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My Weissenborn-Style Lap Steel Guitar


This guitar is meant to be like a 1920s Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar


Top, back, and sides: Honduran mahogany
Fretboard, headstock front and back overlays: Cocobolo
Binding: Indian rosewood
Bridge: Ebony

I'm just learning to play lap slide; but I love this guitar.


Here's a wav file of me playing it a little.  Tuning is open-D (DADF#AD)

Weissenborn in Open D (7 MB)


Here's someone who really knows how to play one of these:

Cindy Cashdollar.  Listen to her talk about her 1927 instrument

and play beautifully on it.  Enjoy:



Building a Weissenborn-style

The top Headstock, slightly modified Side form and sides


Gluing on the sides Gluing on the back Done except headstock back overlay


Done, except the bridge Headstock without and with the back overlay.  It's an area of complicated joints Gluing the bridge



The bridge All done.  The finish is French Polish and not that great of a polishing job.  

The side view The headstock The headstock

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© 2015, James W. Blilie, Barbarossa Guitars                        5997 Turtle Lake Road, Shoreview, MN 55126                        This page was last updated:  13-Feb-2015