Here’s a Fender Champion Model Lap Steel Electric Guitar (1952), made in Fullerton, California, yellow pearloid finish, hardwood body, tweed case .
This Champ is a super example of Fender’s “bread and butter” lap steel guitar from the first half of the 1950s. Although designed as a student instrument, the Champion Steel was — and remains — a great-sounding guitar fully suited to professional use then or now. The flashy plastic-covered symmetrical two-bout body has a chrome bridge and cover plates with dome-top knurled knobs. The serial number “2546” is stamped on the bridgeplate where the strings anchor through the body.
The metal fingerboard plate pinned to the body has black paint screening to outline fret positions. The headstock has metal facing with integral nut stamped with lighting bolt logo and “Fender Electric Instrument Co. Fullerton, California”. Over the years many Champs have sacrificed their pickups to provide pickups for vintage Telecaster recreations — this one has avoided that fate. This is a late example of this classic model; a very cool steel guitar, a fine-sounding player, and a genuine 1950s Fender instrument at a relatively reasonable price!
Overall length is 29 3/4 in. (75.6 cm.), 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/2 in. (572 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/4 in. (57 mm.)