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  1. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s NS Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Toledo, OH
  2. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Scranton, PA
  3. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1960s ELECTRO STEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Winter Park, FL
  4. Vintage
    Magnatone 1955 LYRIC DOUBLENECK 8 Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,149.99
    Good Condition
    Clackamas, OR
  5. Vintage
    Gibson 1930s Eh-100 Lap Steel
    Your Price $849.99
    Good Condition
    Albuquerque, NM
  6. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Royaltone Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    South Bend, IN
  7. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1930s Model 59 Steel W/M59 Amp Set Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Richmond, VA
  8. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Royaltone Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    South Bend, IN
  9. Vintage
    Fender 1958 1958 Fender Deluxe 6 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Boise, ID
  10. Chandler Rh-2 Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Peoria, IL
  11. Vintage
    Oahu 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Roseville, CA
  12. Vintage
    Gibson 1960s EH-500 Skylark Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Akron, OH
  13. National 1947 Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $449.99
    Good Condition
    Ft. Myers, FL
  14. Rogue Dobro Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Asheville, NC
  15. Vintage
    Fender Champ Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  16. Vintage
    Magnatone 1950s Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $249.99
    Good Condition
    Chico, CA
  17. Vintage
    Supro 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Spokane, WA
  18. Vintage
    Magnatone 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Spokane, WA
  19. Vintage
    Fender 1950s Deluxe Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Atlantic City, NJ
  20. Vintage
    Gibson 1940S/50S BR9 Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  21. Vintage
    Supro 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Toledo, OH
  22. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Valco Mckinney Lap Steel & Amp Set Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Greenwood, IN
  23. Regal 2010s Lap Steel Dobro Lap Steel
    Your Price $374.99
    Good Condition
    Gainesville, FL
  24. Vintage
    Fender 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Waco, TX
  25. Used Vorson LT-230-8tr Red Lap Steel
    Your Price $459.99
    Good Condition
    San Francisco, CA
  26. Vintage
    Gibson 1938 EH100 Lapsteel & Amp Set Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,599.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  27. Vintage
    Supro 1960s Double Neck Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    South Springfield, MO
  28. Vintage
    Sekova 1960s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Totowa, NJ
  29. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Ultratone Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    South Springfield, MO
  30. Vintage
    National 1940s Dynamic Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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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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