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David Dawson


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 4:24 am    
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I am curious why there are Fender Champions and Champs, is there a difference and if so, what?
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John Dahms


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 4:36 am    
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Both were single coil, single pickup student models. Champion was first, made from ca. '49-'55. It had a pearloid (mother of toilet-seat) finish and a Tele pickup ans 3 on a plate tuners. Champ was made after and appeared "Stringmaster-like" in appearance with a plastic covered pickup and tuners in a pan as well.
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C. E. Jackson


Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 5:17 am    
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I have both the Champion and the Champ. My favorite is the
Champion due to the combination nut, tuner, snake-head setup.
Also, in my opinion the sound is a little better.

FENDER CHAMPION (yellow pearloid): c. 1952


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Allan Revich


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 6:03 am    
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Champ (1957)


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C. E. Jackson


Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 7:30 am    
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Here are my 2 Champs. Gruhn states there were white or black finishes by 1976.

FENDER CHAMP (ivory blond): c. 1958


FENDER CHAMP (black): c. 1976


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David Dawson


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 1:08 pm    
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Thanks, John. Just one of those small curiosities.
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David Dawson


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Post  Posted 12 Sep 2019 1:09 pm    
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Nice, C.E.
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