Gibson supplied instruments to many mail order companies over the years, branding them to the customers’ wishes. In this case, the Recording King brand was marketed by Montgomery-Ward, but manufactured by Gibson in Kalamazoo. The AB-104 is much like a Gibson EH-150, that is, it is built like a guitar, with bent sides and a back that is a separate piece, not built from a single slab like the majority of lap steels. This example is in very good condition showing a few surface dings and some play wear. She is all original with her aluminum nut and Bakelite nobs intact. She retains her original blade pick-up, essentially a ‘Charlie Christian’ with a differently shaped surround. This is one fantastic sounding lapper. If you take off the back, the serial number is written in there by hand, in chalk, from 80 years ago. I love that kind of stuff. She will ship with her OHSC, the one with the racing stripe. Sadly, no matching amp. That would be cool.

Year Condition Color Case
1936 Very Good Sunburst Original Hard


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