This is a real one of a kind, and can be properly appreciated by any Brent Mason fans. In essence this is a clone of Brent's famous grey Fender, but this baby has a beautiful burst and was made by the good folks at Suhr Guitars.
We basically have a stock tele, but after a lot of research and hunting I managed to find an original 60's gibson mini humbucker for the neck and an original 80's Seymour Duncan stack with the original logo on a burgundy cover.
The curious element is that it's not fitted with a 5 way switch as you might expect, and there's an extra knob on the control plate. It's actually wired as a standard tele with a 3 way selector, and the extra knob controls the middle pickup. This is great because I can obviously get my "straty" tones of the bridge and middle pickups, or neck and middle (I can even run all three pickups if I want to) but I can roll on the middle pickup to about 5, which takes away some of the harsh frequencies associated with a telecaster bridge pickup. I can't thank Joe Glaser enough for coming up with this, suddenly you have a tele which can play more than country!
I should also mention that neck pickup as I was a little hesitant over getting a pickup I'd never experienced before, but I can tell you that mini humbuckers are incredible, it gives you a fat tone, but one that's never wooly. I suddenly understood why the jazz cats use this so often, hopefully it's going to work great in the western swing thing!
Custom "Fender" Strat - Red
"Red" has a rather long history and started life as a Fender classic 50's player Strat that I picked up in early 2009 while I was waiting for the Suhr to arrive.
Initially named "Hank" thanks to Doug Cartwright, It wasn't really a love affair made in heaven as it nothing but average in all fields. In the summer of 2011 I decided it was time to reinvent Hank and turn it into something a little more Scott Henderson.
The only thing original on this guitar is the body!
Fender 50's reissue body - Fiesta Red Warmoth neck - Maple/Pao Ferro, same profile as the Suhr Sperzel Locking Machineheads Gotoh 510TS-SF1 recessed into body Suhr pickups (3x MLs extra hot bridge, reverse wound middle) CTS electrics
The goal was to create something that felt like my Suhr but that had the classic look and sound. The extra hot bridge pickup gives me a little more bite with drive, and that reverse wound gives me a true out of phase sound in positions 2 and 4. The neck is all Henderson.
The neck has the same profile and radius as my Suhr, and is Pao Ferro on Maple. 22 jumbo frets finish it off nicely.
The trem was the finishing touch, again a match for my Suhr. It has just come back from Tim Marten after having the body recessed so I can get a nice pull up without having to compromise with the bridge angle. The locking machineheads and Tusq XL nut ensure that this beast stays in tune no matter how Jeff Beck or Scott Henderson I need to go.
The finishing touch is the chunk sanded out the back for access, and rock and roll graffiti. A classic from the front but a dirty girl from the back! Here's to many years together.