Guyatone Lap Steel (mid-1960s) SOLD!

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Let’s face it — some colors just sound better than others, and based on color alone, we bought this cool vintage aquamarine lap steel. Atypical of us, we didn’t even plug it in before handing over our hard-earned dollars (plus, the seller didn’t have a working amp). So when we got it back to ’Vark Central we were happy (but not surprised) to discover that everything works as it should—we tuned it to an open g and exhausted our limited reservoir of western swing licks, adjusted the tuning to an open e, and repeated the process, this time playing our favorite barroom blues phrases. And so forth. When we first plugged this plank in, the tone knob was intermittently scratchy, but a small application of contact cleaner seems to have solved that problem. Volume knob and rocker switches work fine and appear to be original. The quality of workmanship is slightly primitive, reminiscent of many Japanese instruments from this era, but it befits the music this instrument was born to play – rootsy rock, gutbucket blues, and honky-tonk favorites — songs for real people with dirt under their fingernails and record collections that include artists like Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, and Lucinda Williams. Plus, the guitar is finished in a great shade of aquamarine, and we all know that a cool color like that will lend a little extra spice to the tonal recipe. Before we get all misty-eyed here, we should mention that this guitar is in very good condition, with only a minor ding on the bottom edge (see photo). Comes with the well-loved original hardshell case and vintage bar (pictured) SOLD!

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Let’s face it — some colors just sound better than others, and based on color alone, we bought this cool vintage aquamarine lap steel. Atypical of us, we didn’t even plug it in before handing over our hard-earned dollars (plus, the seller didn’t have a working amp). So when we got it back to ’Vark Central we were happy (but not surprised) to discover that everything works as it should—we tuned it to an open g and exhausted our limited reservoir of western swing licks, adjusted the tuning to an open e, and repeated the process, this time playing our favorite barroom blues phrases. And so forth. When we first plugged this plank in, the tone knob was intermittently scratchy, but a small application of contact cleaner seems to have solved that problem. Volume knob and rocker switches work fine and appear to be original. The quality of workmanship is slightly primitive, reminiscent of many Japanese instruments from this era, but it befits the music this instrument was born to play – rootsy rock, gutbucket blues, and honky-tonk favorites — songs for real people with dirt under their fingernails and record collections that include artists like Dave Alvin, Tom Russell, and Lucinda Williams. Plus, the guitar is finished in a great shade of aquamarine, and we all know that a cool color like that will lend a little extra spice to the tonal recipe. Before we get all misty-eyed here, we should mention that this guitar is in very good condition, with only a minor ding on the bottom edge (see photo). Comes with the well-loved original hardshell case and vintage bar (pictured) SOLD!