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Epiphone Electar 1939 Century Electric Lap Steel Guitar (with Gig Bag)

Epiphone Electar 1939 Century Electric Lap Steel Guitar (with Gig Bag)

Inspired by the original 1939 Electar lap steel, this reincarnation features a plexiglass fingerboard, mahogany teardrop body, and a 500B "Blade" humbucker.

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Submitted October 3, 2019 by Wade E in Tucson, AZ
"NEEDS A LITTLE HELP"
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Don't expect to take it out of the box and play it. After you do a couple things it is a really nice sounding and playing lap steel. Here is what I did:1 First off do not even try to tune it with the factory strings. Order some GHS C6 for Hawaiian or country, or E tuning strings for other with the guitar. Myself I like the C6 strings on this guitar a lot.2 The nut grooves may need to have a few swipes with a file to deepen them a tad so the middle strings stay in place.3 Deposit the pickup cover with the factory strings and put the screws back in the holes. Its for show only. Now you can do palm muting and your hand rests nicely.Now you have a really nice sounding lap steel. The string spacing at the nut is wide where it is suppose to be. Easy to dip your tone bar for notes and room for finger picks between the stings. Don't get all crazy and send it back. You will regret it. This guitar sounds beautiful.
Musical Background:
Professional
Musical Style:
Blues Country Hawaiian Lap.
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Submitted June 21, 2019 by Michael Evans in Upton, MA
"Not bad but not great"
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I want to love this guitar. Looks wise it is very nice. But it is not built well. It buzzs a lot. I had to shim the nut (which was very loose) to get it to somewhat stop. The finish is very soft and scratches very easy. Tuners are a bit loose but seem to hold somewhat. I am playing in high G. Strings, like most inexpensive lap steels are 9 gauge guitar strings and nearly useless, they do make noise but are way too slinky. Bag is not very padded, just nylon with a soft inner liner. Pickup is decent. Every screw on the guitar was loose. The nut seems to be slotted now which some early reviews said was not done. Overall decent looking and ok playing but still a cheap guitar. I think it should be a bit better at this price point but not terrible value.
Musical Background:
40+ years of playing guitar.
Musical Style:
blues, folk, bluegrass
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