Hawaiian guitar


noun

a six-to-eight-string electric guitar, fretted with a piece of metal or bone to produce a whining, glissando sound, played in a horizontal position usually resting on the performer's knees or on a stand, and much used by country music performers.

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Also called steel guitar.

Origin of Hawaiian guitar

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for Hawaiian guitar

Hawaiian guitar

noun

a lap-held steel-strung guitar with a wood or metal body, tuned to an open chord and played with a slideCompare Dobro, pedal steel guitar
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