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Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar

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The Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar has a larger radius that adds sustain and vibrato. The bar's ergonomic body offers a more comfortable grip ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed for the progressive player.

The Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar has a larger radius that adds sustain and vibrato. The bar's ergonomic body offers a more comfortable grip and side angles that improve speed and clarity for hammer-ons and pull-offs. 3/4" diameter. 2-3/4" length. 0.34 lb.


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DunlopLap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar
 
4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good quality (12)
  • Improves sound (10)
  • Functional (9)
  • Easy to use (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (8)
  • Concerts (6)
  • Back-up (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is one very solid andheavy Tonebar

I am using this on my latest acquisition, a nice Joe Morrell Pro 6 string lapsteel guitar, and am getting great sounds using the tonebar.

I had no idea the...Read complete review

I am using this on my latest acquisition, a nice Joe Morrell Pro 6 string lapsteel guitar, and am getting great sounds using the tonebar.

I had no idea the Tonebar would be as heavy and masssive as it is, and I've had difficulty using it and it quickly tires my left hand. I mentioned this to other players and they say that I'll get used to it, and that you want a heavy tonebar to give it solid tone. They also said most of the time the tonebar rests on the strings and it is often moved while resting on the strings. An observation of my friend's playing appeared to show exactly the opposite, with frequent moves of the bar off the string requiring almost constant lifting. Like anything else, I'm sure I will adapt to the tool and have no reason to think otherwise.

This chrome-plated brass is quite beautiful to behold and if anything should change my initial opinion of this I will update the review.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Lap dawg is a little small

A good value, but if you have big hands go with the stevens brand bar...
I have bigger hands so this is a little small for me, but overall the weight is...Read complete review

A good value, but if you have big hands go with the stevens brand bar...
I have bigger hands so this is a little small for me, but overall the weight is right, nice smooth finish, needed to be knurled on to though for better control, it is a little slippery...

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Dunlop Tonebar feels and works great

By BOB BOTTJER

from Undisclosed

Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

shaped right, good quality. Dunlop products have always been top-notch; this one is no exception.
not much to its 'features' - it's a tonebar , and it is easy to grab and use.
good quality - smooth, grat shape.
I've seen them cheaper, I've seem them more expensive. But I have bought other items from Musicians Friend with no issues, so used them again.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Lap dawg is a little small

By mark rodman

from out west

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Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

A good value, but if you have big hands go with the stevens brand bar...
I have bigger hands so this is a little small for me, but overall the weight is right, nice smooth finish, needed to be knurled on to though for better control, it is a little slippery...

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Dobro slide work

By Travelin' Jack

from Little Rock, AR

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Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

I have had the unit about a month now and am very partial to it. I have the Shubb GS-1 with the wood ergonomic shaped handle and it is great! This little Lap Dawg Chromed Brass slide is amazing. Compared it to a Sheerhorn Tipton slide also Chromed Brass and although they appear to be the same, the Lap Dawg is more balanced and fits my hand better for fast slide especially on cascading down-scale runs and quick slides. Buy it for the price it is the best out there and I have tried a lot of them.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lap Dawg is The "DAWG!"

By Tuchi

from Idaho Falls, Idaho

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing

    Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

    This Tone Bar is very easy to use and it is nice and heavy. It works beautifully and it can be manipulated very easily without dropping it. I use a strange holding method. I've tried to hold like all the pretty white people that play these dobros or lap steels do, but I can't. So my method works just fine.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Good bar

    By Craig

    from Monrovia, MD

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Quality
    • Improves Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

      Helps with the control having a smaller bar in my hand.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Primo

      By catman

      from Springfield, IL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Great Feel
      • Great tone
      • Improves Sound
      • Mproved Dexterity

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fast Licks
        • Single Note Fills

        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        The improved design makes the LapDawg easier to handle for faster single note runs. Forward and backward slants become easier to manage cleanly.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice feel to this bar

        By Karen Kruske

        from Michigan

        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        I am playing a Weissenborn slide guitar with it and also a Recording King metal Tri-cone resonator guitar. It sounds great with both of them; I really like it.
        This is a bit smaller (2.85") than the Stevens that I have and it fits my hand nicely. The weight is about the same as a Stevens. Polished very nicely.
        Quality seems excellent, nicely polished and no scratches or blemishes to slow it down.
        Excellent product for the price.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best tone bar I have come across

        By Renny123

        from SLC, UT

        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        I have been playing the weissenborn for over a year and have used several tone bars and this one for me has the best fit and feel in my hand. I'm going to stick with the lap dawg tone bar.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very durable and comfortable!

        By ZiggyZipgun

        from Pittsburgh, PA

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        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        I like trying out new products, and since I purchased this one, I've probably bought about five different slide bars, all chrome-plated brass. This is the only one that hasn't chipped or scratched somewhere on it, and I've used it more than the others. It's also the most comfortable slide bar I've ever used, so my search is over, it's the only thing I'll use.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Get the Dunlop Long Dawg instead ...

