• 1937 Recording King AB-104 Roy Schmeck Lap Steel

    Category: Product Condition: Pre-Owned

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    Pretty Gibson EH-100 Lap Steel with the praised Bar pickup with cream plastic bobbin. Full functioning old lady delivering classic slide notes and much more.

    The Recording King brand was marketed by Montgomery Ward, a large mail order sales catalog company. Their guitars and lap steels were manufactured by the Gibson Company at the Kalamazoo factory between 1937 and 1941. This one has a pear-shaped Curly Maple body with a tobacco sunburst finish. It has a bound Rosewood fingerboard and a single coil “Charlie Christian” blade pickup. Roy Schmeck was a famous musician and steel guitarist who endorsed this model. He started off playing on the 1920s vaudeville stage and then brought the lap steel guitar to early recordings, radio, cinema, and television.

    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. And be sure not to miss the phenomenal LAPSTEELATOR.  Back in the days the original retail price was…100 USD. She shows lots of marks that tell stories of her travels. One would say aged to perfection. Here technical condition is great and she sound sweet.

    Consignment sale, no trades

    Price includes:

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    • One year Diamond Guitars Warranty
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    • Type: H-100
    • FON: EW-770
    • Year: 1939
    • Body: Northern Maple with Ivoroid bound top
    • Fretboard: V-end bound Rosewood with 29 frets
    • Fretboard markers: Dot inlay
    • Pickup: Charlie Christian with multi bound black bobbin
    • Finish: Chocolate brown with Sunburst shading on top, back and neck
    • Headstock logo: Pearloid Recording King logo with Crown
    • Tuners: Nickel open gear
    • Bridge cover with hand rest
    • Body size: 14″ long, 9″wide and 17/8″deep
    • Case: Geib Faultless plywood with aeroplane cloth