Fender announces Brent Mason Telecaster collaboration

Fender Musical Instruments Corp has announced its first ever collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist Brent Mason, with the Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster and Stories Collection Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Brent Mason Telecaster.

As well as boasting a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental (2009), Brent Mason is a twelve-time winner of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Guitarist of the Year Award, and a two-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year Award. 

The guitarist has also played on over a thousand albums, making him one of the world’s most recorded guitarists of all time, and in 2019 was inducted into Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum. 

“Fender coming together with Brent Mason to create something special feels long overdue,” says Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Product. “We are extremely proud of what we have created side-by-side with the master of the Telecaster. The Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster guitars are modeled after one of the most recorded guitars of all time and feel well worth the wait. Brent Mason is known for his versatility, his precision and recognizable tone, and fans will find all three of those things right here in this guitar.”

The Brent Mason Telecaster, a Fender production line model, is a faithful recreation of the trusty Telecaster Mason discovered in a Nashville guitar shop in the early 1980s:  a ‘67/’68 model that had been stripped of its original finish and re-sprayed in grey auto primer. Mason went on to outfit the guitar with new pickups and controls and a Glaser Bender system. 

Special features carefully selected by the Mason include a Joe Glaser B-Bender system, a Seymour Duncan mini-humbucker in the neck position, locking Sperzel tuners and Dunlop locking strap buttons.

The Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Brent Mason Telecaster features a 2-Piece Offset Seam Ash body, a Quartersewn Maple neck, custom 6-saddle Tele bridge with a modified plate and saddles for the Joe Glaser B-Bender system, with custom Heavy Relic finish.

“The Limited Edition Brent Mason Telecaster captures everything we hold dear at the Fender Custom Shop,” comments Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development for the Fender Custom Shop. “Immaculate attention to detail, the finest custom features and unrivalled playability. We are immensely pleased with the results and feel the guitar is a true testament to one of the best guitar players of our times.”

“My main, and most loved, guitar for over 35 years has been my 1967 Fender Telecaster, so it feels great to see the Fender Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster come to life,” says Mason. “I have lost count of the number of hit songs the guitar has featured on over the years, alongside the likes of Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, Toby Keith…there are hundreds. It has some brilliant features – my favorite of which is the middle pickup with an extra volume control knob – and I can’t wait to see what the guitar can do in the hands of other players around the world.”

The Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster retails for $2,500, while the Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Brent Mason Telecaster sells for $12,500.