        By D-Rocka

        from Los Angeles

        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        ... unless your hands are *really* small (or your thumb is *really* long), that is. I got this slide and am absolutely convinced that I prefer it both to my Stevens as well as my Shubb GS. The chrome is done better than either, and the wide slope of the curved face plays beautifully. The dimples on each end, however, are prone to chip flakes of chrome ... wish Dunlop could plug them up somehow before plating the slide.My main complaint, however, is that the slide is awfully short. It's only about 1/8" shorter than a Stevens, but the ergonomic handle makes it hard to grab. It's almost a full 1/2" shorter than a Shubb GS with the grip being similarly down-sized. I myself have pretty small hands (2 3/4" index finger and 2" thumb), but the Lap Dawg's is still too short. My index finger protrude far too much past the end of the steel, with my thumb struggling to stay attached to the bar.If in doubt, get yourself the Dunlop Long Dawg (Musician's Friend ID 421677) instead. You won't regret it.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Had No Idea What I Wanted

        By GTRPLYR335

        from Springfield, OH

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Quality

        Cons

        • End Catches On Strings

        Best Uses

        • Starter Bar

        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        The end of the bar needs to be rounder...smoother.
        Possibly the lipstick style bar would be better. Or a bar whose ends are more rounded.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This is one very solid andheavy Tonebar

        By AZGeo

        from Too Sunny Ariz Zone

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Heavy Duty
        • Solid
        • Well Made

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use
        • heavy

        Best Uses

        • Lapsteel Guitar

        Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

        I am using this on my latest acquisition, a nice Joe Morrell Pro 6 string lapsteel guitar, and am getting great sounds using the tonebar.

        I had no idea the Tonebar would be as heavy and masssive as it is, and I've had difficulty using it and it quickly tires my left hand. I mentioned this to other players and they say that I'll get used to it, and that you want a heavy tonebar to give it solid tone. They also said most of the time the tonebar rests on the strings and it is often moved while resting on the strings. An observation of my friend's playing appeared to show exactly the opposite, with frequent moves of the bar off the string requiring almost constant lifting. Like anything else, I'm sure I will adapt to the tool and have no reason to think otherwise.

        This chrome-plated brass is quite beautiful to behold and if anything should change my initial opinion of this I will update the review.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice and meaty

        By Paul E B

        from Quincy, IL

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

          The weight is perfect. Very comfortable and gives (to my ear) a nice rich tone across the strings.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lap Dawg bar

          By Sammy B

          from Dyersburg, TN

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fits Well In Hand
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Great Smaller Size
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

          • Adapting From Longer Bar

          Best Uses

          • Backup
          • Concerts
          • Great All Around
          • Practicing

          Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

          I have used longer bars and it takes time getting use to keeping this one centered on the strings, going from a rounded tip to this one I sometimes "catch" strings on the end. This will go away with practice and retraining yourself.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Lap Dawg

          By Bobby D

          from Hartwood VA

          About Me Novice

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          Pros

          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

              I'm just getting into the resonator scene and this was affordable so I bought it to use with my first resonator. It's made great and sounds great but it's too small for my hands. I will be looking for something a little longer.

              I would recommend it, but only if your hands are on the small side.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              brass tonebar

              By Martina Bitterle

              from USA

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              Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

              made nice slides smooth and good sound
              this is avery nice tonebar , made very nice and smooth ,it slides very smooth and sounds good ,,glad i got it,
              i looked around and musicions friends had it the cheepest,,

              (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Lap Dawg Tonebar

              By Millbrook Boy

              from Kansas

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              Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

              See above.
              I play a 6 string lap steel guitar and have tried a couple sizes of bullet slides, neither of which I felt comfortable with. The lap dawg is easier for me to hold on to and control. Also, if your looking for that Hank WIlliams/ Patsy Cline steel guitar sound, I highly recommend Don Helm's lap steel guitar book "You're cheating heart."
              Excellent
              A bit over priced I think.

               
              5.0

              Works Great

              By Dale

              from Lake Forest, CA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

                  The tonebar is very easy to use with the Gretsch lap steel I recently bought. I have played guitar for 40 years, but this is my first time using a lap steel. So far, so good. The tonebar seems to be an appropriate size and shape.

                   
                  3.0

                  Lap Dawg Tonebar

                  By Mandojeff

                  from Jacksonville, North Carolina

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Functional
                  • Good Quality
                  • Improves Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Concerts
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

                    The length is nice just a bit too heavy requiring a little getting used to but now I'm comfortable with it.

                     
                    5.0

                    Good Solid Feel

                    By Dr. Samurai

                    from Bradenton, FL

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Dunlop Lap Dawg Chromed Brass Tonebar:

                      I've been picking up fretless bass and on a whim, I picked up a lap steel. After watching several videos regarding the type of slide to use, I chose this one over glass slides for the sustain. It's got a nice heft to it, good contour so it's easy to grip, and it gives me a lot of sustain to play with. The price is nice too.

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