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Artist MSL110 Lap steel 6 String Metallic Black

The Artist MSL110 Lap steel is a 6 string Metallic Black Lap steel with a Poplar body, with a rail pole pieced styled mini humbucker pickup, and coil tap Push-&-Pull Tone control.

This is a very popular Country Music Instrument. You would have heard this unique sound on many classic albums.

It comes included with legs, a gig bag and even a tone bar. Everything you'll need to play right out of the box.

The Tech Features

Model: MSL110

Scale Length: 53cm

Wood: Poplar

Pickup: 1x hot wound rail pole piece mini Coil Splitting humbucker pickup

Included Accessories: Gig bag, tone-bar and stand.

Colour: Metallic Black


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Reviews (24)

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Awesome Lap Steel Guitar

By: on 30 March 2022
The whole product is fantastic value for money. It sounds amazing, and super fast deĺivèry. Highly recommended.

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Beautiful Beginners Instrument

By: on 21 February 2022
This is a great beginners instrument. In no time at all I’d hooked it up, tuned it (with help of an app). Sounds great in my simple studio set up. Quiet pick ups and amazing value. Speedy delivery .

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Beautiful Beginners Instrument

By: on 21 February 2022
This is a great beginners instrument. In no time at all I’d hooked it up, tuned it (with help of an app). Sounds great in my simple studio set up. Quiet pick ups and amazing value. Speedy delivery .

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We really appreciate it for taking the time to leave feedback and are glad to know that you are satisfied with our products and services.

Aloe for money.

By: on 19 January 2022
Sure it’s not a $3000 Duesenberg but this Artist lapsteel definitely value for money. I purchased it because of the price made me curious . I make lap steels and I can’t put one together for the price of the Artist so how can they? For the price I can’t fault it. Usually the weak points on cheap gear are the electronics. The Artist comes with a ‘hot rails’ single coil sized pickup which can be split or more likely tapped. The signal path goes thru a volume and push/pull tone pot and out a quarter inch jack. Sound wise it’s fine. Not spectacular granted but very acceptable. The untapped sound is pleasing and reasonably hot where the tapped is cooler with a decent tone. Think lead sound vs rhythm. Overall the sound is nothing startling but (again) good for the price and usable. The hardware seems solid enough but it works. The tuners keep it in tune. The nut is plastic but well cut with no rattle or binding. The bridge has six separate chrome saddles all individually adjustable for height and intonation (which is not necessary on a lap slide). The supplied, screw in legs are usable if a bit light. All in all you could probably gig with it and it comes with a chrome tone bar which is probably worth up to $50. Definitely get one if you want to expand your different tunings repertoire. I am. Still can’t work out how they can do it for the money…. Btw it would be easily upgraded access to its electronics is simple.

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A bargain

By: on 13 January 2022
You can’t go wrong with this lap steel. Looks and sounds very good. You will need to put thicker strings on it. Grab a bargain!!!!

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Thanks for your review! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out, we're always happy to help!

Lap Steel Newby

By: on 23 November 2021
I’m just beginning my lap steel journey. This guitar was perfect as a first lap steel. Service was fast and the overall quality is very good. The fact that is comes with a slimline humbucker (that can be split) and a tone bar makes this great value as well. The legs however can be improved. Within a day or two they had become loose but I replaced the screws and now they are all good. Also it needs a heavier gauge set of strings. I replaced these as well. We’ll see if the tuners can handle the extra tension but so far so good. Overall a great product for the price!

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We really appreciate it for taking the time to leave a review and glad to know that you are satisfied with our products and services.

Artist MSL110 lap steel

By: on 7 September 2021
Awesome introduction to lap steel. Plays great straight out of the box. Never played one before and now I can’t stop. Great value and service as always from Artist Guitars.

