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1966 Fender Champ Vintage Lap Steel Olympic White, 100% Original & Near Mint w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Fender Champ steel in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Featuring its original nitro lacquer Olympic White gloss finish, this Champ retains its stock gray bobbin flat-pole pickup. The tone is quintessential Fender richness and chime with a bell-like sweetness to the sound that is equal parts twang and silk. This steel has been freshly restrung here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with roundwound 11s.

The playing surface is immaculate with block position markers, and the chrome Fender headstock cover plate houses the stock double-line Kluson tuners with original black plastic buttons. The scale length is 22 1/2", and string spacing at the bridge is 2".

The electronics include the flat pole gray bobbin pickup and untouched solder joints, with CTS pots that date to the 31st week of '66. The chrome plating on the control plate is positively gleaming, and the original pair of very rare black knurled knobs is intact. The original Fender waterslide decal is practically perfect, and wear on the gloss Olympic White finish is limited to a bit of faint bleed from the orange case lining onto the lacquer on the bottom body edge, and just a couple tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The green felt pad on the back is like-new in its presentation.

The original black tolex hardshell case is included, with functional latches, the original handle, and Fender logo on the case lid. The steel comes with a couple instruction books of the era and a vintage slide.