After developing the Slide King I have researched a lap steel construction that produces a more clear sound without getting harsh.
After experimenting with solid solid African padouk lap steel guitars I found to partly hollow the body and neck from the instrument was the right way to do. The sound gets more open and bright.
For this lap steel I use the Lollar Chicago lap steel pickup, inspired by old Oahu / Valco instruments.
The sound holes are made in a striped pattern to enhance the 'deco' feel for the instrument. Together with the wooden inlays and binding the Deco Slide is a unique looking - and sounding lap steel.
Inspired by old Oahu / Valco lap steels, Lollar developed the Chicago lap steel pickup. Oahu was one of the biggest brands for mail order lap steel guitars in USA. The pickup is single coil, has a high output and a very clear charachter. The pickup has a slightly wider string spacing compared to a guitar pickup.
The body of the Deco Slide is partial hollow, towards the head. This makes the lap steel a bit different from a normal semi-hollow concept. The lap steel gets a nice light weight. The body is covered with a nice tigerstriped maple top with original soundholes.
A handcrafted lap steel should stay in tune! The Deco Slide is fitted with Schaller M6 tuners. Self lubricating and brass posts.
The Deco Slide is finished with a 100% ecologic oil blend from Auro. The product protects the wood and improves the contrast. The instrument can be simply kept in good condition by using a maintaining oil.
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