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2003 Cole Clark Violap Horseshoe lap steel guitar SOLD

Here’s a very cool 2003 Cole Clark Violap Horseshoe lap steel guitar.

This Violap features a horseshoe type pickup, so-called because the pickup magnet wraps around the coil (rather than being embedded in the coil). This unique pickup design dates back to early electric Rickenbacker instruments – from the 1930’s – but this history has presented opportuntities for potential infringement. Consequently, current Cole Clark instruments use humbucking and piezo pickups.

The Cole Clark Violap features a Weissenborn – style body with square neck. Made primarily from Tasmanian Blackwood with carved top and back and carved bracing.

and a rosewood fingerboard. Grover Roto-Matic tuners are used at the headstock, with a Tusq nut and Bakelite saddle. A chrome tailpiece behind the bridge anchors the strings.

The Horseshoe pickup uses a fairly large single coil with six polepieces, and is surrounded by the wrap-around ‘horseshoe’ magnet. Volume and tone controls are on the top, and the output jack is found at the tail block.

Acoustically, this isn’t an exceptionally loud instrument – that’s what pickups are for! However, it does make the instrument appropriate for use in quieter situations.

This example is in very good condition with a unique tone.

Serial Number:5-03, built during 2003 in Melbourne, Australia

Pricing:$1,499 CAD with gig bag. SOLD

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