Electar Century Lap Steel

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From its introduction in 1939 until 1957 the Electar Century Lap Steel guitar was part of the Century range of instruments and amplifiers including the Century Banjo, Century Mandolin, Century Spanish Guitar and Century Amplifier. This line of instruments was available in "complete outfits" or "starter packs" as we know them today. These outfits typically included the instrument, case, amplifier and a cord. Century amplifers were available in AC or AC-DC models. The Century guitar was available in Spanish (conventional), Tenor (4-sting short-scale) and Plectrum (4-string long-scale) versions. Plectum versions were usually special order only.

In 1939, the 6-string Electar Century Lap Steel was $62.25 including a case and cord. The 7-string model was $72.25 and the 8-string cost $82.25. The 6-string Electar Century Lap Steel AC outfit was $114.50 and the AC-DC outfit was $124.50. The 7-string Electar Century Lap Steel AC outfit was $124.50 and the AC-DC outfit was $134.50. The 8-string AC outfit was $134.50 while the AC-DC outfit cost $144.50.

See Also: Century Series


Epiphone Century Lap Steel
1939-1949 Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel
Epiphone Century Lap Steel
1950-1957 Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel
Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Front Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Back
Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Front
Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Back
Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Headstock Front Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Headstock Back
Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Headstock Front
Epiphone Electar Century Lap Steel Headstock Back
  • 1939-1957
  • Designed by Herb Sunshine

Models:

  • HC6 - Six String Lap Steel
  • HC7 - Seven String Lap Steel
  • HC8 - Eight String Lap Steel

Body:

  • Maple body
  • Electar Hawaiian Teardrop shaped body (1939-1949)
  • Rounded guitar-like body bouts (1950-1957)
  • Scooped corners with deep belly (1939-1949)
  • Scooped corners with shallow belly (1950-1957)

Neck:

  • Metal fingerboard
  • Bowtie fret markers
  • Metal "Bikini" logo plate on headstock
  • 22.375" scale
  • 2.375" nut width (6-string)

Binding:

  • No binding (1939-1949)
  • Bound top (1950-1957)

Electronics:

  • Blade pickup
  • Control knobs on opposite sides of guitar (1939-1949)
  • Control knobs on same side of guitar (1950-1957)

Hardware:

  • Black or white bakelite control knobs
  • Felt covered access plate on back
  • Aluminum nut & bridge
  • Nickel plated individual open-back tuners
  • Black plastic pickguard (1939-1949)
  • No pickguard (1950-1957)
  • Black narrow metal pickup cover/handrest (1939-1949)
  • Nickel wide pickup cover/handrest with "E" emblem (1950-1957)

Colors:

  • Black (1939-1949)
  • Sunburst (1950-1957)



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