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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 with position markers, a single coil pickup, volume and tone controls, chrome hardware, and a stainless steel pickguard.
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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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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.
Lets face it, its not meant to last a lifetime at this price. I would only purchase this as a first lap to see if its something your going to stick with. A friend gave this to me after purchasing it, because after a month the volume pot went out. The parts used to build it are cheap and frail, but again, what did you expect for this rock bottom price? If your going to purchase this a I suggest new strings and new volume/tone pots. You get new pots and its might last a lifetime.
Just like when your mom refused to buy you a Les Paul as your first guitar, so should you start your lap slide playing with this guitar. I've had mine for a little over a year and have been gigging with it for almost as long. Although the placement of the input jack could have only been engineered by monkeys, an L end cable easily fixes the blunder. I throw this thing in the back of the trailer like a guitar stand every night and haven't had a problem yet. Using a Lap Dog slide, Ben harper and Duane Allman tones are easy to reproduce with the help of a tubescreamer. There is no way to be disappointed in an instrument with so much use and such a small price tag. I even used this thing in the studio with great results.
I was pleased with this item especially the price. It is a great starter laptop but I'm already thinking of up grading. Most notable dislikes are the wood nut, which I will replace with a bone nut. The jack input is on the wrong side and hence you must use a right angle plug. The pick up is very weak. I plan on replacing it with a Fender single coil. The legs are great but I wouldn't trust them with too much abuse. All in all a good player at home but not one to gig with. Replace the strings when you get it, replace the nut and it improves 100%. Spend $50.00 on it and it's as good or better then the Chandler, put a hot p/u in it and you have a killer.
I bought the Artisan Lap Steel because I had always been interested in learning steel guitar. I have the metaliic red version and I think it looks pretty nice. I plugged it into my audio interface and processed it with Guitar Rig II and it sounds pretty good. I learned how to play "And You And I" by Yes. I was able to get somewhat close to the right tone. One of the legs tore out while I was playing it but I fixed it. Could use a hotter pick up, but what do you expect for this price? Overall for the price, I like it. Good instrument to learn on.
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!
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.
This is a pretty killer little instrument. I never played steel before and just like to experiment with different things. I guess since I've not played any nice steel guitars, I dont have any basis for comparison, but it has a nice tone, stays in tune well, and plays well. Only two issues have come up, it was difficult to tune when it arrive, probably more because I had never tuned anything to open G by ear before. Also the jack is in a terrible position, but I just pick a little higher up to compensate and havent had too much trouble yet.
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.
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.