The Lap Steel Guitar

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The list of resources is located within the table at the bottom of this page. Below is a partial bibilography - some of the reference materials I've used in creating this web site. I did not list the specific articles from my 30-odd years of Guitar Player magazine subscriptions (I started subscribing in 1971).

  • The Dobro Book, Stacy Phillips; Oak Publications, 1977. ISBN 0-8256-0183-5
  • The Guitar Book: A Handbook for Electric and Acoustic Guitarists, Tom Wheeler; Harper & Row, 1978. ISBN 0-06-014579-X
  • Hawaiian Music and Musicians: An Illustrated History, George S. Kanahele, editor; University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1979. ISBN 0-8248-0578-X
  • The Best of Country Music, John Morthland; Doubleday & Co., Inc. 1984. ISBN 0-385-19192-8
  • The Country Music Book, Michael Mason, editor; Charles Scribners Sons, 1985. ISBN 0-685-18046-4
  • Country Music U.S.A., Bill C. Malone; University of Texas Press, 1985. ISBN 0-292-71096-8
  • Mel Bay Presents The Art Of Hawaiian Steel Guitar, Stacy Phillips; Mel Bay Publications, 1991. ISBN 1-56222-103-5
  • Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars, George Gruhn and Walter Carter; Miller Freeman Inc., 1991. ISBN 0-87930-195-3
  • The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments, Bob Brozman; Centerstream Publications, 1991 ISBN 0-931759-70-6
  • Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments: a Photographic History, George Gruhn and Walter Carter; Miller Freeman Books, 1993. ISBN 0-87930-240-2
  • Electric Guitars and Basses: a Photographic History, George Gruhn and Walter Carter; Miller Freeman Books, 1994. ISBN 0-87930-328-X
  • Definitive Country: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Country Music and Its Performers, Barry McCloud, editor; Berkeley Publishing Group, 1995. ISBN 0-399-52144-5
  • Fender Amps: The First Fifty Years, John Teagle and John Sprung, Jon Eiche, editor; Hal Hal Leonard, 1995. ISBN 0-7935-3733-9
  • Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing, Cary Ginell with special assistance from Roy Lee Brown; University of Illinois Press, 1994. ISBN 0-252-02041-3
  • Mel Bay's Complete Dobro® Player, Stacy Phillips; Mel Bay Publications, 1996. ISBN 0-7866-0113-2
  • The Hawaiian Steel Guitar (and its great Hawaiian Musicians), edited and compiled by Lorene Ruymar; Centerstream Publishing, 1996. ISBN 1-57424-021-8

Thanks to the following people, without whom these pages would be really lame:

Eric Shoaf ( ), columnist for Vintage Guitar magazine, for the information on the electric lap steels. (This guy owns 50 lap steels, including the beautiful Leilani lap steel found in Vintage Guitar Classics magazine.)

John Tipka, (, for information on the steel guitar stores, and for pointing out my HTML errors.

Andrew Waegel ( for information on Scotty's Music, and for knowing who Gautam Dasgupta is.

Peter Eden ( for his reviews of Dobro instructional books.

Pete Grant ( for the information on steel bars and the tablature. Check out his ten-string Zephyr!

Howard Parker ( for the information on Paul Beard.

Shelia Bumgarner ( for information on Carl McIntyre.

Mike Perlowin ( for information on Jim Boen.

Bruce Bjork ( for information about Dick DeNeve.

Gregory Tucker-Kellogg ( for the Scheerhorn/Weissenborn image.

If you have questions, suggestions for improvements, or additional information, please let me know.