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Video walkthrough of a 1957 (PAF) Ultratone lap steel, compared with earlier ones


Active member
Sep 10, 2015
Here is a video I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

The PAF Ultratones (‘57-‘59) have always fascinated me. I own one that I have been (very slowly) restoring with correct parts. I saw that Joe Bonamassa recently got one as well, as seen on his Instagram. I know that Tom W. owns a few, too, so I think he is interested in this subject, too.

I also like how the earliest PAF equipped Ultratones shed some light on the dawn of the PAF era in the Gibson factory. In that regard, you’ll see some quirks and details explained in this video that I think you will find interesting.

Anyway, thanks for looking! Here is the link: