Earnest Uncommon Musical Instruments branches into a new line of lap steel guitars with the introduction of the Eckenbacher. Designed in collaboration with Maine guitarist, Cartwright Thompson, the Eckenbacher combines some of the best features of both Fender and Rickenbacher steel guitars into one beautiful instrument. It’s made of select, lightweight swamp ash with a maple fretboard and headstock veneer, highlighted with black veneer “frets”, and black position dots. Kluson Style tuners, a tele-style bridge (with a one-piece solid brass saddle), chrome knobs, parchment or bakelite pickguards, and a translucent blonde lacquer finish (other colors available) give the instrument a traditional look. A Jason Lollar Special T Bridge Pickup is the hot ticket with “rounder top end, fuller mids, and smoother bottom” (just what kind of “pickups” is he talking about here?). Also available with a one meg tone pot, for that “Ooh-Aah” effect. The 23.5” scale length is just the right compromise between the old Rics and Stringmaster guitars. The Eckenbacher was a hit with steel players at the recent NY Uke Festival. Hard shell Fender style case included.