Vintage lap steel experts...ID help please

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Funkwire, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. Funkwire

    Funkwire Member

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    Here we have...an old lap steel. A friend bought it in the late 70s or early 80s in LA at a garage sale for $20. He never learned how to play it and it spent the better part of 30 years under a bed. It's been on semi-permanent loan to me since 2003 or so.

    There are no identifying marks. A metal plate on the underside has a serial number of 26059. Kluson tuners. One single coil pickup that is mounted under the mother-of-toilet-seat finish. It has a large bar magnet that the wire is wrapped around. The pots are bypassed. There is a resistor and a big old red cap between the pickup and the hardwired cord. I would describe the tone as thick and syrupy.

    The pot codes are 140106 and 140113, which indicates they are Clarostat pots from either 1941 or 1951.

    Any ideas of the make and model are much appreciated.

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  2. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    It's not a '41, so it's a '51 Magnatone. It's a student-level steel, like 90% of the old Maggies out there; in 1953 it sold (with the accompanying 6W amp) for $105. There's no model name listed in the catalog.
     
  3. Funkwire

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  4. GA20T

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    Maggie "Amerloha".
     
  5. Funkwire

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    And thanks to nmiller and GA20T. What I have is a 1951 Magnatone Amerloha.
     

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