pedal steel


variants or pedal steel guitar
plural pedal steels or pedal steel guitars
: a box-shaped electric steel guitar with legs that has usually 10 strings which can be altered in pitch by the use of pedals and which are plucked while being pressed with a movable steel bar
[Ben] Keith broke into the business playing pedal steel on Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces" …Kevin Dettmar
compare hawaiian guitar, lap steel

Examples of pedal steel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cover art of Boca Chueca was designed by Alan Ortega, a member of León’s band who plays the pedal steel guitar but is also a painter. Leila Cobo, Billboard, 20 May 2024 She’s backed by a terrific Americana band featuring Maurice Tani on guitar (who will also perform a solo opening set), David Phillips on pedal steel, Henry Salvia on piano, Mike Anderson on bass and Ken Owen on drums. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 8 May 2024 Plenty of other moments rely on Mitski’s Patsy Cline inclinations to a far subtler degree, although the amount of pedal steel, fiddle and accordion played by Nashville alt-country veteran Fats Kaplan, the ace in her seven-piece band, is telltale about where this round of influences lies. Chris Willman, Variety, 3 Apr. 2024 Max Bernstein rocks out on the guitar, keyboards and pedal steel, which is a steel guitar with pedals and knee levers. Bryan West, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2024 His wild guitar and back-up vocals add the right touch of electric mayhem, while the band adds flourishes of banjo and pedal steel. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2024 The 14-song album features work from Cobb (acoustic guitar, eclectic guitar), J.T. Cure (bass), Paul Franklin (pedal steel), Derek Mixon (drums), Morgane (background vocals, synthesizer, tambourine) and Lee Pardini (organ, piano). Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 14 Mar. 2024 Over chalky pedal steel and piano drenched in reverb, North Carolina indie rocker Indigo De Souza looks back on her own knotted history with glassy eyes. Pitchfork, 4 Dec. 2023 And for Faye Webster, that instrument is pedal steel guitar in particular. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pedal steel was in 1965

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“Pedal steel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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