Gibson Skylark Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1961)

Gibson  Skylark Lap Steel Electric Guitar  (1961)
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Gibson Skylark Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1961), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 5252, natural lacquer finish, korina wood body.

"Geez, I coulda been a Flying V"! Well…maybe not, but the stylish Skylark steel is famous among Gibson fans not for what it is, but for what it is not. The light-grained Korina wood these bodies are carved from is from the same stash the legendary 1950's "Modernistic" guitars (the Flying V and the Explorer) were built of.

Each Skylark is sort of a piece of the Korina grail, albeit one that was not made in the form that has achieved immortality! Taken on its own merits, the Skylark -- intended for students -- is a very functional pro-grade lap steel guitar equipped with a single early Melody Maker styled pickup, nickel-plated control plate, and snazzy plastic headstock logo…which is another feature shared with the Flying V! Those with uncurbable Korina fever often keep a snazzy little Skylark close at hand, a tangible piece of an unobtainable goal and a small reminder of one of Gibson's most elusive glories.
Overall length is 32 in. (81.3 cm.), 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 in. (2.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 in. (559 mm.). Width of nut is 2 in. (51 mm.).

This Skylark shows some wear (it has definitely been well played!) but it remains all original with no alterations. There are dings and scrapes to the finish but no major loss, and a spot of plating on the handrest has been rubbed off down to the brass. One of the knobs has lost its cap, but all functions as it should. A fine knock-about steel guitar and cool piece of Gibson history. Very Good + Condition.