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  1. On Sale
    Rogue RLS-1 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag
    From Price $79.99 Was:  $109.99
  2. Top Seller
    Gretsch Guitars Electromatic Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $349.99
    Open Box:
    $325.49
  3. Recording King RG-31 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $179.99
  4. Top Rated
    Recording King RG-32 Lap Steel Guitar
    Your Price $179.99
  5. Peavey Power Slide Guitar
    From Price $270.84
  6. Luna Guitars Lap Steel Electric
    Your Price $499.0
  7. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,099.99
    Excellent Condition
    Lynnwood, WA
  8. Used RAINS Dual Neck Custom Wood Grain Lap Steel
    Your Price $7,999.99
    Excellent Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  9. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s ENGLISH ELECTRONICS TONEMASTER Cream Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Great Condition
    Cedar Rapids, IA
  10. Vintage
    Vintage 1970s Sho-bud Maverick Pedal Steel Natural Lap Steel
    Your Price $899.99
    Great Condition
    Fort Worth, TX
  11. Vintage
    Vintage 1940s TONEMASTER STRINGMASTER Sunburst Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Great Condition
    Wichita, KS
  12. Vintage
    Supro 1950s Airliner Lap Steel White Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Great Condition
    Harrisburg, PA
  13. Vintage
    Oahu 1950 Pearloid Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Youngstown, OH
  14. Vintage
    Supro 1950s LAP STEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Wichita, KS
  15. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Megatone Lap Steel Red Lap Steel
    Your Price $1,199.99
    Great Condition
    Concord, CA
  16. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s EPITOME Lap Steel Cream Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Great Condition
    Salem, OR
  17. Vintage
    Vintage 1956 White Matching Steel With Amp White Lap Steel
    Your Price $2,199.99
    Great Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  18. Vintage
    Fender 1954 Deluxe Lap Steel
    Your Price $849.99
    Great Condition
    Reno, NV
  19. Rickenbacker 1973 Electro Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Great Condition
    Tulsa, OK
  20. Vintage
    Oahu 1950s IOLANA DOUBLE STEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $699.99
    Great Condition
    Peoria, IL
  21. Vintage
    Epiphone 1950s Century Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Great Condition
    Oxford Valley, PA
  22. Vintage
    Rickenbacker 1940s NS Lap Steel
    Your Price $849.99
    Great Condition
    Lexington, KY
  23. Price Drop
    Rickenbacker 1940s Electro Lap Steel
    Your Price $649.99 Was:  $749.99
    Great Condition
    Las Vegas, NV
  24. Price Drop
    Dobro 1982 Model 60 OHSC Lap Steel
    Your Price $849.99 Was:  $999.99
    Great Condition
    Concord, CA
  25. Vintage
    Rickenbacker STYLE B LAPSTEEL Lap Steel
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Dallas, TX
  26. Peavey Powerslide Lap Steel
    Your Price $139.99
    Good Condition
    Ft Collins, CO
  27. Vintage
    Gibson 1940s B-9 Lap Steel
    Your Price $499.99
    Good Condition
    Mesquite, TX
  28. Vintage
    Vintage 1950s Dickerson Pearloid Lap Steel Gray Lap Steel
    Your Price $349.99
    Good Condition
    Marietta, GA
  29. Vintage
    Magnatone 1950s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Memphis, TN
  30. Vintage
    Kalamazoo 1940s Lap Steel Lap Steel
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Lexington, KY
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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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