Dating rickenbacker lap steels
Gibson and many other manufacturers stuck with wood for their lap steels, and many were constructed like smaller guitars, with standard headstocks and tuning machines, bound bodies, flame maple, and (sometimes) round necks.
For the student market, feedback from merchants indicated something more was needed to dress up the lower-line guitar.
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The fretboard’s diamonds and stylized “f” markings are exactly like those on other Magnatone products of the period.
The most interesting thing about this combo, however, is its purple-ish pearloid.
As Hawaiian music gained popularity in the 1920s and ’30s, performers turned from guitars made of wood to metal-resonator instruments produced by the National Stringed Instrument Company.In the ’50s, thousands of lap-steel guitars were sold, and demand stayed strong until the Beatles invasion.