Almost a year ago, I went to my friend's t-shirt/music shop and bought this lap steel for $40.

As you can see, it's pretty rough. I decided that when it came time to replace the strings, I'd do some work on it first. Now the time has come, and I'm a little unsure, because it came with a story. After I'd paid for it, I was hanging out and talking, and the guy who sold it to me told me that somebody had told him that it looked like a Fender. That apparently Leo Fender built stuff like this to test pickups. Of course, I was skeptical. Still am. But now that the seed's been planted, I don't want to do anything until I know for sure. This baby needs some work, but I don't want to start tearing things apart and refinishing, only to find out it was worth something before I started messing with it. (Back in the '30s, my grandfather was given an old Edison phonograph. He took it apart so he could use the springs to make arrowheads. Many years later, he saw one on Antiques Roadshow worth $30,000.) So, if there are any experts out there, I'd appreciate it if you could give me a definite answer.

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its a lap steel the headstock looks like an off name brand that dont look like a fender. the fender lap steel  shape was like a arrow with most of the tip cut off. maybe other markings or the tuners if its a guitar R&D model you would have to have a factory worker from fender to back up the story. you can always research the parts for dating. looks like a beater rock on

It is cool, but it isn't a Fender.  

I am pretty sure that Leo wouldn't test a "Gibson style" humbucker in a "Fender" guitar. :)

Tear it apart, refinish it and enjoy it! I bet it will be a lot of fun to play, even without a famous brand name attached to it.  

i  think   your  "story "  originated from  here . read the  top  right colum when  it loads .


Cool. Thanks guys. It was sold as homemade, and that's why I bought it, but that little passing remark screwed up my plans for it. Thanks for clearing it up for me.


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