Steel Trappings

Geri's Vintage Steels

1955 Fender Champion

September 12, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

Long before Leo Fender built the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, he built Hawaiian lap steels.

Fender's steel guitars featured single, double, triple and quad necks. Various scale lengths, 6 and 8 strings, and several pickup configurations.

1955 Fender Champion

This guitar is a low-end model made to compete against the popular budget brands of the day. It is covered in simulated mother-of-pearl, also known as pearloid or mother-of-toilet seat.

1955 Fender Champion

Today, rock and blues players plug this steel guitar into a cranked up tube amp. This produces high-gain, overdriven sounds & bone shattering feedback!

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2020
Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival Special Edition
February 7-9, 2020 – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island

Kaua‘i Steel Guitar Festival
February 28-29, 2020 – Sheraton Kaua‘i Coconut Beach Resort, Kapa‘a, Kaua‘i

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i   CANCELED
March 21, 2020 – Ka Makana Ali‘i Shopping Center, Kapolei

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall   CANCELED
June 20, 2020 – Windward Mall, Kane‘ohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week   CANCELED
July 13-18, 2020 – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Monday-Thursday – Nightly Evening Performances   CANCELED
Friday-Saturday – Festival Open Stage and Ho‘olaule‘a Performances   CANCELED

Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival   CANCELED
July 17, 2020 – Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival — Keiki Kine at Kahala Mall   CANCELED
August 15, 2020 – Kahala Mall, Honolulu

Maui Steel Guitar Festival   Date Change
October 16-17, 2020 – The Shops at Wailea, Wailea, Maui
October 18, 2020 – Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui

Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
TBA – Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island.

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