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(Vintage) 1930s Slingerland Songster 401 Lap Steel

(Vintage) 1930s Slingerland Songster 401 Lap Steel

From OldFrets, "
The Slingerland company is best known for its drums, which it has built since 1912 (it has gone through multiple owners since the 1970s and the brand is currently owned by Gibson). The name is also well-known to vintage banjo enthusiasts, but Slingerland made a variety of stringed instruments before World War II. Slingerland only built two electric models, and they were variants on the same basic plan. The Songster 400 Hawaiian competed visually with the Gibson EH-150, though the body was larger and there were a number of other small differences. It’s a fairly rare lap steel, and is prized for its great tone as well as its looks. However, the model 401 Spanish was a major step forward for the electric guitar – it rounded the 400’s square neck and lowered the action, thus creating a solidbody Spanish electric guitar." This particular model was fit with a metal extension nut to work for slide.

Top: Solid Maple
Back & Sides: Solid Maple
Neck: Mahogany
Fingerboard/Bridge: Rosewood
Finish: Sunburst Lacquer 
Pickup: Single Coil Humbuckers
Case: Vintage Hard Case

Additional Specs: Parasol Umbrella Tone/Volume Knobs, Top 1/4" jack added (original hardwired male 1/4" cable out), does not have the original pickguard on Spanish 401 models

Tech Notes: Good condition. A few small chips and finish checks, but no cracks. The pickup works great but the pots will most likely need to be cleaned a little with some crackling noises when moving the Tone knob. 


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