Electric Lap Steel

Capturing the Weissenborn in a unique, modern electric lap steel.

Featuring the perfect proportions of the iconic Weissenborn shape and traditional appointments in a modern lap steel crafted with cutting edge guitar construction techniques. A truly versatile instrument that is equally at home with the sweetest Hawaiian licks or overdriven rock and blues.

Featuring a stunning figured Tasmanian Blackwood or Hawaiian Koa top, Seymour Duncan pickups and premium hardware and components.

Available in both hourglass and teardrop body shapes.

Handcrafted from solid, premium grade and naturally aged tonewoods.

From AUD$2900
USD$1910, EUR€1750, GBP£1490

Includes hardshell case and worldwide shipping.
Other tonewoods available on request.

Hourglass Lap Steel Guitar

Hourglass Shape

Pictured with nickel Schroeder bridge.

Teardrop Lap Steel Guitar

Teardrop Shape

Pictured with Weissenborn-style ebony bridge

Key Features

Lap Steel Guitar Tonewoods

Tonewoods

The focus of these lap steels is the stunning figured Tasmanian Blackwood or Hawaiian Koa top on a solid body of Tasmanian Blackwood, Queensland Maple, Silver Quandong or Bunya Pine.

We select the best quartersawn, air-dried premium grade tonewoods and process each body from rough lumber.

Traditional and exotic tonewood options are available on request.


Lap Steel Guitar Construction

Design & Construction

Blending old-world aesthetics with cutting edge electric guitar design. While remaining faithful to the creations of H. Weissenborn, on the inside these lap steels make the most of modern advancements in solidbody guitar design and construction techniques.

Individually built in Brisbane, Australia.


Lap Steel Guitar Construction

Tone Chambers

Honeycomb-shaped tone chambers are carved within the solid body to give the lap steel increased sustain and volume while reducing feedback and decreasing weight.

The matrix of 70 chambers throughout the body achieves superior tone, maximum strength while the instrument feels solid, light with truly balanced weight.


Lap Steel Guitar Construction

Carbon Fibre Reinforcement

Twin carbon fibre rods located within the neck gives these lap steels a rigid, light spine that increases the tonal response of the lap steel while ensuring perfect action and a neck that can handle heavy string gauges and will remain true for decades to come.


Lap Steel Guitar Components

Components

Every component has been individually selected for quality, tone and aesthetics from the world's leading boutique manufacturers.

Seymour Duncan pickups offer vintage PAF tone that is perfectly suited to most common styles including rock, blues, Hawaiian and country but we will happily work with you to find the ideal pickups for your requirements.


Electric Lap Steel Guitar Weissenborn Inspired

Weissenborn Inspiration

This lap steel guitar was designed from the ground up as a nod to the iconic H. Weissenborn guitar shape and their unique styling.

Scale length, string spacing and action have also been adapted to make this guitar the ideal electric companion for any Weissenborn aficionado.

The optional wooden bridge captures the traditional Weissenborn shape in a size and string spacing that perfectly suits electric lap steels.

Standard Specifications

Tonewoods Solid, Quartersawn, Air Dried
Construction Three-piece with neck-through body
Tone Chambers 70+ "honeycomb" body chambers
Scale Length 25" (635mm)
Length 36" (920mm)
Pickups Seymour Duncan '59 Humbuckers
(other options available)
Controls CTS Volume & Tone
Orange capacitor
Switchcraft 3-way toggle switch
Top Highly Figured Tasmanian Blackwood or Hawaiian Koa
Bridge Weissenborn-style or Schroeder TL
String Spacing 1.6" (40.5mm) Nut
2.125" (54mm) Satdle
Tuning Machines Replica 1920s Waverley Style
Inlay Synthetic mother of pearl, stone
Finish Satin lacquer

Each guitar is individually handcrafted by Richard Wilson; some specifications can differ for aesthetic, tonal or structural reasons.

Left-handed, short scale and custom variations available on request.

Audio & Video Samples

Jacob Raagaard performing on a Tasmanian Blackwood Style 3.

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Ordering

Contact us to order this guitar or a custom variant. Payments are accepted via bank deposit (Australia), or PayPal.

Guitars that are in stock can generally be shipped as-is within 1-2 business days of receiving payment.

Flexible payment terms are avilable for most guitars.

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Shipping

Prices include global shipping. Shipping to most destinations takes approximately 2-4 weeks. Express shipping and insurance available on request.

Returns & Warranty

All stocked guitars are covered by a generous no-questions asked 7 day return policy. Contact us within seven days of receiving a guitar to arrange an exchange or full refund (less shipping costs).

Guitars are backed by a full warranty for satisfaction and peace of mind.

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Weissenborn Accessories

Weissenborn guitar case

Hardshell Case

Custom fit case to suit our guitars. Features padded neck support for the Weissenborn's unique hollowneck design.

Flat top design with PVC exterior and plush interior. Vintage brass hardware.

Included with all new guitars.

Weissenborn guitar pickup

Pickups

We recommend the L.R. Baggs M1 Active. This soundhole mounted humbucker pickup perfectly captures the warmth and richness of Weissenborn guitars.

We also offer the K&K Pure Mini, an award-winning bridge plate transducer.

Other pickups available on request.

Weissenborn Capo

Strings, Slides & Capos

John Pearse and Weissenborns.com strings that can be utilised for a variety of tunings including Open D, E and G.

Shubb-Pearse and Weissenborns.com slides in a variety of styles and weightings.

Charlie's Slide Pro Capo, the finest capo on the market for Weissenborns and other lap steel guitars.

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