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Handcrafted lap steel guitars by Harrill Guitars
Lap Steel Guitars By Harrill Guitars
MY THOUGHTS ON lap steel guitars are quite simple.

As I previously mentioned on the About Harrill Guitars page, my introduction to guitar making was through building myself a lap steel.

It is possible to make a functioning lap steel guitar with an old table leg and some other generic parts.

Indeed, in my experience, most lap steels are little more than planks with strings!

So my question is: Why should you not strive to create something beautiful and exciting?
 
A Few Words About Lap Steel Guitars
Roy Harrill playing the Granny Mills lap steel guitar by Harrill Guitars.
THE STRINGS OF a lap steel guitar are elevated at the bridge and nut to a height of usually half and inch. The strings do not make contact with the frets, which are essentially just markers.

As the name suggests, the guitar is generally placed on the player’s lap. For stand-up playing, the lap steel can be supported with a strap around the player’s neck, thus holding the guitar in a horizontal position.

A steel (or tone bar) is held in the player’s fretting hand, and is moved along the strings to change the instrument's pitch, while the other hand plucks the strings.
 
The Bubinga Lap Steel by Harrill Guitars. Book-matched bubinga top, bound ebony fretboard with amber LED fret markers, 5-piece through neck construction of flamed maple and mahogany with a mini humbucker pickup. The Longhorn Lap Steel by Harrill Guitars. Figured book-matched sweet chestnut top, rosewood fingerboard, fitted with green LED fret markers, a through neck 5-piece American black walnut body/neck with maple inner rails and mini humbucker pickup.
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