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Eastwood's tribute to the NATIONAL Lap Steels. National, SUPRO® and AIRLINE Guitars were made in the USA from 1958-68 by VALCO and sold through Montgomery Ward. This new model is a more formidable version, featuring great tone and balance.
Posted by hippiekarl on 6th Nov 2014
So I ordered my Airline Lap Steel on Monday; Tuesday it was clearing customs in Kentucky, Wednesday afternoon I received it in the desert in Nevada. ~Amazing~ for an 'International Order', and a very modest shipping charge. My lap steel arrived almost in tune (halfway between open D and E). They included a string-crank, 90degree 'courtesy' 1/4" cord, 2 Allen wrenches (one for the bridge saddles, and a bigger one that would turn a truss-rod if this instrument had one), and a generous garnish of various thicknesses and colors of flatpicks. The strings are a little mushy and slack in open D tuning, OK for open E....but there was no indication in the packaging of the strings' gauges. I'm going to order a GHS Open G set (They make them, but nobody seems to carry them), tune it to D, and have a good tension on this neck. The set-up intonation is pretty good; it's in the range where I can fix a semi-tone flat by just bearing down with the bar a little. The pickup's pretty chimey for a HB, and there's more range on the tone pot than I expected. I keep the volume dimed, and use a volume pedal (my steel A/Bs with my guitar into a pedalboard). It sounds fine with OD or distorto. I wish they'd have mentioned the string set these ship with, but I imagine most of us are going to put on strings for the tuning we have in mind anyway. This is a fine lap steel, for the price ~especially~, and all you may need is a slide-bar, strings appropriate to your tuning, and maybe fingerpicks. I can't believe how fast my order was processed and shipped, either.