Gibson Electric Lap Steel Guitar

Description (Brief)
The Gibson Guitar Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan manufactured this electric lap steel guitar from 1947 to 1959. This BR-9 model electric guitar was produced for beginners and includes fingerboard markers for ease of locating any position. This six course (6 x 1) guitar has a solid wood body, beige finish with Cremona Brown trim, combination hand rest and unit cover, and tone and volume controls. In a 1959 Gibson catalog, the BR-9 guitar sold for $75.00 or $165.25 for the complete outfit including the guitar, case, and GA-9 amplifier.
Currently not on view
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Date made
Gibson Co.
overall: 32 in x 8 in x 3 in; 81.28 cm x 20.32 cm x 7.62 cm
overall: 32 1/4 in x 8 1/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 81.915 cm x 20.6375 cm x 6.985 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

1/6/2016 2:24:39 PM
Dennis Bain
I have what appears to a Gibson BR-9 lap steel w/original case..the number on top back of the headstock is 662 and appears to be 'hand inscribed'..can you provide me with any info regarding whether Gibson did actually 'hand insribe' the serial numbers on these early lap steels?..thank you
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