This is a circa 1938 Rickenbacker Model 59. All original. It has the desirable pre-war 1.5" horseshoe pickup, volume and tone controls on opposite sides, and black crinkle finish. Strings go into the body directly.  I would call condition "good" except for the cosmetic issues that can easily be seen in the pictures. Serious finish wear and scratches, the tuner plates show tarnish, one knob shaft is slightly bent but the tuner works, and the buttons have some wear also. Note that the tuners are reverse gear to they tighten in the opposite direction to normal; it would be easy enough to switch them around so that they turn in the usual way (this could be an older set of Waverly tuners than the steel but correct plate shape, post size, etc) or just ignore it.   One of the two knobs is missing a piece but still functions. The original nut and saddle intact.  Serial number is intact. Works properly, sounds good.  The case is a lot newer than the steel, and is a bit big so there are some foam pads inside to keep it from moving around.  Just put on a new set of Morell strings (E tuning set) and lubricated the tuner gears.  Shipping will be $35 in the  CONUS (no PO boxes; if you have a PO box contact for a USPS quote).  Outside the US, contact for a quote (likely $65-80 but I can get you a more accurate number depending where you are)  Price is of course OBO.

Product Specs

Fair (Used)
Model 59 lap steel
Lap Steel
Made In
United States

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John K's Guitars and Parts Garage
Joined Jan 2014
Prescott, AZ, United States


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John K's Guitars and Parts Garage

Prescott, AZ, United States
Joined: Jan 2014

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Rickenbacker Model 59 lap steel 1938 worn but cool w ssc
+ $35 Shipping