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  1. Vintage
    Dobro 1984 Dobro Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    South Springfield, MO
  2. Vintage
    Gibson 1949 Console Grande Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Lansing, MI
  3. Price Drop
    National 1953 Lap Steel MOTS Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99 Was:  $399.99
    Good Condition
    Modesto, CA
  4. Vintage
    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 $1,149.99 Was:  $1,499.99
    Good Condition
    Danvers, MA
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    Supro 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $369.99 Was:  $399.99
    Good Condition
    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Rickenbacker 1930s Model 59 And Matching Amp Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,149.99 Was:  $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Monroeville, PA
  8. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s Console Grand Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Good Condition
    Mayfield, OH
  9. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s ELECTRO LAP STEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Emeryville, CA
  10. Price Drop
    Supro 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99 Was:  $399.99
    Good Condition
    Marietta, GA
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    Airline 1960s Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $429.99 Was:  $499.99
    Good Condition
    Towson, MD
  12. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1960S  Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  13. Vintage
    National 1948 Newyorker Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  14. Vintage
    Gibson 1940s Mastertone Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Fort Wayne, IN
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    Vintage 1950s Dickerson Magnatone Lapsteel Grey Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $359.99 Was:  $399.99
    Good Condition
    Sioux Falls, SD
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    Airline 1961 Lapsteel Lap Steel
    Your Price $329.99 Was:  $499.99
    Good Condition
    Towson, MD
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    Mastertone 1940s LAP STEEL OHSC Lap Steel
    Your Price $314.99 Was:  $499.99
    Good Condition
    Naperville, IL
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    Supro 1953 Twin Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99 Was:  $649.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Supro 1938 60 Lap Steel
    Your Price $629.99 Was:  $799.99
    Good Condition
    South Springfield, MO
  20. Price Drop
    Bronson 1938 Honolulu Master Lap Steel
    Your Price $3,199.99 Was:  $4,199.99
    Good Condition
    Nashville, TN
  21. Price Drop
    Rickenbacker 1940s Model 59 W/ Amp Lap Steel
    Your Price $769.99 Was:  $999.99
    Good Condition
    Manhattan, NY
  22. Vintage
    Gibson 1950s BR9 Lap Steel
    Your Price $379.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  23. Vintage
    Gibson 1947 BR4 Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Grand Rapids, MI
  24. Vintage
    Fender 1958 1958 Fender Deluxe 6 Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Boise, ID
  25. Vintage
    Maestro 1960s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Fair Condition
    Cool Springs, TN
  26. Vintage
    Recording King 1930s Hawaiian Electric Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Fair Condition
    Columbia, SC
  27. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Electromuse Lap Steel Mahogany Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Fair Condition
    Fort Worth, TX
  28. Vintage
    Vintage 1930s Electar Lap Steel Sunburst Lap Steel
    Your Price $599.99
    Fair Condition
    Mayfield, OH
  29. Vintage
    Supro 1960 LAPSTEELE GUITAR Lap Steel
    Your Price $449.99
    Fair Condition
    Tacoma, WA
  30. Vintage
    Kay 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Fair Condition
    South Bend, IN
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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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