Multi-Kord Harlin Bros. Lap Steel Pedal Guitar ( fender

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  • Sold Date: Mar 04, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

Multi-Kord Vintage Lap Steel Pedal Steel Slide Guitar

Rare guitar. Very good original vintage condition . It sounds fine. 2 strings are broken. It will need adjusting or tuning to preference. Beautiful maple(?) body has a nice butterscotch blonde finish. Some chips and checking, and play wear. One of the pedal cables is frayed. Pearl button tuners. Volume and tone controls. Everything is 100% original except the string roller bar on one end, (same piece as the other end), a rod with 6 grooved sleeves, was lost and substituted, and the pots were replaced to restore function. The cloth wiring and pickup are original.

Please review the pics as they are part of the description. A cool and hard to find piece of music history.

As you might already know, 2 legs unscrew and the other two fold up for transport. I will pack it very carefully to arrive undamaged. It will be shipped quickly!

Steel guitars have been used in many music genres. Blues, Country, Hawaiian and others.

Buy-it now, or make a good offer before it's gone!

The following is info was taken from various sources:

Some info on these rare pedal steel / lap steel instruments: The Harlin Brothers of Indianapolis, IN were early pioneers of the pedal steel guitar. In fact, the Harlin Brothers actually invented the pedal steel. They hold several important patents. By the 1960's their designs were sold under the Multi-Kord brand and were popular at the local level. An advantage of the Multi-Kord pitch-changing system is the ease of setting up individually to the player's preferred tuning. This unit is a good playing and sounding steel.

More info if interested: Towards the end of 1938, J.D. Harlin of Indianapolis, bought the patent for an original design for a pedal pulling system to change the pitch of a string on a Hawiian steel guitar from an engineer he knew named Freeman. By 1939 Harlin and his brothers were manufacturing a pedal steel guitar based on an improvement of that original system and selling the guitars out of their own store front – along with lessons – in Indianapolis. Not too long after, Gibson came out with their famous Electraharp which apparently was a rip off of the Harlin design that was promoted by a famous steel guitar player working with Gibson. A court battle ensued, and Harlin won, and the Gibson item disappeared, not to reappear until after WW2 with a design nowhere near as reliable as the Harlin model.

In 1945 Harlin began making the guitar that would use the final improvement of their chord changing design, which they called the Multi-Kord. This machine set the pace for all other Harlin products until they ceased operations in the late 1960’s. The final design patent was applied for in 1947 and approved in 1945.

The heart of the guitar – and the real innovation which set the Harlin apart from all others – was the first 3-piece finger mechanism ever built , making an a ll-pull steel guitar . This was the first good working pedal steel guitar with a universal changer that was produ ced in significant numbers. The guitar remains the easiest steel guitar to change pedal setups on that has ever been built . The tuning possibilities on the Multi-Kord are limitless, unlike any guitar that has been made since. Eve ry pedal on the Multi-Kord can instantly be changed to raise or lower any or every string with just one pedal push. This means if you wanted to raise and lower every string in your tuning, you could make the change and tune it in less than a minute, almost as fast as you could think about it. They are not like modern steels at al l. They are "chord changers". B asically the pedals have a long travel and take you to a different chord, essentially giving you multiple lap steels. J.D. Harlin himself built a 15 pedal model that virtually allowed him to play a song using just the foot pedals, while the tone bar remained glued to the root chord of the song! This workhorse instrument ushered in the age of the pedal steel until usurped from it...