Fender Deluxe 8 High Steel Electric Guitar (1956)

Fender  Deluxe 8 High Steel Electric Guitar  (1956)

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Fender Deluxe 8 Model High Steel Electric Guitar (1956), made in Fullerton, California, blonde lacquer finish, ash body, original tweed hard shell case.

The Deluxe 8 is one of the improved mid-1950's line of Fender steel guitars…essentially similar to a single-neck Stringmaster. The electronic set-up is particularly interesting, featuring two single-coil pickups which can be blended via a hidden rotary control under the bridge cover. The slightly asymmetrical body carries a metal fingerboard plate, metal "ashtray" tuner well with 8 metal-button Kluson tuners and a chrome plate carrying the pickups, bridge and two ribbed Tele-style knobs. This early example (pots dated to late 1955 and early '56) shows fairly heavy use but still sports a beautiful '50's Fender blonde finish and original components including the optional legs. This is a great sounding steel and a neat Fender collectible.
 
Overall length is 30 3/4 in. (78.1 cm.), 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) width, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 22 1/4 in. (565 mm.). Width of nut is 2 1/4 in. (57 mm.). Well played but all original; shows some rather heavy pickwear to the body and fingerboard but no alterations. Sounds great and includes a nice tweed HSC. Overall Very Good + Condition.