Gretsch G5700 Lap Steel

Lap Steel Guitar

  • Electromatic series
  • 6-String
  • Mahogany neck
  • Plastic fretboard
  • Pickup: 1 Single coil
  • Controls: Volume and tone
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 85 x 21 x 7 cm
  • Colour: Tobacco Sunburst
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  • A-6 Tuning
  • C-6 Tuning
  • Open-E Tuning
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Very nice instrument

Jack4863, 15.02.2014
This instrument is laid out very similarly to an electric guitar. Single input jack, a tone pot and a volume pot etc. All of the hardware is good quality, very solid and durable materials. I've used it a lot and the hardware hasn't tarnished much at all.
It's design allows you to play with the back of the instrument resting on your lap in a seated position, so you look down at the fretboard as you play. If you want to play and stand, you'll need to put the instrument on a keyboard stand as it doesn't have a way to attach a strap to it. Open tunings work best on this instrument.
The quality of sound is good, it has a warm, bassy tone and is very clear so every note rings out nicely. You need to play with a sound bar or bottleneck slide, so it has a very distinct sound. Playing with a volume pedal and some reverb and/or echo is a must for that real "country" sound.
The overall build quality is very good. It is a solid instrument and is put together very well. A great buy.
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Sounds wonderful, let down by a few things.

13.04.2016
First of all, this sounds great. I don't know what the pickup is, I think it is single coil but it is very evocative in C6 of nice things. However a few annoying bits- the bridge end of things is a bit rough and ready, the fingerboard (?) warps in the heat and the tuners are not in keeping with the beast. The first one I got from this site had a broken tone pot, which was a bit odd. Thomann were very good in sending me a new lapsteel- they could have just sent me a pot.
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