The new Fender Brent Mason signature Telecaster celebrates the work of a living legend among session guitarists. After five decades in the industry, Mr Mason has racked up over 1000 albums. I think we can be fairly certain that he knows what he likes! His signature Telecaster is a jack-of-all-trades that looks ideal for session work.
Fender Brent Mason signature Telecaster
This intriguing model is based on Brent Mason’s original ‘67 model that he acquired in the 1980s and that had already been stripped of its original finish and re-sprayed… with grey auto primer. That guitar is the basis for this rather special signature model.
It’s a recreation of a unique – because highly modified – vintage Telecaster that includes the following tweaks: a Glaser Bender system, a Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker in the neck position, a red Hot Stack in the middle and Vintage Stack in the bridge position, a set of locking Sperzel tuners and Dunlop locking strap buttons!
The ash body is finished with a Primer Gray satin lacquer finish just like Brent’s original. It also has a period-correct maple late-‘60s “C”-shaped neck with a 7.25” radius and maple fingerboard. The custom control layout features a three-way pickup selector switch, a master volume, plus an independent middle pickup volume and push/pull master tone control.
The original is certainly is an odd duck, but you can tell that it’s a guitar that someone took a long time to work on and fit out as a a workhorse instrument. This recreation can be heard in action in the demo video; the full specifications over at the Fender site.
Limited Edition Custom Shop
There is also a limited run of only 60 Custom Shop versions by Master Builder Kyle McMillin and these have all the wear and tear of the original.
RRP- Standard Version USD 2499.99