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Mahalo MLP-100 Lap Steel Guitar White 

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MahaloMLP-100 Lap Steel Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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        4.0

        Excellent Console Steel

        By Frank Lee

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong
        • Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Mahalo MLP-100 Lap Steel Guitar:

          First and foremost, this console steel (lapsteel on a stand) sounds spectacular. The P90, with its natural mid bump, makes it ideal for lead; and personally, I never use steel for anything other than lead. Though I have no idea who makes the pickup for this more-or-less unknown manufacturer, its tonal qualities meet my needs perfectly. It's smooth, rich and fairly quiet for a singlecoil. The steel nut and fixed bridge probably contribute a bit to this instrument's ability to cut through the mix, too. As a side note, the electronics seem spot on as well. (Initially, I expected to have to mod this instrument out, but the need to do so hasn't arrisen.)

          Secondarily, for an instrument at this price point, its tuning is rock solid. The tuning machines are smooth and solid, as is the instrument in general. Incidentally, the bridge/tailpiece is simply an angled piece of steel with notches. Intonation might be a problem if you're doing the Hawaiian, Country-Western or Novelty chording and comping thing; but if you're just playing indie-psych and soul-funk leads, like me, left-hand bar placement solves that issue easily.

          Finally, the full three octave range: 36 chromatic tone points, which on a fretted instrument would be called frets :) is a unique feature on a lapsteel. Intonation precision gets a little dicey way up there, but that's just the nature of mathematics.

          As a sidenote, the stand and case (though the latter is louder in design than I'd choose) are pretty spectacular, too.

          My only criticism comes down to the finish. If this thing were blond/natural wood, I'd have no bones to pick, whatsoever. But, as it's on a stand, the audience doesn't get the whole trickster-short-board-from-the-80s vibe, which truth be told, might be a selling point in hipster indie circles.

          Overall, for lead, I'd give it five stars. For an all-around console steel, I'd give it four stars. (It's the bridge and its intonation for chording issue that keeps it from a tip-top rating.)

          *I've compared it to Rics, Dobro/Regals, Dickersons, Fenders, Nationals, Vegas, Gretches and Gibsons from before and after WWII that are worth hundreds (and in some cases thousands more)...and personally, primarily for its tone, I prefer this relatively unknown dark horse Mahalo with the wacky (almost tacky) Hawaiian vibe.

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          4.0

          Good beinning lap steel

          By integralsoft

          from New York City

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          Pros

          • Decent Tone
          • Solid Body

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              Comments about Mahalo MLP-100 Lap Steel Guitar:

              This is my first lap steel. I wanted a starter instrument to play until I was sure I wanted to move up. I've enjoyed this instrument a lot and will use it in performance, and don't feel the need to upgrade yet.

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              4.0

              A fantastic instrument for the price!

              By Pineapple872000

              from Lancaster, CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Strong

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Practicing

              Comments about Mahalo MLP-100 Lap Steel Guitar:

              An instrument not only looks good but plays and sounds good! Also, MFI customer service reps are the best people I ever dealt with!

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