This is a 1993 Masterbuilt Fender Custom Shop Clarence White Telecaster built by Fred Stuart. The instrument has a B-Bender mechanism, Scruggs-Keith D-tuners on the 1st and 6th strings, and a gorgeous birds-eye maple neck. The hardware is chrome on a sunburst finished ash body. The guitar plays like a classic Tele, with medium-jumbo frets and a soft-V shaped neck. The instrument sounds great too, with all the sounds you want out of a Tele, and of course, the B-Bender gives you a steel-style sound you can’t get any other way. This instrument is in great shape, with minimal play wear and no major blemishes to speak of. Ships in its original hardshell case with COA and case candy (see pictures). Guitar is first ever Fender Custom shop Clarence White made.
Clarence White was principally a country and bluegrass player, but he is perhaps most well known for his long stint in the iconic rock band The Byrds. But it was in 1967, before his time with The Byrds, that White would team up with Gene Parsons to design the String Bender. This quirky system of springs and levers was designed to emulate the “crying” sound of a pedal steel guitar. The contraption worked like a charm, and B-Benders became a fast favorite for country guitarists. This instrument is a sort of spiritual tribute to White’s original B-Bender Tele, which had a lot more obtrusive modifications and, shall we say, “character”. In addition to its pedigree, this piece was also owned by another country guitar great, Marty Stuart, owner of the original Clarence White B-Bender Tele.
Nut Width: 1 ⅝”
Weight: 8 lbs. 3 oz.
Guitar is in great condition, case show some wear all latches work.