Steel Trappings

Instruments and Luthiers

Andy Volk
Bill Hardin - Part 3
October 12, 2016 • Andy Volk • Instruments and Luthiers

The most visible proponent of Bear Creek instruments has been multi-instrumentalist, Bob [...]

More Magnatone
More Magnatone Parts IV and V
November 15, 2016 • John Teagle • Instruments and Luthiers

While all the other MOTS models had wood beneath their coverings, an advanced/experimental model was released ca. '51 that used a [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1954 Oahu Iolana (by Valco)
November 24, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Since the 1930's the Valco Company manufactured a variety of musical instruments including the electric lap steel [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1938 Stella (by Harmony)
December 16, 2016 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The Harmony Company was at one time Americas largest manufacturer of musical [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1959 Gretsch Electromatic
January 19, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

Gretsch guitars were made famous by players such as Jimmy Webster, Chet Atkins, and [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1940 Gibson Electric Hawaiian Model EH-185
February 25, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The Gibson guitar company created this hybrid steel guitar by combining the advantages of metal [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1938 Epiphone Electar Model M
March 22, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The Model M is a stylish icon of art deco steel design, with an anodized aluminum top [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1935 National Cast Steel
April 17, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

The body of this early period steel guitar was made by a method called "slush casting." Molten [...]


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Festivals and Conventions
Instruments and Luthiers


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February 16, 2019 (tentative) - Ka Makana Ali'i Shopping Center, Kapolei
Kaua'i Steel Guitar Festival
March 1-2, 2019 - Sheraton Hotel, Kapa'a, Kaua'i (formerly Courtyard Kaua'i at Coconut Beach)
Maui Steel Guitar Camp
TBD - Maui site
Maui Steel Guitar Festival
TBD - Maui site
TBD - Queen Ka'ahumanu Center, Kahului, Maui
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 (tentative) - Windward Mall, Kaneohe
Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikiki Steel Guitar Week
July 8-13, 2019 (tentative)
Monday-Thursday - Nightly Evening Performances
Friday-Saturday - Festival Ho'olaule'a Performances
Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki
Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Kahala Mall - Keiki Style
August 17, 2019 - Kahala Mall, Honolulu
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)

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