GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers)

 
4.8

(6 reviews)

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Introduce yourself to the world of pedal steel guitar! Order your GFI S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar from Sam Ash Direct today for the guaranteed lowest price.

Have you ever heard that high, lonesome sound? That trademark tone that has graced countless country and western recordings can be at your fingertips. The GFI S-10 Pedal Steel Guitar is an affordable way to possess a whole new world of tonal possibilities. The GFI S-10 is priced especially for students or guitarists who want to start playing steel guitar, but is also a great pro-level instrument that’s ready for the stage as well.


The S-10 is a single-neck, 10-string pedal steel. It's set up to accommodate E9th Nashville tuning, the tuning of choice for country, country-pop, and rock. The 3 floor pedals and 4 knee levers are used to bend the pitch of selected strings or pairs of strings. The GFI S-10 uses a single finger pull-release system, to ensure that the pedals and knee levers work smoothly and efficiently. The custom designed GF-II pickup provides smooth tones. The body is laminate-covered hard-rock maple die board with a Mica finish.


Get your GFI S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Pedal Steel Guitar
  • Hardshell Case

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GFI Musical InstrumentsS-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers)
 
4.8

(based on 6 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very nice starter pedal steel.

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from Meridian, MS

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good build quality for this amount of money
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Pedals are a bit noisy - a common problem though

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers):

Over the past three years or so I have owned 7 pedal steels. All of the prior ones have been purchased used. About 4 of them were purchased to be re-sold. Three of these were what I would classify as "starter" guitars. One of the starter guitars was a very old "kit" guitar that barely qualified as a real guitar. Basically unplayable. The two other starter guitars were Carter Starter models. Although the Carters were a breakthrough in their day, there is no comparison between the new GFI and the Carter Starters.

The GFI has three pedals and four knee levers...adequate for today's music and training materials. Build quality is very acceptable for a lower priced steel. The knee levers in particular shine above the Carter Starter, which used thin, easily bent aluminum angle and had a lot of motion and resistance to some of the levers. The GFI levers are heavy aluminum, with adjustment screws. Action is very easy and precise, with no undue travel. The guitar sounds very good through my Nashville 400 amplifier, and acceptable through my smaller Roland Cube 40, although not as good as the Peavey.

The guitar has an aluminum frame and nice heavy legs. The pedal bar is also aluminum. Pedal action is very nice and precise. The guitar seems to hold tune very nicely as well.

I notice a slight squeak on the B pedal, which is fairly common on pedal steels, especially the lower end models. I'm sure I can probably remedy this fairly easy.

You will need to tune the guitar and tune the pedals and levers most likely. When I got mine most of the changes on the pedals and levers were out a bit and had to be tuned slightly. The instruction included with the guitar are very minimal, but if you go the the FAQ on GFI's site, there are more detailed instructions for tuning the end pegs which control the tuning on the changes for the most part. Tuning is very easy and the adjustments don't require a lot of back and forth between engaged and not. I'm very pleased.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Steal A Great Steel!

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from Muldrow, Ok

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers):

    I bought the GFI Student Model after reading reviews on several websites. Being a member of two Steel Guitar Forums I check with my fellow players. I found nothing negative about the GFI family of Pedal Steel. And at the Sam Ash price, it was a steel. This was my first pedal steel and I couldn't be happier. Lightweight, easy to setup and fun to play.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this product again

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    from New Jersey

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy setup
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great case included
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Venues of all sizes

      Comments about GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers):

      Have played guitar and Dobro for years. This is the next step in my continuing music education.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      So far, so good!

      By 

      from Moscow

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Pedals Slightly Too High
      • Will Take Over Your Life

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers):

      It ain't easy being a six-string player. There are a million great guitarists in the world, and even when you manage to land a great gig, it's hard to turn heads because listeners now expect guitarists to be not just good, but mind-blowingly good, and original at the same time. That's a tough hill to climb. Enter the pedal steel guitar. Pedal steel is a sound I've had in my head since childhood, but the instrument was always referred to in reverent, hushed tones -- as something unachievable, or at least unbelievably difficult to learn, expensive and cumbersome. But with some encouragement from friends, I made the jump. I took an intro lesson, and the teacher, Karen Sarkisian, told me not to waste my money on a student model but to invest in a pro guitar. Ignoring her advice (I had a strict budget, and needed a lighter guitar for travel) I looked at the various options - the Stage One, the Carter Starter and the Mullen Discovery. I decided on the GFI S10 because it happened to be in stock. And I have been very pleased with it overall. The guitar is solidly built (except for one slightly shaky metal tuning peg), easy to assemble, fits into a case smaller than a guitar case, weighs only 40 pounds together with the case, and is very addicting. My other guitars are getting jealous. The S10 arrived almost perfectly in tune, although it took Sam Ash eight days to get it to me. I agree with the other reviewer that the nylon tuning pegs are hard to turn, but they work and the intonation is good. There's a steep learning curve for this instrument, but there are lots of good tutorials on Youtube, and if you put enough time into it, you'll be making sounds no one else has.

      (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Country Music

      By 

      from New York, NY

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Twangy Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers):

        Gerry Garcia from The Grateful Dead played a pedal steel guitar in "Teach Your Children" by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. It's usually used on country music.

        (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a Steel!

        By 

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Case
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Light
        • Rugged
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Gigging
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about GFI Musical Instruments S-10 SM Pedal Steel Guitar with Hardshell Case (3 pedals, 4 knee levers):

          Don't waste money buying old, used pedal steels on line. Get a new steel. This psg is a great deal for either someone just starting out or a seasoned pro who wants to leave that vintage beauty at home for gigs. Tone is strong with excellent 1950's style breakup through a tube amp. Great sustain and intonation. Was actually still in tune when I took it out of the box! Levers and pedals have good, firm action. Seems durable and rugged. Ordered this from Sam Ash on Tuesday and received it on Friday! Sales rep. Jeff was very helpful. This baby is all you need to get that high and lonesome sound. Would have been perfect if they offered it in a few different colors, although the black is simple and classy. Comes with sturdy and roomy case. Nylon tuning keys are hard to turn with included tool, but don't be afraid, they won't break. Pickup is the same that GFI uses on their pro models. Now I can get those authentic (no offence to my Hipshot B-bender, which is great) hard country sounds on my songs and home recordings. Thanks to GFI and Sam Ash for offering such a great pedal steel guitar at an excellent price. Would be great for gigging, as the steel is sturdy and has a very reasonable weight. Copedant tweakers beware! This steel will give you every sound you need for E9 Nashville tuning, but it doesn't lend itself to changing the functions of the pedals or levers. However, if classic or modern country sounds are what you are after, look no further. This is the real steel at a great price.

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