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Lap steel guitar (Dynamic model)

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Lap steels were the first commercially successful electric guitars. As they were relatively straightforward to construct and not bound by any previous traditions, their designers made abundant use of new materials, exciting colors, and marvelous shapes. The curved shapes of the headstock, body,...

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About 1991, sold by source unidentified to Walter Carter, Nashville, Tennessee; 2006, sold by Carter to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 22, 2006)

Credit Line

Gift of Byron Poon, by exchange


Object Place

Chicago, Illinois, United States


81.3 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm (32 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, plastic, steel


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones