Weissenborn

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This article is about a brand of guitar. For the German communities, see Weißenborn (disambiguation). For the musician, see Julius Weissenborn.
Weissenborn
Type Private
Industry Musical instruments
Founded 1925
Founders Hermann Weissenborn
Headquarters Los Angeles
Area served Global
Products lap steel guitars
Ben Harper playing a Weissenborn in Toronto, Ontario

Weissenborn or H. Weissenborn is a brand of lap slide guitar manufactured by Hermann Weissenborn in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s.[1]

These instruments are now highly sought after, and form the base for most non-resonator acoustic lap steel guitars currently produced.[citation needed] It is estimated[by whom?] that fewer than 5,000 original instruments were produced, and it is unknown how many now survive. The signature feature of Weissenborn guitars is the hollow neck, effectively a highly adapted body chamber that runs the entire length of the body, making conventional playing completely impossible.

The name Weissenborn is now commonly used to describe this style of instrument in general, with H. Weissenborn and modern factory or luthier reproductions being referred to as Weissenborn or Weissenborn-style guitars.[2]

Notable players[edit]

Mason Rack playing a replica Weissenborn in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.christiaanoyens.com.br/weissenborneng.htm Weissenborn Knutsen the Hawaiian Steel Guitar
  2. ^ Volk, Andy. "Acoustic Lap Steels: A guide to contemporary Weissenborn-style guitars". Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Obrecht, Jas (1994-06-01), Ben Harper: the importance of one note. (guitarist)(Youth Quake!) (Cover Story) (Interview), Guitar Player (NewBay Media LLC) 28 (6): p 65(2), ISSN 0017-5463