Steel Trappings

Instruments and Luthiers

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Part I-1
June 27, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

What started out as a one-time pictorial on mother of toilet seat (MOTS) covered amplifiers has [...]

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Part I-2
July 4, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

By the mid '50s, MOTS had lost its appeal, as had Hawaiian music, so Magnatone discontinued its [...]

Andy Volk
Bill Hardin - Part 1
July 7, 2016 • Andy Volk • Instruments and Luthiers

This article is about the career of luthier Bill Hardin, from his early days with Dobro to the founding of Bear Creek Guitars. It's a [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1937 Rickenbacher B6
July 30, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

In 1909, Belgium chemist, L.H. Bakeland devised a resin that hardened into a tough, dense [...]

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Part II-1
August 3, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

While the focus of this series (see Jan., Feb., and March '98 VG) has been MOTS amplifiers [...]

Andy Volk
Bill Hardin - Part 2
August 18, 2016 • Andy Volk • Instruments and Luthiers

Hardin's days of hitting the swap meets and the flea markets in search of 25 or 50-dollar Hawaiian- [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1955 Fender Champion
September 12, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

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

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Parts II-2 & III
October 1 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

An early wood-bodied single-neck is pictured in Hawaiian Steel Guitars and the Great Hawaiian [...]

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Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Festival
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November 6, 2021 (tentative) – Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
Saturday Performances 11AM - 2PM and 4:30PM - 6:30PM HST

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November 20, 2021 – LIVE STREAMED on Facebook and YouTube 3PM - 5PM HST

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December 18, 2021 – LIVE STREAMED on Facebook and YouTube 3PM - 5PM HST (tentative)

COVID-19 Advisory: HIMELE™ plans to resume in-person live steel guitar festivals in 2022, contingent on pandemic directives and venue approvals. Livestream Showcases will continue through 2021.

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