Magazine article Guitar Player

Pawnshop Prize: Gibson EH-100

Magazine article Guitar Player

Pawnshop Prize: Gibson EH-100

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When it comes to stretching your vintage guitar bucks and your sonic boundaries, nothing beats an old lap steel. Steels come in a variety of flavors--6-string, 8-string, single-neck, and double-neck--and even old Fenders and Gibsons are surprisingly inexpensive. in fact, considering that the '50s-era models were made alongside (and from the same great materials as) classic Strats, Teles, and Les Pauls, it seems downright silly not to own at least one.

Lap steel is a lot easier to learn than, say, accordion or violin, and it can add serious depth and personality to your recordings--just ask David Lindley or Jimmy Page. And you don't have to start out sounding dopey either A simple recipe that can make a neophyte steeler sound cool goes like this: Tune the instrument to open E, D, or G (or even standard tuning), patch a rotary-speaker simulator in the effects loop of your amp or mixer (DigiTech's RPM-1 is a great choice), add distortion, sprinkle in some reverb or delay, and groove on the vibe. …

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