This is a masterfully built instrument crafted from exotic tone woods with vintage and modern details. It was originally designed by Bill Asher for Ben Harper in 1998 and inspired by the Weissenborn Hawaiian acoustic lap steel from the 1930's. This lap steel has great low end and high end response, clean or with overdrive - the sustain and acoustic overtone are unbeatable.
style ~ lap steel
scale length ~ 25 inches
neck & body ~ neck through solid Honduras mahoganywith cylindrical body chambers
top options ~ "A Superior" top has flamed figured koa with herringbone binding; "A Standard" top has striped koa with Ivoroid binding.
pickups ~ two Asher custom lap steel pickups
pickup switching ~ three-way toggle
controls ~ master volume and master tone with pull pot to split pickup coils