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  1. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Kalina/Harlin Bros Multi-Kord Pedal Steel Antique Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    New London, CT
  2. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s ELECTROMUSE LAP STEEL Brown Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    San Marcos, CA
  3. Vintage
    Airline 1960s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Independence, MO
  4. Vintage
    Gibson 1940s EH-125 Lap Steel OHSC Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Richmond, VA
  5. Vintage
    National 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Florence, KY
  6. Used Tonemaster Miscellaneous Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  7. Supro Miscellaneous Lap Steel
    Your Price $329.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  8. Regal Miscellaneous Lap Steel
    Your Price $229.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  9. Vintage
    Vintage 1940s Gibson Mastertone Special Lap Steel Vintage Brown Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Beaverton, OR
  10. Vintage
    Supro 1954 Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Cincinnati, OH
  11. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s BR9 Lapsteel And Amp Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Manhattan, NY
  12. Vintage
    Magnatone 1950s Varsity Ruby Lap Steel
    Your Price $549.99
    Good Condition
    Fort Worth, TX
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    Silvertone 1960s H1 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $199.99
    Good Condition
    Tacoma, WA
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    Regal Dobro Lap Steel
    Your Price $269.99
    Good Condition
    Gainesville, FL
  15. Vintage
    Gibson 1960s Console Grand Steel 520 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Good Condition
    Davenport, IA
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    Silvertone 1958 ARTIST Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Dayton, OH
  17. Vintage
    Harmony 1960s H-1 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $249.99
    Good Condition
    Little Rock, AR
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    Kalamazoo 1930s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Monroeville, PA
  19. Vintage
    Bronson 1950s Singing Electric Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Atlantic City, NJ
  20. Vintage
    Supro 1950s Lap Steel With Amp Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Bloomington, MN
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    Rickenbacker 1940s NS Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Toledo, OH
  22. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Scranton, PA
  23. Price Drop
    Rickenbacker 1930s Model 59 Steel W/M59 Amp Set Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Richmond, VA
  24. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Royaltone Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    South Bend, IN
  25. Price Drop
    Magnatone 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Spokane, WA
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    Fender 1950s Deluxe Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $539.99
    Good Condition
    Atlantic City, NJ
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    Regal 2010s Lap Steel Dobro Lap Steel
    Your Price $279.99
    Good Condition
    Gainesville, FL
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    Gibson 1938 EH100 Lapsteel & Amp Set Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,329.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    National 1940s Dynamic Lap Steel
    Your Price $489.99
    Good Condition
    Winston-Salem, NC
  30. Price Drop
    Vintage 1950s Noble MAGNATONE LAP STEEL & AMP SET BLUE PEARL Lap Steel
    Your Price $619.99
    Good Condition
    Hollywood, CA
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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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