Gibson EH-150 Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1939)

Gibson  EH-150 Lap Steel Electric Guitar  (1939)
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Gibson EH-150 Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1939), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # EGE-2601, sunburst lacquer finish, maple body and neck, rosewood fingerboard, original tweed hard shell case.

The EH-150 with the "Charlie Christian" style blade pickup is generally considered the best lap steel guitar in Gibson's history, one of the most popular instruments of its type from the 1930's until now. This 1939 model has the second generation blade pickup with the smaller U-shaped magnet underneath but the same coil structure as the earlier models.

With a beautiful burl maple top triple-bound in celluloid and fancy pearl peghead inlay this is a very attractive guitar, with a typical classy Gibson look. These semi-hollow maple steels from Kalamazoo have a rich, powerful tone with plenty of definition. Along with the Rickenbacker B-6 the EH-150 was generally considered the top professional choice of its era. This one has been well-used but remains an excellent playing and sounding steel more than 80 years later.
 
Overall length is 32 in. (81.3 cm.), 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. (572 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.).
This steel shows the signs of a lot of play time overall, but no major damage or repair. The finish has dings, dents and scrapes all over the instrument but the only notable wear into the wood is a couple of small finger marks just below the bottom tip of the fingerboard.

The guitar remains all original except one Grover tuner was neatly replaced with a 1950's Waverly, probably in the 1950's! This is not realty noticeable from the front, anyway, as the shaft and button are a good match. The tone knob has a chipped-off section on the lower edge, but still functions as it should. Overall this is a good player's example of this seminal electric Hawaiian guitar, still sounding great and complete in the original tweed HSC. Very Good + Condition.