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GE Smith was highly inspired by his very early 1948 Fender Champion Lap Steel and his signature Fender Telecaster shows this.GE had Fender use the same style for the fret markers and mounted the bridge pickup directly into the wood.Leo Fender starting building these in the late 1940s to cater to the Hawaiian music craze, but they also became favorites of Rock, Blues and Country players as well. Fender started making this model around 1948 and my best guess using serial number and pot codes is this one was probably made around 1952.These Champion Lap Steel used the same pickups as the early Fender Broadcasters.Joe Perry of Aerosmith uses Open E on his electric lap steel.David Lindley is another player who uses transposed variations of these tunings.
Wider headstock generally appears from December 1965. In addition to these, a medium size headstock was used on special models (The Strat, Walnut Strat and Gold Stratocaster) in early 80's.
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.
Open G is tuned D-G-D-G-B-D Open A is tuned E-A-E-A-C#-E Open D is tuned D-A-D-F#-A-D Open E is tuned E-B-E-G#-B-E Bluegrass and Country Dobro players using a square-neck instrument tend to favor an altered G tuning, often called “High-G”, where the 6th string is tuned up to “G” instead of down to “D”, and the 5th string is also tuned up, to B: G-B-D-G-B-D.
They also sometimes raise it up to “High-A”: A-C#-E-A-C#-E.