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Artisan EA-2 Lap Steel Guitar with Stand and Gig Bag

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Get those classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the highly affordable Artisan EA-2 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body and neck w...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great whinin' axe at a phenomenal price!

Get those classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with the highly affordable Artisan EA-2 Lap Steel Guitar. It features a hardwood body and neck with position markers, a single coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware, and a stainless steel pickguard.

FEATURES
  • Produces classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones
  • Hardwood body
  • Hardwood neck with position markers
  • Single-coil pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • Stainless steel pickguard

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4.0

(based on 20 reviews)

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A very good deal for the price

I finally received my EA-2 today after it being back ordered for months. It came well packed, with the legs in a separate bag. I wish the bags were somehow connected, but...Read complete review

I finally received my EA-2 today after it being back ordered for months. It came well packed, with the legs in a separate bag. I wish the bags were somehow connected, but I think this is a good cost-saving compromise.The three legs are made of thin metal, but feel sturdy when installed, and fit well into the recessed holes provided. I think they've upgraded the tuners as well - they seem much nicer than I remember on the EA-1. The connectors are tight and should last for a while. Because the leg holes are recessed, you can play this guitar on your lap like the EA-1 without discomfort.The bottom part of the legs (the part that fits into the top) is numbered in inches up to 35. I like this feature, because you can set the legs to the same mark each time you set up. My biggest problem is the legs aren't long enough to play while standing. I'm only 5'8" tall and with the legs fully extended, the guitar comes up to the top of my legs, so I have to lean over slightly to play. If you're playing while seated, the legs are arranged so they stay out of your way.The bridge is an adjustable bridge, which I don't think I'll ever adjust. The nut is made of wood. If I had to upgrade it, it doesn't look like it would be a big deal.The fretboard is black plastic with gold paint for the frets, and is screwed into the wooden body. The frets appear to be accurately placed. There are fret markers in Roman numerals at III, V, VII, IX, and XII, with the same markers repeating in the next octave (rather than XV, XX, etc.). The paint on the fretboard looks like it will come off easily, but I don't plan on fretting about it.The tone and volume controls work as expected. The pickup is a generic black pickup. I don't have an amp here at work to plug it in, but I'll try to experiment with it when I take it home.I put on a new set of GM Lap Steel strings (.018 to .056), tuned it to open D (bass to treble D A D F# A D), and played for a while. All in all this is a great deal. It won't replace any of my other guitars, but it's a good one to have hanging around the office or in the bedroom, and if it gets damaged, I won't lose any sleep over it. I wish the legs were longer, but that's about my only complaint.

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Musician's Friend Blew it again

I bought the Artisan which is a good instrument, however, Musician's Friend supplied the wrong accessories per salesperson recommendations. When I ordered the correct replacement items, they are not available until March...Read complete review

I bought the Artisan which is a good instrument, however, Musician's Friend supplied the wrong accessories per salesperson recommendations. When I ordered the correct replacement items, they are not available until March 2006. I will buy from Sweetwater in the future because Musician's Friend cannot get it right.

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4.0

I must have got a good one.

By LynnMassGuy-IrXFj

from Lynn, MA

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My works fine. I'm actually surprised how passable I sound on it. I ordered it with a set of Morrell open E strings. The strings that come on it are ridiculous crap. I also ordered it with a 90 degree cable which resolves the input being in a stupid place. Worth the money I think. I haven't tried the legs and I don't really care to.

 
4.0

Hello Pink Floyd

By Tim-AjXCh

from Quincy, MA

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I got this thing about a week ago. Finally got the chance to really dig in to it last night. It's completely addicitive, I spent 4 straight hours on it. Sounds awesome once you get a few techniques down. I'm a beginner but have played guitar for a long time- and this is perfect for what I needed. You can't beat this sound for the price- less than the average effects pedal! I'd suggest tuning it to Open E to start with, and you probably want a volume pedal and a little delay on there. Within minutes I was playing along with the Dark Side of the Moon- and it wasn't hard to duplicate those sounds. Not the highest quality craftsmanship- but not a toy either- gets the job done, and a great deal at this price.

 
3.0

Musician's Friend Blew it again

By Melvin Taylor

from Kelseyville, CA

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I bought the Artisan which is a good instrument, however, Musician's Friend supplied the wrong accessories per salesperson recommendations. When I ordered the correct replacement items, they are not available until March 2006. I will buy from Sweetwater in the future because Musician's Friend cannot get it right.

