Dating fender champion lap steel

23-Dec-2017 17:29

I am a horrible lap steel player, but still a fun time trying.Nice Vintage Fender Champ Lap Steel Demo Tunings I learned from several sources including Wikipedia Lap steel guitars are not tuned in standard guitar tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E, low to high).Looking at the chart below we can see that there was a pretty consistent numbering scheme for the vintage tweed Fender Champs.Champion 800 (green tweed)* 01 to 1000 – 1948-49 Champion 600 5B1 (two tone) 01 to 1300 – 1948-49 1300 to 1700 – 1950 1700 to 5000 – 1951-52 5000 to 5500 – 1953 Champ 5C1, 5D1 (tweed) 5500 to 6600 – 1953 6600 to 8000 – 1954 8000 to 9999 – 1955 Champ 5E1, 5F1 (tweed) C00001 to C00800 – 1955 C00800 to C03100 – 1956 C03100 to C06000 – 1957 C06000 to C08800 – 1958 C08800 to C12500 – 1959 C12500 to C15500 – 1960 C15500 to C16800 – 1961 C17000 to C19000 – 1962 C19000 to C21000 – 1963 C21000 to C23000 – 1964 So we can see that a serial number of C 09556 is pretty close to the lower end for serial numbers for 1959 5F1 tweed Fender Champs.Factory options include: Air Conditioning and CR-1 radio. 5,000 in really great condition, with red seat belts and red door pulls. Third owner - owned for the past 10 years by a 25 year PCA member. ,980Midnight Blue metallic with Blue seatbelts/door pulls. Optioned with sunroof, air conditioning and factory floor mats. All original owners manuals with Grand Prix White - 2nd owner, excellent condition, always garaged, 116K miles no leaks, no issues, great car! I have all the factory original manuals, window sticker, tool pouch, jack, spare tire and pump/inflator. ,000 it was fitted with rear seats from the factory.

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Some of the parts on these old Champion Lap Steel are the same as the early Telecasters (or Broadcasters as they were called in 1950). These old Fender Lap Steel are a bit hard to date accurately.

"Small" peghead, round string tree, truss rod adjusts at butt. Serial number on neck plate (except April to May 1954 models on back tremolo plate).

Neck is 1 piece of maple with black dot position markers.

It is quite hard to find these intact with all original parts.

People snatch the pickups and dome knobs off of these to pick on Telecasters. Came in a original hard case that is still in great shape.Walnut "skunk stripe" down back of neck where truss rod was installed.