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This full size American swamp ash body lap steel features 36 frets and offers a single coil pickup for clear and bright sound. Unlike a typical guitar, the strings of a lap steel are not pressed to a fret when sounding a note; rather, the player holds a metal slide called a steel (or tone bar) in one hand, which is moved along the strings to change the instrument's pitch while the other hand plucks or picks the strings. It is perfect for Blues, Rock, Hawaiian, Country, Bluegrass, and Western Swing. The strings are spaced widely, with 3/8" between each one. This makes it very easy and enjoyable to play.


  • A full size 8 string, 36 fret, lap steel guitar
  • Removable lap steel stand included
  • American swamp ash body with rosewood fretboard
  • Diecast chrome tuners, V and T knobs
  • P90 pickup
  • Padded carry bag included


  • Overall length: 36 1/2"
  • Body length: 13"
  • Scale length: 24 3/4"
  • Width at lower bout: 8 3/4"
  • Width at upper bout: 6 9/16"
  • Body length 13 3/4"
  • Width at the nut: 2 5/16"
  • Width at the 12th fret: 2 5/8"
  • Width at the 20th fret 2 7/8"
  • Body thickness: 1"
  • String spacing at the nut: 1/4" (2 1/16" overall)
  • String spacing at the bridge 3/8" (2 3/4" overall)
  • Distance between the bridge and the end of the body: 1 3/4"
  • String sizes: .010,.015,.017,.022w,.028,.032,.038,.052


Q:What tuning does this lap steel use?

A: The Lap 8 Steel is shipped with E9 Tuning (G#2, B2, D3, E3, F#3, G#3, B3, E4)

Additional strings on your guitar means even greater tuning potential. With the additional strings, you can minimize the number of slants you have to play to get your guitar to match the song's harmonies. Here are some suggested tunings for eight-string steel guitars. A6 Tuning: 1. E 2. C# 3. A 4.F# 5.E 6. C# 7.A 8.F#

This is a very popular tuning, used by Herb Remington among others.

C6/Am7 Tuning: 1.G 2.E 3.C 4.A 5.G 6.E 7.C 8.A E13 Tuning: (as used by Leon McAuliffe) 1.E 2.C# 3.B 4.G# 5.F# 6.D 7.G# 8.E C6/FMaj9 Tuning: 1. E 2. C 3. A 4.F 5.E 6. C 7.A 8.F C13 Tuning: (as used by Junior Brown) 1.G 2.E 3.C 4.A 5.G 6.E 7.C 8.Bb Seven String C Diatonic Tuning (as used by Jerry Byrd): 1.E 2.C 3.B 4.A 5.G 6.F 7.E Expanded E7 Tuning: 1.E 2.B 3.G# 4.E 5.D 6.B 7. G# 8.E Bob Lee's New Hawaiian Tuning: 1.E 2.D 3.C# 4.A 5.F# 6.D 7.B 8.A MDFried's E6 tuning: 1.E 2.C# 3.B 4.G# 5.E 6.C# 7.B 8.E Bob Lee's E6 tuning: 1.G# 2.E 3.C# 4.B 5.G# 6.E 7.D 8.B Andrew Waegel's A major/minor 7th tuning: 1.G 2.E 3.C 4.A 5.G 6.E 7.C# 8.A Andrew says, "It's basically the Jerry Byrd C6/A7 tuning with an added high G on the top string to make more third intervals accessible without too much neck motion. It also gives more options for those high sweet tones that I hear so much of in the older country music that I like to play." Bobby Black's C6/A7 tuning: 1.E 2.C 3.A 4.G 5.E 6.C# 7.A 8.B According to Cartwright Thompson, "I got this one from Bobby Black, he said he got it from Joaquin Murphey. The cool thing here is that the bottom B string is tuned an octave higher (1/2 step below the second string). So you have the Jerry Byrd C6/A7 on the top 7, but you can grab the bottom string for a very pretty major 7th, and you get a nice "strummable" A9th chord on the bottom 5 strings." Bob Quasar's D13 tuning: 1.E 2.F# 3.D 4.B 5.A 6.F# 7.D 8.C The top E is tuned between the third string (D) and the second string (F#). This allows a four-note pattern to be played by picking alternately on the C# D E F# strings. This would be very useful in certain situations. Michael McClellan's G13 tuning: 1.G 2.E 3.C 4.A 5.F 6.D 7.B 8.G Michael McClellan writes: John Coltrane got me into it! This does wild things to "Sand" (the Hawaiian instrumental), "Misty" (Errol Gardner's classic), some polkas, and many country beer-drinkers. I pull a string behind the steel with my left hand ring finger, and can get some of the pedal-steel effects while still keeping the Dobro® purity. Using this trick, I can make a weird part of tlhe 13th into a normal major chord. The G13 gives me inversions of a 7th, a 9th, a 6th, a Major 7th, an 11th, and a minor. It gives a real 13th, from root to treble, which the other 13ths don't. When you end a song on this chord, folks sit up and listen! Pete Grant's D tuning: 1.F# 2.E 3.D 4.A 5.F# 6.D 7.A 8.D

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  • Lap 8 Ash 3TS 8 String Lap Steel Guitar w/Stand and Bag
  • Sunburst
Made In
  • China
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Body Type
  • Solid Body

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