Guitarist Eddie Lang introduced the popular string instrument to a wider audience and forever changed the way that people listened to music. His versatility and musical talent made it possible for the humble guitar to rise to an elevated status in the jazz, blues, and classical genres. His career included collaborations with with such renowned artists as Louis Armstrong, Hoagy Carmichael, Bix Biederbecke, Benny Goodman, King Oliver, Bessie Smith, and Paul Whiteman.
He also played under the name “Blind Willie Dunn” on a number of blues records with Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson, an African-American blues and jazz singer, guitarist, violinist, and songwriter. Eddie Lang showed no tolerance for racism and appeared on more recording sessions with black musicians than any other white musician of his time.
The jazz guitar virtuoso became friends with legendary singer Bing Crosby and often served as his accompanist. Eddie Lang’s most famous association was with childhood friend and violinist Joe Venuti, with whom he recorded many titles.
Eddie Lang’s career was cut short in 1933 when complications arose after what was supposed to be a routine tonsillectomy. He was only 30 when he died.
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We’re looking for the best lap steel guitar accessories and gift ideas to make your shopping easier and more fun. Choose from posters, T-shirts, coffee mugs, cotton canvas tote bags, refrigerator magnets, trucker hats, cooking aprons, colorful buttons, tonebars, and more unique lap steel guitar gifts.
The Dunlop Lap Dawg Tonebar features a larger radius for more sustain and better vibrato than you’d get with a standard tonebar. Angled sides allow for more control over fast runs, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Dunlop products are designed for pro-level performance–they’re accurate, efficient, and built to last.
We’ve created more than 2,000 products for string musicians and fans. Some of our best lap steel guitar gifts are shared on this page, along with our top picks from other designers. Click on the banner to view the complete String Kings Music Lap Steel Guitar collection.
Lap Steel Guitar Shirts
Shirts are a welcome gift for any musician or music fan. There are always lots of style and color options in sizes for all age groups and body types. Click on any design to see the different choices you can make to find just the perfect gift for lap steel guitar players and fans.
Here are some designs for animal lovers who are easily distracted by the sound of lap steel guitar players. Choose from playful cats and dogs in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes for the whole family.
The Coolest People on Earth are Lap Steel Guitar Players
Who are the coolest people on earth? Lap steel guitar players, of course! Spread the word about this cool string instrument. Makes a great gift for any music student, music teacher, or lap steel guitarist.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for lap steel guitar players. Refrigerator magnets always come in handy. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper with a scratch and UV-resistant Mylar coat for durability.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical lap steel guitar gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable lap steel guitar gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite guitarist.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive lap steel guitar gifts. These colorful buttons are sure to be a conversation starter too. Standard size square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches, and round buttons are often available in many sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for durability. Most button styles allow you to choose any background color you like for a truly customized gift.
Are you looking for unique gift ideas for your favorite guitarist? Maybe you’re a guitar player and you’d like to treat yourself to something special? We’re assembling an ever-growing collection of the best guitar gifts for guitarists and music lovers alike. Many of our gift selections are customizable with the recipient’s name for a truly personal touch.
We’ve got awesome guitar gifts for every budget. Find the ideal gift for your favorite guitar player. Check out the cool T-shirts, trucker hats, cotton canvas tote bags, coffee mugs, refrigerator magnets, posters, colorful buttons, jewelry, business cards, cooking aprons, guitar accessories, and more unique guitar gifts.
We’ve created more than 2,000 products for string musicians and fans. Some of our best guitar gifts are shared on this page, along with our top picks from other designers. Click on the banner to view the complete String Kings Music Guitar collection.
Shirts are always a welcome gift, especially when they depict a favorite string instrument. These shirts are available in dozens of styles and colors for all ages and body types. Click on any design to see the available options.
Guitarist tote bags are a stylish yet practical gift. They’re perfect for organizing and transporting sheet music and small guitar accessories. Most bags are available in a wide selection of sizes, colors, and styles.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable guitar gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Experiment with sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite guitarist.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical guitar gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Here’s one of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for guitarists. Who doesn’t need a couple of refrigerator magnets? Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches, and round magnets are typically available in three sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. A scratch and UV-resistant Mylar coat keeps each magnet looking new for years to come.
Top quality printed business cards are available in sets of 100 on your choice of eight types of premium card stock. Printed information can be easily personalized for any performer or music teacher. Classic business cards measure 2 by 3.5 inches, and skinny and chubby profile cards are available for some styles. Click on any design to see more options.
Buttons are another of our favorite cool guitar gifts. Standard sized square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches. Round buttons are available in several sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper, then covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for years of enjoyment. Some styles allow you to choose a new background color for complete customization.
Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac
Stevie Nicks wrote this song during a visit to the Rocky Mountains in Aspen, Colorado. At the time she was a struggling artist, weighing the options of going back to school or continuing her professional association with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. “Landslide” was featured on Fleetwood Mac’s 1975 album, launching the entire band into rock and roll history.
Stevie Nicks It was my 16th birthday–my mom and dad gave me my Goya classical guitar that day. I sat down, wrote this song, and I just knew that that was the only thing I could ever really do–write songs and sing them to people.
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).
The bass guitar is a string instrument that establishes the beat for many styles of music. Blues, country, funk, fusion, gospel, jazz, Latin, metal, pop, punk rock, reggae, and rock all feature the beat of the bass guitar. The popular string instrument is known by many names including bass, electric bass, and electric bass guitar.
More Bass Guitar Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a bassist.
Notable bassists include Sheryl Crow, Maurice Gibb (Bee Gees), Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings), John Patitucci (Chick Corea), Prince, Kenny Rogers (Kenny Rogers and The First Edition), Gene Simmons (Kiss), Esperanza Spalding, Peter Tork (The Monkees), Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen, Sammy Hagar), Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen), Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols), and Stevie Wonder.