
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    Vintage 1950s EPITOME Lap Steel Cream Lap Steel
    Your Price $249.99
    Great Condition
    San Francisco, CA
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    Vintage 1950s Sherwood Deluxe Sunburst Lap Steel
    Your Price $199.99
    Good Condition
    Tulsa, OK
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    Airline 1964 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Naperville, IL
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    Gretsch Guitars 1953 Electromatic Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Atlanta, GA
  22. Valco Tonemaster Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  23. Rickenbacker Electro Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    National 1940s LAP STEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $249.99
    Good Condition
    Virginia Beach, VA
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    National 1950s New Yorker Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Wichita, KS
  26. Supro Lap Steele Lap Steel
    Your Price $179.99
    Good Condition
    Portsmouth, NH
  27. Vintage
    Supro 1957 Double Neck Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  28. Recording King RR 365 VS Maxwell Series Lap Steel
    Your Price $249.99
    Good Condition
    Chattanooga, TN
  29. Vintage
    Gibson 1960s BR9 Lap Steel
    Your Price $449.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  30. Vintage
    Supro 1960s Comet Lap Steel
    Your Price $449.99
    Good Condition
    Sioux Falls, SD
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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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