Fender '54 Champion Lap Steel

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description Lap steel guitar with Telecaster Electronics
Posted By Bill North (12505)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 5/1/2004, Bill North (12505) posted:
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I have a 1947 Rickenbacher B6 and a 2002 GFI 10 S-10 4/2. This Fender Champion IS the sound I was looking for that Rolling Stones slide blues sound.
Model Year: 1954
Price: $450.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
US made serial No. 5812 All original Maple with Yellow MOT finish Fretless full 3 Octave Lap Steel 1 Broadcaster bridge pickup and 1 each Volume and Tone. Known as the Standard Biscuit, string-thru with steel headstock cover. Deluxe Fender Tuners with Perloid Tuner Pedals
Action is quick and sweet. It's 50 years old, but still has years of playablity left. As bought it only had a intermittant jack problem (easily repaired with some fine emery cloth and a pencil)
Sound Quality:
I plug it into my Mesa/Boogie Mk IV and it just sings !!!! Born to play Rock and Blues Slide guitar. Full and rich with bright, full harmonics. I finally found that "Howling Wolf/Rolling Stones" gutsy blues sound I've been locking for...
50 years old and still kicking(it's only 3 years younger than me ). It stays in tune for weeks at a time and is immune to weather changes. Strings through the body and held by brass ferules on the back for full bodied resonance. The hardware will last through an atomic bomb.