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Artisan EA-1 Electric Lap Steel Guitar

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Get those classic country, Hawaiian, and blues tones with this highly affordable lap steel. It features a hardwood body and neck with position marker...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 this highly affordable lap steel. 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.

  • 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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Most Liked Positive Review


Worth every penny!

This is a surprisingly nice lap steel! I mean, there's not that much to a lap steel, contrary to what the steelers want you to believe. Making a lap steel you don't have...Read complete review

This is a surprisingly nice lap steel! I mean, there's not that much to a lap steel, contrary to what the steelers want you to believe. Making a lap steel you don't have to deal with frets, just somewhat close fret placement. Then there's a pickup, a bridge, some strings, and a nut, and that's it! I've built lap steels, and it's not rocket science! And this one has all you need to get a really good sound. The sound of the lap steel is all about the bar, and is so much cooler than a regular guitar because you can play infinite notes not just the 12 note chromatic scale. It's like the violin or trombone in that you get infinite notes, unlike guitar or piano. And you can bend maybe one or two strings on regular guitar, but on the lap steel you can "bend" them all at once! Very cool! So, the value of this instrument is not the materials or workmanship, those are no big deal. The inherent value is in the "fun value" of playing a lap steel, this one or any other. It just so happens that this lap steel will stand up to any lap steel on the market, IMO. And as for the wood nut, I have used mine for a year now and it has no problems whatsoever! I was worried when I read that review that said it chipped and broke, and that seemed possible, but in reality it doesn't happen. That guy must have dropped his or something, LOL! Anyway, you can't be the musical bang for the buck with this purchase!


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Great Starter Lap

Was in good shape when it arrived, except the tone post was slightly pushed through the knob (not a problem and will replace sometime). You MUST put on new strings (I used...Read complete review

Was in good shape when it arrived, except the tone post was slightly pushed through the knob (not a problem and will replace sometime). You MUST put on new strings (I used Dean Markley 16-56) and a metal nut (I used a spare metal nut extender I was using on an acoustic--just lay it over top of the wood nut) right after you test it to make sure it works. These changes improve the sound/playability significantly to where it makes it fun to learn on! When you put on the new strings/nut make sure the stings are wound on the tuning pegs to the CENTER of the guitar rather than the outide of the guitar (the way mine came) otherwise the nut will not stay on properly. I play this straight into my Fender Twin Reverb for a super clean sound (some reverb) or through a Ibenez TS9 Tubscreamer for GREAT hardcore blues tone!

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By Stubby Phillips

from pittsburgh, PA

Got it. Love it. Played it at a gig last night. Cheap and really fun.I thought the hardware (tuners, pickup, bridge) would be nasty, but no. Cheap but functional.The pickup sounds pretty good: about the same as a Squier Strat pickup.Buy strings for it, though. The factory ones were aweful.Make sure you have a right-angle guitar cable too. The position of the output jack necessitates it.And make sure you have a slide. Your lighter sounds OK, but a real slide is WAY better.I want two more of these. One for C6 and one for DADGAD. That'll cost me about a hundred bux. Not a bad deal, if ya ask me.

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good sound, worth the money

By alex2397

from Scotland

I have three lap steels and enjoy playing all as they are tuned differently. They sound great with whatever style you play from pop,country, rock or hawian. Well worth the money. Alex


Great Lap Steel

By Tridyed

from Tulsa, Oklahoma

About Me Gigging Musician


  • Low price


  • Wish it had a humbucker pickup in there.

Best Uses

    I have had this in a black and gold metal flake for years. I always find at least one song in every band that I can use it for something. Great price of a lap steel and priced so it's easy to get into. Turn up your amp and find a tuning you like (I am open E most times)

    Kick back and enjoy.

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    A Good Buy

    By Judge

    from Westfield, NJ

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    The first one I received looked great, tuned up and played fine (change those strings). Then I plugged it in. Nothing - practically no signal at all. I packed it up and shipped it back to MF who sent me a new one in about 2 weeks. This one looks and works just fine. I have not yet had to replace the wooden nut, but I have a metal nut in reserve just in case. With proper tweaking of my amp and the controls on the guitar, I'm able to get a very nice, sweet sound. I also plug it directly into a mixing board in a digital recording studio situation and it performs very well. All and all, it's a very good buy and they throw in a gig bag.


    So that's why it is so cheap...

    By Legendarylarry

    from Englewood, TN

    I ordered a blue one. The one I received was black. But that was the least of my problems. The paint had a big chip missing, the wooden bridge/nut on the tuner end hadn't been notched properly--some to deep, some not deep enough and not evenly spaced. Some of the screws that hold it together were only half screwed in. Rusted strings, scratchy volume pot, ... It helps me understand why it is so cheap. Save your money and buy a good quality product.


    Artisan EA-1 Electric Lap Steel Guitar

    By Colorado John

    from Greeley, CO

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    Don't let the inexpensive price fool you. This is a quality instrument and is well worth the price. The guitar's finish is beautiful and the tone is wonderfully warm and sustaining. Since I use the C6 tuning I did replace the original strings with a suitable set. Also, the included gig bag is perfect for carrying the guitar to jam sessions with friends. You will need an angled cable because of the weird placement of the pickup jack. Be sure to order picks and a steel tone bar when you order your guitar as none are included. I would recommend this guitar to beginners and experienced players alike.


    get it if your new

    By adam-ASoMp

    from cudahy, WI

    i just got this artisan lap steel and for the money its great. with in 10min of getting it i was cranking out ben harper songs and making up some good stuff of my own. if your just starting out i would recomend it. for the money you cant beat it


    good basic lap steel

    By Happydog

    from New Orleans, LA

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    Very functional lap steel. Excellent value for money. Good sound, but it does have a single coil pickup and it is not shielded, so there is some hum. The jack is in the worst conceivable place; blocks your right hand. I plan to drill a new hole for it. Sound is very sweet and steel-guitar like, as you might expect. Overall an excellent value for the money and very well made. My only problem with it is the damn input jack; why did they put it there?