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Follow up review of my Artist Lap Steel

By: on 22 August 2021
I purchased the MSL110 Lap Steel back in June and submitted a review in which I mentioned that I felt the string gauges were too light for normal use and detracted from the tone and playability of the instrument. I acquired the Hal Leonard Lap Steel Method which recommended appropriate string gauges according to the tuning(s) that you use. Armed with this knowledge I set about restringing the instrument. An economical way of doing this is to swap the lowest string for the recommended gauge and then simply move the remaining strings over to the adjacent position. This produced an amazing result. The tone and playability is greatly improved whether tuned in open G D or E which are the keys I use for blues. I will add that I purchased a Shubb style steel which I find easier to use than the bullet shaped steel supplied. That is not to say that the latter is sub-standard. I just find the grooved bar easier to manipulate. The other big plus is that the tuners seem reliable to keep the strings in tune, even with heavier strings. I am therefore giving the MSL110 five stars.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review. This will really help us a lot. Cheers!

Good value introduction to lap steel

By: on 14 June 2021
I have been eyeing off a lap steel for some time as I cannot get the hang of playing slide on a conventional guitar despite many attempts. The MSL110, coming with gig bag, legs, tone bar and even a lead for $199.00 and free shipping, cannot be beaten. The unit itself is beautifully finished and the legs screw in easily and have a good range of adjustment. The ability to split the pickup into a single coil id a bonus although I don't see myself using it. The humbucking configuration produces the fullest tone. I agree with those who have changed the strings. The fitted strings are far too light and even in open E tuning (which does not necessitate any of the strings to be tuned down) the top strings were too light for the weight of the tone bar and the bottom string, played on its own lacks body. I think dobro gauge strings are the go. The lead provided is not good quality, insufficient shielding I think and a better quality lead is warranted. The volume and tone pots work well although I have opted to obtain a volume pedal which I think is essential equipment and you don't need to pay a lot for it. The supplied tone bar works well although I am planning to upgrade to a shaped one for better control. Played through an amp or directly into an interface the tone is great, given the price. I am giving it 4 stars because of the build, the basic sound and the value even though I am knocking off one star for the strings. I think the manufacturer or distributor should be prevailed upon to fit proper gauge strings. I can't see that it would cost any more. The tuners appear to work fine and it holds the tuning although it may be premature to say this prior to fitting the gauge of string that the instrument deserves. It may be that the reason that the light strings come as standard is to avoid putting extra tension on the tuners. only time will tell.

Artist Guitars Response
Thank you for leaving a review about the Lap Steel guitar. I am sorry to hear that there are aspects of the guitar that did not work for you. The guitar is meant to introduce players to playing lap steel and is a budge friendly means of getting one. We appreciate your feedback and we will definitely have this forwarded to our factory.

Wicked instrument for the price.

By: on 19 April 2021
As usual artist guitars deliver awesome quality for a good price. I've played guitar for 11 years but I'm a complete beginner on lap steel and I couldn't be happier with the MSL110. Sounds great, intonation is perfect, plays great, pots aren't crooked or tight, fretboard is gorgeous, it's lightweight. The only complaint I have is the tuning peg on the 2nd string 'jumps' at a point when turning but it still tunes to pitch and stays there. Could not recommend this lap steel enough to anyone just getting into it, it's a superb instrument!

Artist Guitars Response
We are glad to hear that you are happy with the guitar. Thank you for the kind words. Please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions or concerns.

Lap steel guitar.

By: on 18 November 2020
Service and delivery was great. Delighted with the sound and highly recommend.

Lap steel guitar.

By: on 18 November 2020
Service and delivery was great. Delighted with the sound and highly recommend.


By: on 17 November 2020
Great Lap/s.. Sound fine, tune to open "e".. use with a volume pedal.. Good value.. tone bar OK, but i use my pedal steel bar(Dunlop)..

