Ben Harper Model Steel Guitar

Bowl back or lute back lap steel

Ben Harper slide, steel, lap steel

slide, weissenborn, bowl back, Ben Harper

This special lap style steel guitar, also referred to as a "lute back" or "bowl-back guitar", came from an order from Ben Harper. Ben wanted a unique looking and sounding instrument that would have it's own voice. Dave Dart and Ben decided on a lute back or bowl-back design. The apex of the bowl is almost flat so that the guitar doesn't roll off the lap. David made two bowl back guitars and a theorbo for Ben. In addition Dart has continued making bowl back lap steel guitars for others including the very special "Lady Steel" he made for himself. Images below....

Lady Steel

lady steel, Harper

Head

 bowl back

Full Front

side

Bowl Lady Steel

back

theorbo steel

full body

theorbo

closer

theorbo bridge& soundhole

blank

Head

peg head 3

head