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Gibson EH-275 Lapsteel 1940 (SOLD)


Gibson introduced their top of the line EH-275 in September 1940 with the only reference found in the Catalog AA supplement for October of that year. Most sources state that the lap steel guitar was invented by Joseph Kekuku in 1885. The story is that, at the age of 7, Kekuku was walking along a railroad track and picked up a metal bolt, slid the metal along the strings of his guitar and was intrigued by the sound. He taught himself to play using this method with the back of a knife blade. The instrument became a major fad in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. The instrument became especially popular in Hawaii, as musicians played in tent-rep shows. It was electrified in the early 1930s, and in 1932 the first production electric guitar was introduced, the aluminum Ro-Pat-In (later Rickenbacker) A22 "Frying Pan" lap steel. This made the so-called "Hawaiian" guitar the first electric stringed instrument (just a few years before Les Paul and Charlie Christian modified their instruments). The earliest documented performance with an electrically amplified guitar was in 1932, by Gage Brewer. The lap steel, dobro and pedal steel guitar are associated most closely with Hawaiian music, country music and bluegrass, though some players have used them in rock music, jazz, blues, and other musical genres. Go check out John Paul Jones HERE, and Davil Gilmoure HERE.

The natural maple finish, heavy tortiseshell binding and colored fret markers set it apart from the EH-185 model. This unique lapsteel guitar was introduced in September 1940 and discontinued 1942. About 25 of them were shipped to dealers. So this is a very rare bird indeed. This wonderful instrument is part of a larger collection of four Gibson lap steel instument. Let us know if you want more details about the collection.

George Gruhn assesed the instrument and his conclusions can be read in the enclosed letter. Consignment instrument. No trades!


OUR PRICE: € 2.950,-

  • one year Diamond Guitars limited warranty
  • Free shipping within the Netherland and to Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany.
  • We ship worldwide. Call or mail for costs.
  • VAT does not apply.
  • 14 day Return policy applies: http://www.diamondguitars.nl/services/shipping-a-shop-policies.html
  • Pickup of your guitar for repair, consignment or trade can be arranged.
  • Type: EH-275
  • Serial number: F1162-4
  • Body: hollow guitar shaped flame Maple
  • Shoulder taper into neck
  • ES-300 type pickup mounted at a slant
  • 1 piece metal plate painted crinkle brown extends from peghead to pickguard (under fingerboard) covering most of lower bout
  • Peghead is part of metal plate
  • Wood neckpiece bolts onto back of metal plate
  • Tortoise grain binding on top and back
  • Rosewood fingerboard with V-end
  • White fingerboard binding
  • White and yellow block fingerboard inlays
  • Multi-colored inlaid fret markers
  • Slotted peghead
  • Top tuners
  • Natural finish