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Lap steels are also often called Hawaiin Guitars. Certainly not a bluegrass instrument, but we find much interest in lap steels among fans of bluegrass and traditional country music. The lap steel is played much like a dobro - the strings are raised at the nut and the bridge. The instrument is balance on the lap and picked with fingerpicks while using a steel slide to change the pitch of the strings. They are a fun instrument and were one of the first popular solid body electric instruments.