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Geri's Vintage Steels

1955 Fender D8 Stringmaster

July 3, 2019 • Geronimo "Geri" ValdrizInstruments and Luthiers

Long before Leo Fender built the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, he built Hawaiian lap steels.

Fender's steel guitars featured single, double, triple and quad necks. Various scale lengths, 6 and 8 strings, and several pickup configurations.

1955 Fender D8 Stringmaster

The Stringmaster Double neck 8 string steel guitar features dual pickups, an Ash wood body, see through blond finish, and a control knob for pickup balance.

1955 Fender D8 Stringmaster

The Stringmaster model debuted in 1953 and is one of Fender's most highly regarded steel guitars. This instrument was owned by famed steel guitarist Sonny Kamahele.

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