Dunlop 926 Lap Dawg Tonebar

Need a slide for your lap steel? With its comfortable, easy-to-grip body, Dunlop's Lap Dawg tone bar is a great choice.

Overall User Ratings (based on 1 ratings)
  • Overall:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sound:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Features:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ease of Use:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Value:
    5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wow Factor:
    5 out of 5 stars
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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Submitted May 14, 2024 by Joey T in Marion, IN

"Perfect small-size tonebar"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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I finally broke down and decided to get a tonebar for my Dobro. I've been using a glass finger tube ever since I started learning (which most people don't recommend). The tonebar changed the game! Everything sounds brighter (in a good way) than the glass tube. The string-side surface is curved like the glass tube, but the sides and top contours make it MUCH easier to hold onto- which results in fingers and thumb not accidentally slipping down and muting strings when you don't want to. It also comes in a plastic storage tube with a cap- not something that they had to do (It's a chunk of chrome-plated brass, after all), but it is a nice touch. If you're just starting out doing slide on a Dobro (or a lap steel, which this product is made for), don't repeat my mistake- get this tonebar!
I can only vouch for using this product with a Dobro, but it sounds MUCH better and stays in your hand easier than the glass tube. It actually makes me pick up the Dobro more often than I did.
The best feature (other than the tone) would be the sculpted top and sides. It makes it easy to keep a hold of without muting accidentally. Plus, it's a chrome-plated hunk of brass- about 5 ounces. You can feel the quality.
Ease of Use
It sounds amazing compared to my glass tube. I ordered this at the same time I ordered the D'Addario/National brass finger pick set to replace my cheap steelies. The old Dobro sounds like a totally different instrument!
Well, it's a chunk of brass coated in chrome plating. I'm not sure you could wear it out any time soon.
I mean, when you consider how long a quality tone bar will last, I'd say the price is pretty darned good. It's similar in price to the strings I use for my 5-string bass guitar. I'll probably replace those strings quite a few times before I ever need to replace this tone bar.
Manufacturer Support
I've dealt with Dunlop before (on a different product). They were helpful, friendly, and promptly answered my questions.
The Wow Factor
Coming from a glass tube, the contours and the weight were what I found appealing.

Musical Background:

Drums, Bass, Dobro, Harmonica, Recording

Musical Style:

Just about anything.
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