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1950 Fender Champion Vintage Lap Steel Yellow Pearloid w/ Original Pickup, Case


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Up for sale, a 1950 Fender Champion lap steel in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original case. 100% original save for new tuner buttons on the original Klusons, this Champion retains its original flat-pole Broadcaster-spec pickup, delivering a soulful and snappy sound with plenty of chewy twang and sparkle on tap. Strung with fresh roundwound strings, the Champion has been a mainstay of gigging musicians and recording artists for decades.

The headstock features a clean chrome plate embossed with the lightning bolt "Fender Electric Instruments" logo, along with a set of original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners with replacement white buttons. The metal playing surface overlay on the pearloid is also quite clean, with no notable wear.

The wiring harness features untouched solder joints, with an original Astron paper-in-oil tone cap and Stackpole pots, with visible date codes from the 21st week of '50. The original pickup at the heart of this steel is becoming a real rarity in its own right, as many Champions have suffered the indignity of having their pickup repurposed for Telecaster restorations, as the pickup is sonically and structurally identical to early Teles and Broadcasters, save for a two-screw mounting plate. This particular Champion retains its original pickup with stock windings.

The chrome-plated pickup cover and control plate are remarkably well-kept, and the three-digit serial number is stamped on the bridge base behind the saddle. The original pair of domed knobs are intact too, identical to what you'd find on the earliest Broadcasters/Nocasters/Telecasters. The steel utilizes all flathead mounting screws. The yellow pearloid wrap is an early example, less pearl-esque than later Champion steels, and the treble-side wing had previously split and has been professionally reglued with targeted touch-up. Wear is otherwise limited to some minor intentations and scuffs.

The original form-fit chipboard case is included. The case has functional latches and the original molded handle.