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1936 Epiphone Electar Lap Steel Guitar w/ Meissner horseshoe pickup Excellent condition. One of my favorite lap steels. One of the few models I keep in my personal collection. In vintage lap steel guitars I generally find horseshoe pickups to be the best. And Meissner's have an edge over most Rickenbachers from the same era. Bigger stronger magnets. Higher output. Great overall signal translation. B.F. Meissner was a pioneer electronic engineer in the audio amplification field. He patented an electric piano in the early '30's. And developed electric instruments of many types. From harmonicas to tympani. He made horseshoe pickups that have been found on a few models of Epiphone, Vega & Oahu lap steel guitars from 1936. Then Rickenbacher's lawyer threatened a lawsuit and we no longer saw these pickups being used. I've been interested in vintage lap steels for about 47 years now & have been fortunate to familiarize myself with all known models of the horseshoe pups. My favorite vintage lap steels have been wooden bodied models with horseshoe pups. This version has 2 tone controls that allow a wider tonal range than I’ve known on other guitars. This particular instrument is beautifully executed. A painted and etched aluminum top plate extends (& reinforces) up the neck to the nut. One hell of a pickguard. This guitar shows little wear. I've seen new demo guitars that were in worse condition. This is classic museum quality. A review from another vintage gear aficionado: An interesting early lap steel from Epiphone. The black-painted wooden body is oblong with stepped edges; Art Deco ornamentation is etched into a metal top overlay; the whole effect is very "1930's skyscraper at night". The horseshoe-magnet pickup is very reminiscent of Rickenbacker except for a rough black finish instead of chrome on the magnets. The coil is wrapped in black tape and features a solid bar polepiece. Three black octagonal knobs, two of which are tone controls that work in conjunction. The bound rosewood fingerboard has multicolored dot inlay and inlayed fret lines. The nut and tailpiece/bridge combination are milled aluminum. The tuners are individual open back Grover Sta-tites with metal buttons. The headstock metal plate reads "Epiphone Electar" and there is a plate on the back referencing the licensed patents of Meissner Inventions, a firm that in the 1930's claimed patent protection on the concept of electric musical instruments. There are also purple felt-covered pads on the back of the instrument. Overall length is 30.25 in. (76.8 cm.), 7.25 in. (18.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1.75 in. (4.4 cm.) deep. Scale length is 22.5 in. (572 mm.). About me: I try to acquire, play, and sell only the finest most sought after instruments. I vastly prefer mint or near mint works of gear. I’ve been a collector for over 49 years. Over 650 vintage guitars have passed through my hands. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I've had several of this model, but this is the cleanest I’ve seen other than when they were new. It's so pristine I considered keeping it for myself.........but I have way more than enough gear as it is. Museum time capsule quality. Fantastic looks, Superb player.


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