Artist Lap Steel

By: on 5 July 2020
As always from Artist Guitars a well made product at a great price. Solid construction perfectly set up, good pick-up, reliable tuners and good to look at. Arrived within a few days again Artist Guitars are so reliable. As different tunings recommend different string gauges it may help to have the string gauges in the product description. Very happy and no issues getting started

Thanks Artist

By: on 29 April 2020
My first lap steel and I am loving it. . I restrung it lefthanded as i am lefty guitarist but handled that no problem. Knobs not really in way as long as use 90 degree lead. . You can spin the leg mounts around too if need be .. the standard slide / tonebar is bit too small for my liking and that is my next purchase. I put new heavier guage strings on and it sounds good and the pick up is pretty ace . Cool product

Lap steel guitar

By: on 10 April 2020
Neil from Iron Knob S.A. Item arrived safely and well packed. Just starting to learn Lap steel. Easy to put together and also came with extra power cable and slide. Sounds great once re-tuned to C6 Would recommend this product for learners and pros. For the price GREAT. Will recommend these products.

Artist lap steel guitar

By: on 20 February 2020
The guitar arrived by courier promptly and in tact. There were no instructions for assembly, tuning or maintenance also one of the holes was not drilled properly so I had to force the leg into the hole....I may have stripped the thread on that leg. I connected it to an amplifier and it sounds ok, time will tell if it stays in tune. So far I would say it is good value for money.


By: on 8 February 2019
As usual the item was posted immediately, I think it took 3 or 4 working days to arrive and it was very well packed and protected. The instrument itself is very nice, the only blemish I could see was a little bit of gold paint missing from a couple of frets but that is not worth bothering about and doesn't affect performance of the instrument. For the price I think it is a great starter instrument and sounds great. I would have spent that money in one afternoon at the pub but instead I am having hours of fun on this little lap steel. Would recommend it to anyone considering getting one.

Lap steel.

By: on 26 December 2018
I learnt to play one 50 years ago but sold it to buy other gigging gear. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this unit and as always the delivery was right on at a busy time of year. The intonation is ok and a quick retune to A6 posed no issues. Seems to hold its tuning pretty well. The pick-up & tone ranges are ok as well. Would have liked a contoured slide bar but the one supplied seems good quality. All in all a great company to deal with.Thanks

Great Lap Steel Sound from a reasonably priced ins

By: on 12 December 2018
have played guitar for many years and always wanted to try a Lap Steel. I read many reviews on Lap Steel guitars and settled for this model, as a beginner I am more than satisfied with the tone and play ability of the instrument. I chose to change the strings to 13-56 and I found that suited me better. Great Instrument.

lap slide guitar

By: on 13 April 2018
I am extremely happy with the steel guitar I recently purchased. I have only just taken it up again after nearly fifty years and it is a real pleasure to have an instrument with such a nice tone even though I am learning from a beginners standpoint as the new tunings and methods are very different from my previous experiences. i was surprised at the apparent high quality at such a reasonable cost.

Artist Lap Steel Guitar

By: on 17 January 2018
This is an excellent value instrument, and has a really good sound. The pickup is loud and punchy. Unfortunately, the strings it comes with are not quite heavy enough, but are acceptable for a C6 tuning. The purchaser will need to level the strings and set up the intonation for the chosen tuning, but this is not too difficult and there are instructional videos available on YouTube. (It would be unreasonable to expect this to be done, given the price of the instrument, as it takes some time.)

Great product

By: on 26 July 2017
My gear was away on a ship a month out from a tour so I bought one of these to practice on and I couldnt believe what I got for the price. $200! What a steal. I have an SX that I spent a lot of money on completely replacing all the hardware pickups, wiring, bridge and machine heads and this thing at $200 is way better sounding. For the price this would be one of the best buys in 30 years Ive had playing music

Stand Up Lap Steel from Artist Guitars

By: on 28 April 2017
Great product, great prompt service, arrived early! This is no "entry level" lap steel, it's actually a high quality instrument and for a price that is more than reasonable. Highly recommended....2 of my friends want one after mucking around on mine :)