    By TBone-GXtLu

    from Bartow, Fl.

    Can't beatit for the money. I have a 62 Teisco EG-U long scale that really wails. This steel has a shorter scale but it is very playable. I was very suprised that it is such a nice instrument for the money. A friend of mine heard my lap steel and bought two of these and gave me one since I give him guitar lessons anyway, how cool is that? I like it so much that I'm going to order another one for my son. The only negative comment I have is that I don't know why they would use a wooden bridge, but I can replace that easy enough. I've played lead guitar semi-professionally for over 25 years and my lap steel has been in the closet for over 15 years. I pulled it out and now I'm hooked. I would tell anyone that wants a good lap steel for little money to get one of these. I love mine!


    Cant beat the price

    By Capt Mike

    from Ragley, LA

    I've used it on home recordings. Blues country swing and original rock. Only thing I'd change is the location of the jack connection. Gets in the way on top. But a great buy!


    Artisan Lap Steel

    By waverider

    from Rising Sun, MD

    Unreal value. Plays and sounds great.


    Best Axe for Value on Market

    By Ah!ride-Yah

    from San Antonio, TX

    Do not let the whiners scare you away from this great deal. So the jack is not where somebody likes it, or the bridge is not high enough. For the money this jewel has the authenticity of sound of any lap steel on the market, call them Vintage, Hawaiian made, Selected woods, whatever, if you want authentic lap steel sound for pennies a day, This is the slide man's machine, buy it and don't look back!


    Waste of Money

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    I read most of 30 reviews on this "instrument" before ordering it. When it arrived, the tuner for the fifth string would not take any tension at all. I packed it up the same day and arranged to ship it back. Don't waste your time nor money on this piece of junk. I don't recall ever holding an instrument in my hands of poorer quality than this!


    Musician Wanna Be.

    By Two Left Thumbs

    from Oroville, CA

    I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box. Since I am an aspiring steel guitar player I feel this instrument is a very good first instrument. The finish is excellent and it produces great sound. I am running it through a Fender Bullet Reverb amp and use just a little reverb and it sounds just fine. If you are looking for a great little lap steel without breaking the bank, BUY IT!!!! You won't be sorry.


    cool twang

    By Bones

    from New Bedford, MA

    I picked up this lap steel as a scratch and dent special and I still can't find any problems. Regardless, I have had nothing but a great time this this instrument. I've run it throught my pedal-board with a Boss BD1 Blues Driver or my Digitech RP100 to get some very intense sounds. I also run it through my Fender 90 Deluxe with just a touch of reverb or even cranked with lots of overdrive and she sings and howls. My style is blues and rock mostly and while having to put down my guitars while waiting for hand surjury, this little wonder has kept me sane. If you can play slide guitar then you should own one of these. The techniques are very close so learning lap slide so far for me has been pretty easy and I'm sure it would be for most anyone, especially with slide experience.


    A lap steel for any musical genre

    By Solyaris

    from Italy

    I'm an ambient music (deeplistening) guitarist player (Solyaris), I realized my first CD "Western Detunes" using mainly the Artisan filtered with delays. You can listen the sound in a MP3 on my home site: value of this instrument is excellent.giorgio


    You get what you pay for

    By Hugh Ashton

    from Kamakura-shi, Japan

    I just received mine. The finish was cracked and the end a little dented in a place that doesn't show - not worth sending the instrument back for, anyway. However, the two controls and the jack were very noisy when I first started to use it, and it nearly went back because of that. A little switch cleaner was needed, but now it sounds clean and loud. The G and D strings were a bit low, and the steel had no effect behind the 2nd fret - I have had to make bridge saddle adjustments to get the strings properly aligned. The supplied strings are too light, and the way the instrument's been strung is a little strange, but what do you expect for the money? New strings tomorrow. Overall, if you're prepared to put a little work (20 minutes) into setting this up, it's a great little thing with a super tone. Great little gig bag, too.Having said which, now I have set it up, it sounds great - much better than I expected it would, and I'm having a lot of fun playing it.


    Great Value

    By GF

    from Ft. Mohave AZ.

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    I agree with the outher coments about value and quality. The jack location is solved with the use of a cord with a angled jack on one end. Mine came with the rosewood nut damaged on the big string side. I made a new nut from a piece of aluminum angle stock . Work s great.


    Good place to start

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Ok, so you get what yu pay for with this baby, but overall, it is a great place to start. As stated before, the designer had to have been drunk when they came up with the jack placement, but apart from that it is pretty good.


    My First Instrument

    By Old Steeler

    from Republic, WA

    This is a quality instrument at an exceptional price, but I have one big complaint - why is the cord jack right where a palm rest should be? Even with a right-angle plug, it remained uncomfortable until I added a palm rest similar to the one on my Dobro. Relocating the jack to the end of the body, plus adding a palm rest above the strings, would make this instrument one of the best deals in music.

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