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1950 Oahu by Valco Tonemaster Lap Steel Guitar Pro Setup Sunburst
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1 in stock
Today, Lawman Guitars is Presenting..
An awesome find. A well played, yet carefully cared for, circa 1950 Oahu Tonemaster Lap Steel Guitar.
This beauty is completely original except the strings. Knobs, that look incredible…see pics…tuners with the original tuner buttons still intact except for one…see pic 5 .. Only the bridge cover is missing from this beauty…No abuse and was well cared for. It has some funny wear on the back of the neck and there is a pad installed on the back. I left that alone.. Pro Setup with new Dobro Strings. It plays and sounds fantastic…
Heres some info on these cool instruments..
Oahu Tonemaster Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar, c. 1950, made in Chicago, sunburst lacquer finish, maple body and neck.
A cool and fairly deluxe Oahu-branded steel guitar built by Kay, from the early 1950's. The wood body is built of a solid center block with outlying wings (like later Rickenbacker guitars) with striking checkerboard binding on all edges. The metal bridge unit holds the pickup and controls, with a knob on each side and a fairly heavy stamped metal cover. The pickup itself is very similar in design to a Gibson P-90, if somewhat brighter sounding. The headstock is faced in tortoise celluloid with a "Tonemaster" stencil in a music note motif.
Overall length is 34 in. (86.4 cm.), 10 in. (25.4 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 15/16 in. (49 mm.). Kluson tuners. Overall a nice and fairly high-end steel for Oahu with a bright but sweet sound.
Yes, this Made in Chicago Oahu lap steel has all the original parts. We put some new Dobro strings on this one. The old strings were shot and I believe were 13 gauge.
Sorry, no original case with this one…
This Lap Steel is very cool but sold as-is as its vintage and used. However, I have been hand picking my customers instruments for over 17 years now and they have all loved the instruments I find. This one will not be an exception. Check my Feedbacks.
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Mike at Lawman Guitars