Gretsch G5715 Lap Steel Guitar

Hawaiian and country ballads sound incomplete without the wail of a lap steel guitar. Get that classic sound from the single-coil-equipped Gretsch G5715.

What's special about this item?

Feature: What it does:
22.5" scale length Standard scale length for lap steel guitars
Chrome hardware Vintage, hot-rodded style appointments
Luan Body Tonally similar to mahogany
Luan Neck Similar sound to mahogany

A smooth sonic blast from the past. The Lap Steel reproduces the unmistakable rich tones of an electric Hawaiian guitar. Measuring 33-1/2 x 7-1/2 x 1-3/4", this beauty features a single-coil pickup and volume and tone controls.
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- Series: Electromatic Series
- Category: solid body lap steel
- Body style: slab
- Scale length: 22.5 (571mm)
- Top: luan
- Bracing: n/a
- Back and sides: luan body, 7-1/2 in. wide, 33-1/2 in. long, 1-3/4 in. deep
- Neck: luan
- Pickups: 1 chrome covered single-coil
- Pickup switching: none
- Controls: volume, tone
- Width at nut: 1-11/16 in. (43mm)
- Fretboard: white plastic
- Bridge: chrome bar bridge
- Tailpiece: n/a
- Hardware: chrome-plated
- Finish: gloss urethane
- No. of frets: 22
- Machine heads: chrome open-gear
- Unique features: circle, triangle, square and diamond position markers,
silver plastic deco control plate
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
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Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 16 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2515902552
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Shipping Weight: 10.5 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 43 x 16 x 6 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2515902552

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 480-596-9690

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (24 ratings)
Submitted January 21, 2007 by a customer from

"Nice, simple lap steel at an attractive price"

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
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This will be a valuable addition to the stable. I don't know that I'll be replacing it or supplementing it any time soon. My main instrument is guitar, so this is more of an accent.

I find this steel to have a wide range of sound. It's a single-coil pickup, so if you're in a noisy room, you'll have some hum. I find that I can minimize that by rolling off the tone a bit, though. The volume and tone knobs sweep smoothly through their full range, and there's no scratchiness or noise. I get a REALLY nice tone using just a tiny bit of phase-shifter and a touch of reverb. Use the tone control on the guitar and the amp to make sure you get fullness, not twang.

Not much in the way of features - it's a simple, one pickup, two-control lap steel guitar. I would have liked to see it packed with a gig bag and a steel, though.

Ease of Use
Straight out of the box - just plug and play - it sounds great. Nothing's simpler than a lap steel.

The overall construction is decent, but the parts don't inspire a lot of confidence. BUT - there's not a lot to go wrong. If you treat it nicely, it ought to hold up just fine. The "fingerboard" appears to be just painted with the fretlines and designs, and might not hold up well over the long run.

Great value. It does what it is supposed to do, it has a fine sound, and it's gorgeous. read more

Manufacturer Support
No clue on this one. I've been to the website, and there's a fair amount of information. I don't think thre's a lot to support here, though. It's really a very simple instrument.

The Wow Factor
I wanted it the instant I saw it. Maybe I'm just a sucker for tobacco sunburst.

Musical Background:
Part time active musician

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