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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. Top Seller
    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $349.99
    Open Box:
    $325.49
  3. 48 Month Financing*
    Recording King RG-35-SN Lap Steel with Humbucking Pickup
    Your Price $229.99
  4. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1960s ELECTRO Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Tempe, AZ
  5. 48 Month Financing*
    Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
  6. Vintage
    Carvin 1960s Double Six Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  7. Duesenberg USA Alamo Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,319.20
  8. 48 Month Financing*
    Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $229.99
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    Asher Guitars & Lap Steels Electro Hawaiian Junior Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $855.00
    Blemished:
    $684.00
  10. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1962 SW Lap Steel
    Your Price $944.99
    Great Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  11. Vintage
    Fender 1952 Supero Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Overland Park, KS
  12. Gold Tone SM-Weissenborn Hawaiian-Style Left-Handed Slide Guitar
    Your Price $675.00
  13. Price Drop
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $199.99
    Great Condition
    Monroeville, PA
  14. Dobro Josh Graves #37 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Atlanta, GA
  15. Vintage
    Gibson 1930s EH185 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Denton, TX
  16. Vintage
    Fender 1950s Lap Steel White OHSC
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Lancaster, PA
  17. Chandler RH2 Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Great Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  18. Vintage
    Harmony 1950s H2 Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Paramus, NJ
  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. Vintage
    Fender 1960s Deluxe 6 Lap Steel OHSC Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    San Mateo, CA
  23. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Mahogany Lap Steel
    Your Price $279.99
    Good Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  24. Vintage
    Supro 1960s 1960's Supro Jet Airliner Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Scranton, PA
  25. Vintage
    Dobro 1977 Model 27 Squareneck Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Dallas, TX
  26. Vintage
    Mastertone 1940s Special Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Cerritos, CA
  27. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s Electro Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Jacksonville, FL
  28. Vintage
    Vintage 1956 White Lap Steel Antique White Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Spartanburg, SC
  29. Vintage
    Vintage 1960s Gretsch Folk Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  30. Vintage
    Guyatone 1970s HG96C Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Crestwood, MO
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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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