 
4.0

Lap Steel

By kev_2998

from Santa Maria, CA

I bought this as just something to play around with. The first thing I did was snap a string. With a new set of quality strings it sounds ok. The amp makes a big difference in the sound. I plan to upgrade the pickup, maybe install a bone nut, then it should really wail. It is great to play around with.

 
2.0

its slides....

By BeeCzar

from Az

the nut cracked on this thing inexplicably, and one of the teeth on one of the tuning pegs broke... so at this price i dunno that its worth fixing. the pickup is pretty weak too.. if i were to do it again i'd pony up a little more cash and move up the food chain.

 
5.0

A very good deal for the price

By Wellvis

from San Bruno, CA

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I finally received my EA-2 today after it being back ordered for months. It came well packed, with the legs in a separate bag. I wish the bags were somehow connected, but I think this is a good cost-saving compromise.The three legs are made of thin metal, but feel sturdy when installed, and fit well into the recessed holes provided. I think they've upgraded the tuners as well - they seem much nicer than I remember on the EA-1. The connectors are tight and should last for a while. Because the leg holes are recessed, you can play this guitar on your lap like the EA-1 without discomfort.The bottom part of the legs (the part that fits into the top) is numbered in inches up to 35. I like this feature, because you can set the legs to the same mark each time you set up. My biggest problem is the legs aren't long enough to play while standing. I'm only 5'8" tall and with the legs fully extended, the guitar comes up to the top of my legs, so I have to lean over slightly to play. If you're playing while seated, the legs are arranged so they stay out of your way.The bridge is an adjustable bridge, which I don't think I'll ever adjust. The nut is made of wood. If I had to upgrade it, it doesn't look like it would be a big deal.The fretboard is black plastic with gold paint for the frets, and is screwed into the wooden body. The frets appear to be accurately placed. There are fret markers in Roman numerals at III, V, VII, IX, and XII, with the same markers repeating in the next octave (rather than XV, XX, etc.). The paint on the fretboard looks like it will come off easily, but I don't plan on fretting about it.The tone and volume controls work as expected. The pickup is a generic black pickup. I don't have an amp here at work to plug it in, but I'll try to experiment with it when I take it home.I put on a new set of GM Lap Steel strings (.018 to .056), tuned it to open D (bass to treble D A D F# A D), and played for a while. All in all this is a great deal. It won't replace any of my other guitars, but it's a good one to have hanging around the office or in the bedroom, and if it gets damaged, I won't lose any sleep over it. I wish the legs were longer, but that's about my only complaint.

 
4.0

Okay for a serious player, great for a hobbiest

By Steveee-UJ08I

from Old Bridge, Nj

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If you just want a lap steel guitar to play around with, and have nothing special with gigging or recording this one is your best choice. This has everything a normal lap steel has and its a pretty good deal for the price, especially with the gig bag included.

 
1.0

Piece of Crap

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Designed poorly with the jack on the wrong side, worthless wood nut, crummy pickup, and the worst strings I have ever encountered. I don't know what material this thing is made of, but the tone is pathetic. Spend a little more and get something good like a Chandler.

 
5.0

Excellent first lap steel

By tube junkie

from Poolesville, MD

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I just unpacked it. For the price, it is finished much better than I expected. Tuning gears are adequate, and volume pot needs to be lubricated, but it tuned up quickly, holds tuning and palys and sounds great. Use a flat profile right angle 1/4 inch plug in the jack.Stand is really great feature for switching from playing lead to steel and back when playing live.Overall it gets a 10 in my book

 
4.0

Buy it and play it!

By WCHero

from Orange County, CA

After reading other reviews and for the money I decided to get this lap steel. I had never played a lap steel before, but it has already provided me with hours of fun. The strings it comes with aren't very good and the tuners are a little difficult to tune with (tighten them up and they're better) and put some better strings on it, get a 90 degree cable, a nylon thumb pick and a couple of National steel picks and a comfortable chrome slide (try to match the slide to your hand size) and you're on your way to playing Country, BlueGrass and Blues (CBGB). Don't count on the legs as an actual playing stand. The threads tore out of the bottom when I tried to use it for the first time. A small keyboard stand is better. All in all a great deal of playing fun for a little dough!

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