Does anybody mind mentioning to me what this type of guitar is called? A pedal lap steel guitar maybe?

Man this thing has a magical sound!

  • Hardly pedal - there's not one in sight. Hardly lap - it's played like a standard guitar, not on one's lap.
    – Tim
    Feb 17, 2022 at 16:37

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These are all resonator guitars. The bridge bears on a spun metal cone inside the body of the guitar that projects the sound (similar to how the head of a banjo works).

The guitarists in the second and third videos are playing with slides.

There is such a thing as a resonator lap steel, but it has the action set so high as to be only playable with a slide (unplayable by fretting with fingers):

A pedal steel is an entirely different beast, also only playable with a slide (a.k.a. bar, steel, etc.), but built into a stand with pedals that bend individual strings:

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    See also Nobro and National guitars. Feb 17, 2022 at 14:25
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    Dzień dobry, @ToddWilcox! Perhaps you mean Dobro?
    – Theodore
    Feb 17, 2022 at 14:26
  • I wonder what would happen if you put some active EMG into that thing?
    – Neil Meyer
    Feb 17, 2022 at 14:34
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    @ToddWilcox - Dobro brings up lots of resonator guitars! Typo..?
    – Tim
    Feb 17, 2022 at 16:33
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    Of course I meant Dobro Feb 17, 2022 at 23:47

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