Nothing says country like the sound of pedal steel or lap steel guitars. If you’re looking to get into this style of guitar playing, we’ve assembled some of the better manufacturers making these instruments today. There’s not a lot to choose from, but this will certainly get you started.
Chandler lap steels are commonly found being used by performers and in studios for recording guitarists. They have 3 models of lap steel guitars (RH-2, Studio 6 and Studio 8), and also make the LectraSlide guitar (very cool electric resonator) amongst many other instrument products.
Founded by Jerry Fessenden, this pedal steel guitar company has been making some of the best pedal steel guitars in the world for several decades. These pedal steels are extremely popular with country guitarists, and Robert Randolph (jam pedal steel player) also plays a Fessenden.
Fuzzy Pedal Steel Guitars makes the famous EXCEL pedal steel, a Jerry Byrd Signature Frypan lap steel and Hawaiian steel guitars and is all-around a legendary pedal steel guitar company that you need to check out if you’re in the market for one.
The pedal steel guitars from GFI feature keyless tuning systems, and sleek designs. Models include: Ultra, Expo, Expo X1 and a Student model.
Mullen Guitars makes two pedal steel guitars: the Royal Precision and G2. The Royal Precision pedal steel ranges from $3,000 – $5,000, comes with 4 knee levers and anywhere from 3-8 pedals. The G2 pedal steel guitars also range from $3,000 – $5,000, but offer 5 knee levers along with 3-8 pedals.
(Out of Production) | Moyo Pedal Steel Guitars, founded by Glenn Taylor, are made in Denver, CO. He builds a single pedal steel guitar (Model 001) that is lightweight and can be transported in a portable gig bag. It features natural wood grain and weights only 16 lbs. This single-neck pedal string features 10 strings, 3 pedals, 4 levers, a body made from Maple tone wood and sells for just over $3,000.