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ENGLISH ELECTRONICS TONEMASTER® CONSOLE STEEL GUITAR

Used – Excellent
$750
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ENGLISH ELECTRONICS TONEMASTER® CONSOLE STEEL (1959)
Made by Supro/Valco for (Norm) English Electronics of Lansing, Mi
Excellent Condition. A Great Player
Thoroughly gone through. Clean Instrument & Electronics. Setup with Pyramid Nickel Classics, Supro’s famous String-thru Pickup, 24-3/4" scale, Pearloid (Vinyl-acetate) Body Shell (MOTS), white volume and tone controls, 3 - height adjustable legs. This one comes with a Foldable Music Stand with its own compartment in the Fitted Hard Shell Case.
SN – T15567
Norman English was an old school lap steel player who ran a music studio in Lansing, Michigan. He had a good relationship with Valco & was able to order custom instruments from them. English Electronics offered several sought after Valco made instruments. Reso-glass Guitars & Amps as well as this Lap Steel.
“English Electronics' "Tonemaster" guitars were made by Valco, the same company that made National and Supro solidbody electrics and lap steels, and many Oahu and Airline guitars.”
“Despite the name that would lead you to believe that it is a British guitar, "English Electronics" guitars and amps were actually made for the Norman English Studios of Lansing, Michigan.”
This has a very hot pickup. String through design with separate coils for bass and treble utilizing AlNiCo magnets. It is such a winning design that Lollar Pickups emulated the design for one of their fantastic re-creations. This pickup has such great qualities that some guitarists have swapped these for their regular solid bodied electric pickups. I recall Peter Green, Ry Cooder and Jeff Lind being among some of the fans of this set-up. Ry Cooder used them in his Coodercasters. Peter Green reversed the polarity in some for some of his early FM recordings. The consensus seems to define the pickup quality as “dirty”. It does overdrive readily and creates remarkable sustain. But it also handles clean if that’s how you dial it in. These are versatile fun instruments to play. Sling a guitar and play 2 different guitars in one song like Steve Howe or David Gilmour or while sitting comfortably.
*Please see our other listings and store for many other Vintage Lap Steel Guitars and Amplifiers. We currently have Alamos, Audio Vox, Bronsons, Dickersons, Dobros, English, Epiphones, Fenders, Gibsons, Harmonys, Kays, Maestros, Magnatones, McKinney, Nationals, Oahus, Rickenbachers, Sho Bud, Silvertones, Supertones, Supros, Vegas, and White Lap Steels.*
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Listed5 years ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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