Up for sale, a 1937 Gibson EH-100 lap steel in collector-grade, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Originally introduced as the “student model” version of the EH-150, this Gibson steel was produced from 1936-41.
This EH-100 is crafted from Northern maple, with a Brazilian rosewood playing surface, and this steel has a snappy, rich acoustic response with a surprising amount of natural lower-midrange warmth. The Charlie Christian blade pickup has excellent string-to-string balance, highly responsive to user inputs, with glassy trebles and low end which has an open, airy quality with sparingly little compression. The EH-100 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with fresh roundwound 12-53 strings.
The lined Brazilian rosewood playing surface features pearl dot position markers, the scale length measures 22 1/2“, and the aluminum nut measures just shy of 2 1/8“ in width. On the peghead, the white “Gibson” script silkscreen text is notably clean, and the original set of Grover open-gear tuning machines turn smoothly, with yellowed buttons. The six-digit stamped Factory Order Number dates production to 1937.
The Charlie Christian pickup is governed by Master Volume and Tone controls (the latter of which was added as a feature halfway through ‘36). The wiring harness features Centralab pots, untouched solder joints and a paper-in-oil tone cap. The original knobs are present, as is the aluminum bridge and saddle. The output jack is located on the bass side of the body.
The gloss Ebony nitro lacquer finish is framed on top by ivoroid binding, and cosmetic wear includes a handful of nicks and scuffs on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back.
The original red line hardshell case with purple plush interior is included and equally as clean as the steel. All three latches are functional, and the original leather handle is intact.