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Fender Brent Mason Tele MN PrimerGrey

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Electric Guitar

  • Brent Mason Signature Model
  • Body: Ash
  • Bolt-on neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Fretboard inlays: Black pearloid dot
  • Neck profile: Late 60s C
  • Scale: 648 mm (25.51")
  • Fretboard radius: 184 mm (7.25")
  • Nut width: 41.3 mm (1.63")
  • Bone nut
  • 21 Vintage tall frets
  • Pickups: 1 Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack Tele STK-T38 single coil (bridge), 1 Seymour Duncan Hot Stack Strat STK-S2 single coil (middle) and 1 Seymour Duncan Vintage mini humbucker (neck)
  • 1 Master volume control and 1 master tone control
  • 3-Way switch
  • 3-Ply black pickguard
  • 6-Saddle bridge with Joe Glaser B-Bender system
  • Chrome / Gold hardware
  • Sperzel locking machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: Fender USA 250R NPS .010 - .046 (article no.

    104112

    )
  • Colour: Primer Grey
  • Case included
  • Made in USA
Colour Grey
Pickups SSH
Fretboard Maple
Tremolo None
Body Ash
Top None
Neck Maple
Frets 21
Scale 648 mm
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Bag No
Item number 497572
2.699 €
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An excellent guitar for any player, not just the Brent Mason fans
Mombasaflash 27.09.2021
Guitars are like shoes. They either fit you properly or they don't. Sometimes you can get by with ill-fitting shoes, just as you can manage with a so-so guitar.

There are no two ways about the fact that this is one excellent guitar, although quite heavy for a Tele. The build quality is exemplary, the range of available tones is impressive and the new design Glaser Bender is smooth and precise. Hit a string or strum a chord unplugged and you can feel the body vibrating. That always bodes well for an electric guitar and the result when plugged in is a punchy, authoritative tone.

However, as I said, guitars — like shoes — have to fit you, and this one does not fit me. The neck is too narrow at the nut for me, the 7.5" fingerboard radius is too tight and the neck profile is chunkier and deeper than I am comfortable with. If I kept it, I would have to change the neck for a slimmer one with a flatter radius. I would also almost certainly have it resprayed as well — because personally, I don't like that ugly looking matt grey primer finish.

It is a somewhat delicate looking paint finish and would undoubtedly appeal to those who like the beaten up, road worn grimy look. This one will achieve convincing 'relic' in a matter of days of regular use.

The mini-humbucker gives more meat to your neck pickup sound, without sounding all booming and mushy, and the bridge pickup gives you fairly classic Tele without being over-bright. The middle pickup is somewhat weak and a little boring on its own (yes, you can turn off the other two and have only the middle pickup active) but then I suppose its main purpose is to interact with the neck and/or bridge p/u's for Strat 'in-between' tones and more.

Brent Mason goes on about gradually feeding in the middle pickup with its separate volume, rather than simply switching it in at full volume with a five-way switch. But I found that turning its volume control up, when mixing it with one of the other two pickups, resulted in nothing happening at all until it reached the last 5% or so before full on. That is a pretty fiddly small range.

That said, with the middle pickup full on, the 'Strat' tones are very good, with just as much authority and punch as the Tele pickups on their own.

I am somewhat surprised that Fender has used a pull-pot to activate the middle pickup and not a spring-loaded Push/Push pot. I always use spring-loaded Push/Push pots. Much easier to only have to push ON and push OFF than fiddle about trying to pull the knob up when you are in a hurry and want to deactivate the middle pickup.

Perhaps when Brent was first modding his '67 Tele back in the 70's or 80's, Push/Push pots were not so easy to find. The first I ever knew of them was on a 1977 Yamaha SG1000 and they were the ONLY manufacturer to use them. Even though this guitar is supposed to replicate Brent's '67 Tele, I see no harm in taking small licence in updating or improving little details like that.

I do consider Fender is doing a bit of cashing in on the Brent Mason name and overpricing it by about €700. After all, it is just a two-planks-of-wood-Telecaster. The Glaser bender is a $650 (€550) retrofit for ANY Tele, the Sperzels are around €100 and there will be something for the SD pickups. But Fender will be getting a good deal on all of that hardware and everything else pretty much has to be on there anyway.

Nonetheless all in all, an excellent guitar for any player and, of course, pretty much made-to-measure for budding Country Tele-Slingers.

