LAP STEEL GUITAR: A lap steel guitar is one type of steel guitar. The strings are elevated above the fretboard and rather than pressing the strings to the fretboard, you fret with a steel, or steel bar with the left hand, moving it up and down the strings to create a sliding sound while the right hand plucks the strings. It is a guitar designed to lie flat on your lap while you play. Because lap steel guitars are put on the lap, they can have almost any shape, from a simple square plank to a guitar-like shape. If standing, a lap steel guitar can be worn hanging on long straps in front of the belly, or it can be mounted on a stand.
In principle, any electric, acoustic or resonator guitar can be turned into a lap steel guitar by raising the strings. Apart from such modified guitars, there are also genuine, purpose-made lap steel guitars with square necks.