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IndustryMusical instruments
FounderHermann Weissenborn
HeadquartersLos Angeles
Area served
Productslap slide 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]


  1. ^ "Christiaan Oyens - Weissenborn". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  2. ^ Volk, Andy. "Acoustic Lap Steels: A guide to contemporary Weissenborn-style guitars". Acoustic Guitar. Retrieved 22 February 2013.