Lap Steel Guitar Facts
The lap steel guitar is a string instrument derived from and similar to the guitar. On a conventional guitar, players create sounds by pressing strings against the fretboard. When playing a lap steel or lap pedal guitar, players alter the pitch by pressing a bar against the strings. The instrument is typically placed on the player’s lap. It can also be placed on a stool in front of the player.
Lap steel and pedal steel guitars are associated with many types of music including bluegrass, blues, country, Hawaiian, jazz, and rock. How does it work? The player holds a metal or glass slide in one hand, which is moved along the strings. The other hand is used to pluck or pick the strings.
More Lap Steel Guitar Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a lap steel guitarist.
Notable lap steel guitarists include Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead), George Harrison and John Lennon (The Beatles), Barbara Mandrell, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones).
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Mahalo MLP-100 Electric Lap Steel Guitar
- Surfboard shaped basswood body
- Traditional silk-screened fingerboard fret and position markers
- Soap-bar style single-coil pickup, 1-volume and 1-tone control layout
- Chrome-plated bridge and die-cast tuners
- Glossy white finish with blue surfboard-style graphics
- Built-in stand consists of three telescoping, removable legs that fold up neatly into gig bag
- Padded gig bag included
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