You just have to try it and see if it fits!
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AxelJean 22.09.2021
Good guitar, but seems like the people at fender have to do better quality checks. The volume knob was loose, the ferrule where you insert the low E- string was loose. The also have changed the cover of the middle pickup with one that doesn't have the Seymour Duncan logo. A minor detail, but in my opinion an important detail. This is my second Brent Mason guitar, and this one is much lighter than the previous one, which was Around 4kg. This one is 3,6, which is a huge difference with regards to how the bender reacts to when you move on stage. On this one I don't have to tighten it, I actually could loosen it to hav a smooth response without it moving/bending when moving araund on stage. All in all a good guitar, but one should expect that a guitar priced at nearly 2500 dollars had no loose parts.
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Best Telecaster EVER... in my opinion
Owens 25.06.2021
I was thinking about getting this guitar for months since it was released. I play country guitar so the Brent Mason model was a no brainier for me!

The pick ups sound amazing! A very polished and professional sounding blend with the middle pick up.

The modifications including the locking tuners, the 3 Seymour Duncan picks ups and the b-bender just make this the ultimate guitar for country guitar!

The hard case included is also super high end.

Just to note.. there is a Dunlop strap lock system included. It doesn’t mention this on the product.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is thinking about purchasing this guitar. I love mine!
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B-Bender
pgroehn 07.08.2021
Eine B-Bender Telecaster war schon lange ein Traum von mir – mit der BM Telecaster habe ich ihn mir nun endlich verwirklicht – einfach ungetestet bestellt- Thomann hat prima abgeliefert. Die Tele war perfekt eingestellt und gestimmt out oft he box.

Positiv:
- Der Glaser B-Bender funktioniert sehr gut und bietet Klangfeatures, die nur so erreicht werden können. Auch wenn man Country Bendings ansonsten gut beherrscht, ist dies nochmal eine Schippe drauf. Etwas Übung braucht es allerdings und einen an der Kleidung nicht rutschenden Gurt. Zudem kann der B-Bender auch noch als G-Bender umkonfiguriert werden, Anleitung dazu liegt anbei.
- Der Mini Humbucker am Hals hat einen sehr guten Klang und bringt mit leicht oder ganz wegegeregelten Höhen auch gute Jazz Sounds
- Insgesamt relativ gut Brummfrei, kaum Nebengeräusche
- Der Hals bietet aufgrund des Naturfinish und Form eine ausgezeichnete Bespielbarkeit, obwohl er dünn und schmal ist.
- Variable Klangmöglichkeiten – auch Stratsound vorhanden. Da stehe ich zwar nicht so drauf, aber bei bestimmten Countrysongs bzw. Soli ist die Option schon gut
- Alle drei Pickups zusammengeschaltet bringen einen interessanten Sound mit leichter unaufdringlicher Strateinfärbung
- Locking-Tuner garantieren super Stimmstabilität, die Locking-Rädchen sind allerdings sehr dünn, fühlt sich nicht so toll an
Negativ:
- Hardware-Poti und Schaltung etwas overloaded und nicht optimal funktional. Prinzipiell wären alle Sounds mit drei Potis und Pickupwahlschalter abrufbar, ein Push-Pull Poti hätte man sich sparen können. Oder das Blend Poti für mittleren Pick-up, dann mit Verzicht auf eh nicht so einfach regelbare "Zwischensounds", siehe nächster Punkt.
- Das mittlere Poti zum Einmischen des mittleren Strat Pick-Up hat nur einen sehr engen Bereich. Dies gibt Abzug in der Bewertung. Nur ca. 10 % Regelweg für Strat bzw. Mischsounds, danach passiert nix- bzw. dann kommt der reine Telesound. Zudem kratzt es etwas. Das werde ich wahrscheinlich mal nachbessern lassen.
- Gold und Silber Hardware durcheinander, insgesamt schaut die Tele schon etwas verbastelt aus

Neutral:
- Der Steg Pick up ist ok, aber da wäre vielleicht noch Luft nach oben
- Der Koffer ist ok, auch wenn er anfangs etwas muffelt (Autowerkstatt?)
- Gewicht ist etwas hoch, aber für Handhabung des B-Benders ist das eher gut

Fazit:
Ich sag mal so, eine Tele ist eine Tele – Einfach mit direkten Sounds. Die Brent Mason geht ein einige Schritte weiter- mal schauen, ob sie sich in der Praxis gegenüber meiner Custom Shop Tele durchsetzen wird.
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