Steel Trappings


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 [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1947 Gibson Model BR-9
May 13, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

In 1947 Gibson unveiled a keenly priced student model set. The model BR-9 steel guitar with [...]

Geri's Vintage Steels
1936 Harmony Sears Golden Jubilee
June 21, 2017 • Geronimo "Geri" Valdriz • Instruments and Luthiers

This model was made for only one year and was sold only through the 1936 Sears [...]


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Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Ka Makana Ali‘i
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 Mini-Expo at Windward Mall
June 1, 2019 — Windward Mall, Kaneohe

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival at Windward Mall
June 8, 2019 — Windward Mall, Kaneohe

Royal Hawaiian Center Presents Waikīkī Steel Guitar Week
July 15-20, 2019 — Royal Grove Stage, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī
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

Mauna Lani presents Hawai‘i Island Steel Guitar Festival
December 13-15, 2019 — Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Kohala Coast, Hawai‘i Island.

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

Japan-Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival
October 9-10, 2020 — Nightly Festival Ho‘olaule‘a — Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī

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