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    Sekova 1960s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Totowa, NJ
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    Rickenbacker 1940s Model B Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,099.99
    Good Condition
    South Austin, TX
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    Gibson 1950s Ultratone Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    South Springfield, MO
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    National 1940s Dynamic Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Oahu 1950s Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Vintage 1930s Alkire E-Harp Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    National 1956 PEARLOID Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Birmingham, AL
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    Vintage 1950s Noble 1950'S NOBLE MAGNATONE LAP STEEL & AMP SET BLUE PEARL Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Lincoln, NE
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    Rickenbacker STYLE B LAPSTEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Dallas, TX
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    Vintage 1950s Dickerson Pearloid Lap Steel Gray Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Marietta, GA
  11. Morrell Music Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $219.99
    Good Condition
    Orange Park, FL
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    Magnatone 1950s Pearloid Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Crestwood, MO
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    Used Weaver 6 String Lap Steel Tobacco Burst Lap Steel
    Your Price $279.99 Was:  $299.99
    Good Condition
    Macon, GA
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    Gibson 1940s BR3 Lap Steel
    Your Price $649.99
    Good Condition
    Glen Burnie, MD
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    Gibson 1950s BR9 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Fresno, CA
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    Supro 1955 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Scottsdale, AZ
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    Magnatone 1950s Maestro Triple Neck OHSC Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Fresno, CA
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    Rickenbacker 1940s Electro Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Davenport, IA
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    Dobro 1984 Dobro Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    South Springfield, MO
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    Gibson 1949 Console Grande Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Lansing, MI
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    Magnatone 1958 TROUBADOUR Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Overland Park, KS
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    National 1953 Lap Steel MOTS Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Modesto, CA
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    Epiphone 1950s Electar Zephyr Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Lansing, MI
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    Rickenbacker 1940s Silver Hawaiin Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Good Condition
    Danvers, MA
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    Supro 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Rickenbacker 1930s Model 59 And Matching Amp Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Monroeville, PA
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    Gibson 1950s Console Grand Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Good Condition
    Mayfield, OH
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    Fender 1950s DELUXE 6 Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Wilmington, DE
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    Supro 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Marietta, GA
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    Airline 1960s Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Towson, MD
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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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