Leo Fender starting building lap steels in the late 1940s to cater to the Hawaiian music craze, but they also later became favourites of rock, blues and country players. Leo was a big fan of Western Swing musicians and what would become known generically as country music.
Fender eventually offered a full range of steel guitars which became a very popular part of the Fender catalogue. The pickup design in these are similar to what was used in the bridge of early Telecasters – you can hear that as soon as you plug it in.
This lap steel is in great shape for its age and sounds terrific. The blonde finish is gorgeous and offers a classy, vintage look. It is in great shape overall. A few minor scratches and nicks here and there, but nothing offensive.
This Champ steel appears to be in completely original condition. All electronics and hardware are in perfect working order.
Solid body with rounded edges in blonde finish. Chrome tailpiece/control plate with a metal bar bridge and dual black knurled control knobs. Original bridge cover is present and accounted for.
The neck features beveled edges and a black metal fingerboard with white block fret markers and a 2 5/8” metal nut. Nickel tuners with Ebanoid buttons, 22.5” scale length.
Original single-coil pickup with master volume and tone controls.
Pickup: 5.38 K ohms
Weight: 4.8 lbs
Comes in an excellent TKL hard case in new condition.
Video Demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrgvGV5aa1U