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Recording King AB-104


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Merillon Guitars Item # MG01031

Make: Recording King

Model: AB-104 Roy Smeck

Style: 6 String Electric Lap Steel

Year: 1936

Scale: 22 ½”

Frets: 29 (Marked)

Condition: Very Good

Case: OHSC

Description: Gibson supplied instruments to many mail order companies over the years, branding them to the customers’ wishes. In this case, the Recording King brand was marketed by Montgomery-Ward, but manufactured by Gibson in Kalamazoo. The AB-104 is much like a Gibson EH-150, that is, it is built like a guitar, with bent sides and a back that is a separate piece, not built from a single slab like the majority of lap steels. This example is in very good condition showing a few surface dings and some play wear. She is all original with her aluminum nut and Bakelite nobs intact. She retains her original blade pick-up, essentially a ‘Charlie Christian’ with a differently shaped surround. This is one fantastic sounding lapper. If you take off the back, the serial number is written in there by hand, in chalk, from 80 years ago. I love that kind of stuff. She will ship with her OHSC, the one with the racing stripe. Sadly, no matching amp. That would be cool.

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