Volumetric features of this model
- Size without case (approx): 80 x 18 x 5 cm (height x width x depth)
- Weight: 2 Kg approx.
- Rigid case: does not include, the cost is US$S 200 additional
- Soft case: $50
- Semi-rigid case: US$100
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Unlike other instruments where a fixed tuning is usually available, that of a lap steel, like that of many other instruments, depends on numerous factors, either the taste of the performer or the type of music to be played.
- Hawaiian tunings: the slack key technique provides the most tuning, because in its beginnings each family used a different tuning and was kept as a family secret. Examples of these tunings are: "Taropatch" (RE-SOL-RE-SOL-SI-RE), "Do Wahine" (DO-SOL-RE-SOL-SI-MI) and "Sol6" (SOL-SI-MI-SOL-SI-RE)
- Open tunings: widely used in blues music: playing all the strings on the air creates a larger chord. Ex: Open Sun (Open G) is widely used in the blues (RE-SOL-RE-SOL-SI-RE) re open (Open D), also widely used in the blues (RE-LA-RE-FA-LA-RE), the Open A (MI-LA-MI-LA-DO-MI), my open (Open E) (MI-SI-MI-SOL-SI-MI)
- In the case of country and bluegrass, apart from using some of the tunings already shown, there are variations on them such as "G High Bass" (SOL-SI-RE-SOL-SI-RE) or "High A" (A-C-E-A-C-E)
History of the Lap Steel Guitar
The Lap Steel Guitar is a musical instrument with six strings and therefore of the family of cordophones, more specifically the Steel guitar family. It is often used in various types of music but is most commonly found in Hawaiian music, country, bluegrass and American folk music. It is an instrument that is usually played in open tunings and with a "tone bar".
His origin is usually dated to Laiem (Oahu, Hawaii) where Joseph Kekuku, around 1894, innovated in the interpretive techniques of Hawaiian music, playing Spanish guitars using the technique called slack key.
The first electrified instrument is often considered to be the "Electric Hawaiian Guitar", manufactured by Rickenbacker. This model lacked the traditional shape of the guitar and was not very successful, although with the passage of time and the incorporation of different models, it gradually was inserted into the productions of the 1920s and 1930s until it reached its apotheosis in the 1940s and 1950s. Success came from the big brands that soon incorporated lap steel into their product line, such as Martin (1922), Gibson (1935) and even Leo Fender and his partner Clayton Orr Kauffman, began making lap steels under the brand name "K and F Manufacturing Corp", in 1945.
Its great popularity dropped, drastically, with the advent of Rock and Roll, and with the development of more advanced models of the same family, such as the table steel guitar and above all, the pedal steel guitar. But there have been rock guitarists who have reintroduced lap steel in their productions, such as Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin). The big brands began making lap steels from the late 1960s: Gibson in 1967, Supro and National in the 1970s. Today, some brands such as Gretsch and Fender have been reinserted into their lap steels catalogs. (Wikipedia source).
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THANK YOU: To the University of Palermo of the City of Buenos Aires for the studio used for photographic and audiovisual development.