In 1909, Belgium chemist, L. Bakeland devised a resin that hardened into a tough, dense material. The result was "Bakelite", a precursor to plastic.
Adolph Rickenbacher poured this resin into a guitar shaped mold and created the Bakelite steel guitar.
The horseshoe magnet pickup provides enormous volume and rich tone, and Bakelite's mass density causes these lap steel guitars to ring and sustain forever.
Early Bakelite models with chrome cover plates, 1½" wide horseshoe magnets, and string thru bodies are in high demand by players and collectors.VINTAGE
February 16, 2019 - Ka Makana Ali'i Shopping Center, Kapolei
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 - Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach, Kapa'a, Kaua'i
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD - Maui site
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
April 12-13, 2019 - Outlets of Maui, Lahaina, Maui
April 14, 2019 - Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 - Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 - Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Monday-Thursday - Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday - Festival Ho'olaule'a Performances
AISGC Winchester Convention
July 18-20, 2019 - Winchester Towne Centre, Winchester, IN
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Kine
August 17, 2019 - Kahala Mall, Honolulu
HSGA Ft. Collins Festival
September 17-19, 2019 - Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins, CO
Hawai'i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 6-8, 2019 - Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai'i (formerly Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows)
HIMELE is a Hawai'i non-profit corporation that supports music enrichment and education for people of all ages. Our purpose is to educate, promote, and perpetuate Hawaiian music, Hawaiian culture and Hawaiian musical instruments.