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1953 Fender Champion Vintage Lap Steel Yellow Pearloid w/ Case & Original Pickup


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Up for sale, a 1953 Fender Champion lap steel in excellent condition and in perfect working order. 100% original save for a modern set of Kluson single line tuners, this Champion retains its original flat-pole Tele-style pickup, delivering a soulful and snappy sound with plenty of chewy twang and sparkle on tap. Strung with 10-46 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 reissue Kluson Deluxe single line tuners with 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 paper-in-oil tone cap and Stackpole pots which date to the 12th week of '53. 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 four-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 Telecasters. The yellow pearloid wrap is quite clean overall, exhibiting a few surface splits in the yellow pearloid wrap material on the bass side of the body, and the material sits flush with the body on all edges.

A vintage hardshell case is included, covered in a beige tweed-like material. The case has functional latches and the original handle with green felt on the interior.