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Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel  Solid Top Natural

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Luna's Weissenborn-style select acoustic lap steel features the same distinctive abalone fret markers as their High Tide Series ukuleles. A full moon...Click To Read More About This Product

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Special-shaped lap steel with rising tide fret markers for a true Hawaiian Island look and feel.

Luna's Weissenborn-style select acoustic lap steel features the same distinctive abalone fret markers as their High Tide Series ukuleles. A full moon at the first fret tugs at the waves that grace the rosewood fingerboards.

Acoustic lap-style guitars first emerged in Hawaii in the 1890s, where players raised the action of their standard guitars, laid them flat on their laps, and learned to play melodies with a metal bar sliding along the strings. Los Angeles-based luthier Hermann Weissenborn refined the concept in the 1920s. Electric lap steels were developed in response for the desire for louder volume.

FEATURES
  • Abalone 'rising tide' fret markers
  • Body: Weissenborn-style Hawaiian
  • Top: solid mahogany or slect mahogany (depends on which you chose in the drop down menu)
  • Back & Sides: solid mahogany or select mahogany (depends on which you chose in the drop down menu)
  • Neck: mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Indian rosewood
  • Tuners: chrome-plated
  • Scale: 24.5"
  • Nut: ox bone
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Luna GuitarsWeissenborn Lap Steel
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Novice (3)

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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Luna Solid Lap Steel - Best Buy

By GuitarsnRotts

from Western PA

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Pros

  • Good Price
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Mahogany
  • Well made

Cons

  • Light Gauge Strings

Best Uses

  • All Around Player

Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

Finally a good quality Weissenborn guitar at an affordable price. Solid mahogany gives that mellow tone most look for in a hollow-neck Weissenborn. Clean construction, attractive inlays and nicely matched woods add to the overall value of this guitar. Asian-made but high quality makes this a best buy for those looking to try their hand at acoustic lap steel guitar. My only complaint, after questioning Luna's customer service is that is comes standard with light strings. Being that Weissenborns are typically tuned to lower open tunings, it should come fitted with a heavier gauge, Mediums at a minimum. Specialized Weissenborn strings, i.e. John Pearse would be preferable.Will bereplacing the strings as soon as they arrive from Elderly.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

LUNA "WEISSENBORN" - 1st IMPRESSIONS

By TC fan

from USA

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Pros

  • GREAT WAY TO GET STARTED

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

    Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

    I'm a bass player. so my opinions are not that of an expert... I certainly don't claim to be especially knowledgeable on Weissenborn style guitars.

    Given the price point of this "Luna Weissenborn", it's a pretty good deal, especially if it's your 1st guitar of this type. For me, that is the case. The build quality seems pretty good, but not perfect. For this price, you have to be just a little forgiving. Overall, the finish was nice with only 2 minute flaws in areas that would usually go unnoticed.
    The only detail, I was just a little disappointed in, was the detail and finish of the wood bridge itself. It was not well sanded and had a little finish spattered on it. This, I can easily spruce up at my 1st string change. I am waiting on John Pearse 3160L (open D) but I really wanted Newtone Aloha (they were back-ordered most everywhere). Don't let people tell you it's OK to use regular acoustic guitar strings. The string tension can potentially do much damage...
    Guitar manufactures seldom give you measurements, of their instruments, to better gauge the size. To that end, here are a few measurement/ spec.s from mine. All measurements are approx. based on my tools.

    lower bout: 15.75"
    upper bout: 10.5"
    approx. "body length": 21.5"
    overall length: 37.875"
    depth at lower bout: 3.0"
    scale: 24.7"
    nut width: 1.935"
    sound-hole dia.: 3.74"
    string-spread at bridge: 2.4"
    string-spread at nut: 1.5"
    depth at point where "neck" begins: 2.25"

    Overall/Initially, I am quite pleased with this guitar and the price paid. It has a nice tone, which I'm sure will improve with a string change. Luna is just now coming out with a hard case # LSW but none are available just yet.

    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better Than I Expected -- A Lot!

    By PNW_ukebug

    from San Juan island, Washington

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    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Good Tone
    • Stays in tune

    Cons

    • None I Can Think Of

    Best Uses

    • Learning
    • Play For Enjoyment
    • Practicing

    Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

    This guitar arrived in perfect shape, with no dings, blemishes or other flaws, and it sounds at least as good as it looks. After tuning up, I was extremely pleased with the guitar's voice -- full-bodied, sweet and strong without being brash. I have been playing guitar for over 40 years, and have had some great ones and some real clunkers I couldn't wait to get rid of. I can honestly find nothing to dislike about this Luna instrument (although I do wish it were made in the USA). I would have to say that for the price, this is probably the best value I have ever gotten on a new instrument and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great entry-level Weissenborn style lap steel guitar. This one is a keeper!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Came alive after I replaced the strings

    By Booger

    from Wichita

    About Me Novice

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

        attractive guitar, but needed some work. would not stay in tune untill I tightend the nuts on the tuning pegs. Rings like a bell after I put the John Pierce strings on it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not especially well put together

        By Henry Lowe

        from Athens Oh

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Consistent

          Best Uses

            Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

            The fit and dinish are poor. Glue on the fret board and finish lacking in places around the sound hole. The product description says mahogany, but it is not. It's plywood with mahogany veneer. It was inexpensive and sounds good (but soft voiced) so i'll keep it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Nice Instrument

            By Noodler

            from Ann Arbor, MI

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            Pros

            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

              Really Nice looking instrument for the money. Had my eye on this for awhile thought I better get it. Will need to swap strings out as indicated by other reviewers, too light and rusted. Came with a small chip on neck along the binding, can feel it when hand rolls over. Looks like the laminate chipped off. Other than that it looks good and will sound good once I put new strings on. Good for me since I'm a beginner.

               
              5.0

              great for the price

              By kenren10

              from Claymont, DE

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              Pros

              • affordable
              • attractive
              • well built
              • you will have the only one at a jam

              Cons

              • hard to find a case
              • minor cosmetic issues
              • quiet without finger & thumb picks

              Best Uses

              • exploring new sounds
              • getting out of a rut!
              • Jams
              • Noodling around at home
              • Picking parties

              Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

              I got this on the SDOTD as I have been exploring slide playing due to arthritis challenges. I was pleasantly surprised by the build quality and look - it's simple but not without bling. For the money it's quite incredible. The only cosmetic issue I found was that a few of the maple fret markers were missing short sections (or maybe got stained from the fretboard). These strips are very thin and scraped flush to the fretboard so it's not hard to imagine them getting pulled out during sanding or scraping. Regardless, it makes no difference to playing and isn't obvious unless you look.
              The instrument's tone is sweet but quiet with bare fingers. I know most of these are usually used by Dobro players (aside from Ben Harper) and so usually are played with a thumbpick & fingerpicks which brings the volume up substantially once you get the hang of it (I'm OK with thumbpicks but still looking for finger picks I like). It's not a problem to me now as I don't really want to be heard above the jam until I get some chops on the instrument. I have tried a few tunings from Cindy Cashdollar's site but for now it's in C as I haven't experimented with higher tunings and heavier strings (or soundhole pickups a la Ben Harper). If you are tired of being the 18th picker to show up at a jam with a guitar and you don't play mandolin or fiddle, give this a try. You will likely be the best Weissenborn player at ANY jam!

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              very good deal nice weissenborn guitar at a terrific price

              By KJ

              from Columbus, Ohio

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Luna Guitars Weissenborn Lap Steel:

                bought this guitar to learn on the only drawback is it is acoustic, which I wanted, but I might drive my wife crazy trying to learn.

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