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1950s Magnatone Student Model

November 1, 2018 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

The Magna Electronics Company of Los Angeles, California, manufactured lap steel guitars and amplifiers. The instruments they made were simple, yet striking.

1950s Magnatone Student Model

This 1950's Student Model is a good example of Magnatone's artistry. Its lightweight wood body is wrapped in an attractive pearloid maroon MOTS (mother-of-toilet-seat) plastic.

1950s Magnatone Student Model

The fretboard is a black decal with diamond and S cleft inlays. The single coil magnetic pickup is covered by an angled chrome handrest. A matching MOTS amplifier with island themes on the speaker cover was also sold together with the guitar as a set.

1950s Magnatone Student Model

Collectors seek out this lap steel for its low cost, portability, and cool vibe…

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