steel guitar


plural steel guitars
: any of various electric or acoustic stringed instruments (such as the Hawaiian guitar, the pedal steel, or the lap steel) that feature a metal resonator or that are played by moving a rigid object (such as a steel or glass bar) against plucked strings
steel guitarist noun
plural steel guitarists

Examples of steel guitar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This gorgeous ballad brims with aching fiddle and is slathered in steel guitar, while her collaborators — Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs — are no slouches, either. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 25 Sep. 2023 In response, artists like Strait, Reba, and Randy Travis led a neo-traditional wave, defined by a return to a rootsy western sound (swaying songs full of fiddle and steel guitar) and flaunting your country bonafides. Vulture, 18 Sep. 2023 With a steel guitar, the string spacing is very, very narrow. Chris Willman, Variety, 6 Aug. 2023 Along with the Brauns and Nazz, Reckless’ current makeup includes Joe Miller on bass guitar and Geoff Queen on steel guitar. Josh Crutchmer, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 2022 The song mixes piano with steel guitar and an electric guitar that blends Bridges and Lambert’s musical styles. Bridges and Lambert recorded and released the track through Lambert’s Vanner Records label. Tommy Cummings, Dallas News, 7 June 2023 Sticky melodies and lovelorn lyrics, however, are what really bind all the steel guitars and rave synths together. Spin Staff, SPIN, 5 June 2023 Accompanied with a steel guitar, Tongi’s talents were all on full display – control, tone, warmth. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 2 May 2023 One of the most beloved gospel songs of all time, it has been recorded by Mahalia Jackson, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, among many others, and as an instrumental piece on organ, piano, saxophone, violin, Fender Telecaster, steel guitar and musical saw. Robert Marovich, WSJ, 10 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of steel guitar was in 1910

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“Steel guitar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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