Maestro Lap Steel Electric Guitar, made by Magnatone (1950)

Maestro Lap Steel Electric Guitar, made by Magnatone (1950)
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Maestro Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar, made by Magnatone (1950), Los Angeles, California.
 
Overall length is 30 1/4 in. (76.8 cm.), 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 1/2 in. (597 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/4 in. (57 mm.).

This striking-looking steel -- a visual symphony in green pearloid and blue and white plastic -- is a product of Magnatone, issued under the Maestro brand name. It has the typical period Magnatone pickup mounted in the body, a fairly bright yet sweet-sounding unit. It is in good cosmetic condition with some replaced parts; the tuners are Wilkinson-branded Kluson Deluxe re-issues. The pickup is original, but the wiring rig is replaced; the original pots dated to 1950 are included but are non-functional. This is a nifty little steel, a fairly rare variation n the typical '50s Magnatone template and a good-sounding guitar still. It is still in the original oblong case, with a tag from a music store in Fostoria, Ohio on the handle. Excellent Condition.