Oscar Schmidt Hawaï lapsteel – U.S.A. – 1920

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Acoustic Hollow Body Hawaï lapsteel


Mother-of-pearl inlay

Koa top, sides and back, mahogany neck, rosewood veneer headstock

Ebony fretboard


The body of this guitar is made from the beautiful exotic koa wood from Hawaii. This instrument, which was held on the lap, was played using a steel rod. Oscar Schmidt’s company, based in New Jersey at the time, was one of the first to manufacture hawaii guitars. This striking example from 1920 is one of the more detailed finished models from that period. It is decorated with mother-of-pearl inlays.

Last updated on 27 April 2020
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