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Michael Lee Allen


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Des Plaines Illinois just NW of ChIraq
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Michael Lee Allen


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Michael Lee Allen


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basilh


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A few of mine..




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Michael Lee Allen


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Steffen Gunter


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Munich, Germany
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This is my '56 (Paul Seager mentioned this one in another thread). Actually tuned to C6 (High G far neck) and F#9 (Dick McIntire)


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Norman Evans


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Tennessee
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Before



After



'57, the one in my avatar
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 7 Apr 2017 7:12 am     Reply with quote

Norman,
Good for you, I won't play an ugly instrument either! Very Happy
But a lot of naysayers will say: "Shame on you"!
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Norman Evans


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Tennessee
Post Posted 8 Apr 2017 5:26 am     Reply with quote

Erv,
Thanks. The before pics just don't really show how bad it was. I felt I had to make it better.
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Terry Barnett


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Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada
Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 5:09 am     Reply with quote

Mine's a 55. You know, the push button switches seem to give a lot of problems but these guys still work just fine after 60 plus years. Who knew?
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 7:54 am     Reply with quote

Norman,
When I got my 1st Sho~Bud I sold my T-8 Stringmaster.
Several years later I had the chance to buy it back.
The fellow who had been playing it must have been using a claw hammer, it was in terrible shape.
I took it apart and restored it to just as good as new. Very Happy
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Larry Lenhart


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Ponca City, Oklahoma
Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 8:29 am     Reply with quote

Terry, your T8 looks just about like mine, but mine doesnt have the push buttons on it and I think it is a 57 ?
But at any rate, I like to say mine has "character" Smile
The first steel I bought was a quad...this was in 68 and it belonged to my teacher, Bill Pruitt, who bought it new...it had the push buttons...wish I still had it...he sold it to me for $150.
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Jeff Mead


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London, England
Post Posted 19 Apr 2017 8:42 am     Reply with quote

Larry Lenhart wrote:
Terry, your T8 looks just about like mine, but mine doesnt have the push buttons on it and I think it is a 57 ?


That sounds right. By '57 Stringmasters would have had a blade switch like on a Telecaster.
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Terry Barnett


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Larry if you want to make a substantial profit on your guitar...I'm willing to offer you $225.00. Now that's a one time only deal Wink
Yeah, mine's got plenty of character too, but I'm not about to change anything. It's great the way it is. Cheers
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
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Finally getting around to posting pictures of my D8 Stringmaster ('59) and Dual 6 Professional (?). The blend pots on the Dual 6 are date coded '53 and '54 and the tag between the necks has the block letters instead of cursive. What year did they change the lettering?

Both are very clean guitars but the D8 is really clean. Been under a bed for almost all its life. Bought from the son of the original owner through friend and forum member Tommy Auldridge last year. Now that I'm getting more accustomed to eight strings, I may part with the Dual 6.



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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 10:28 am     Reply with quote

I think Leo had those pots lying around for a while.
The style of the guitar puts it at least a couple of years later than '53-'54.
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 10:38 am     Reply with quote

Bill Sinclair wrote:
The blend pots on the Dual 6 are date coded '53 and '54 and the tag between the necks has the block letters instead of cursive. What year did they change the lettering?


Interesting. I've only seen the block lettering on the early long scale Stringmasters (and earlier trapezoid steels of course).

I always thought the script badges came in at the same time as the second style of Stringmaster (with the black pickup covers and shorter scale length etc.) Of course the Stringmaster style Dual 6 would have been intruduced at the same time as these later Stringmasters.

Assuming your badge wasn't replaced at some point with an earlier one, maybe it's another example of Fender using up old parts after they had supposedly moved on to something new?
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Bill Sinclair


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Erv Niehaus wrote:
I think Leo had those pots lying around for a while.
The style of the guitar puts it at least a couple of years later than '53-'54.


Thanks, Erv. The pencil marks under the tuning pan were hard to read but looked kinda like '58.

Jeff: I wondered about that too. A mystery.
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Jeff Mead


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Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 11:07 am     Reply with quote

Bill Sinclair wrote:
Erv Niehaus wrote:
I think Leo had those pots lying around for a while.
The style of the guitar puts it at least a couple of years later than '53-'54.


Thanks, Erv. The pencil marks under the tuning pan were hard to read but looked kinda like '58.

Jeff: I wondered about that too. A mystery.


Actually Bill, you can probably answer a question I was wondering about. Are the body dimensions of the D8 and D6 the same. Wondering if they used the regular bodies and just put different hardware on?
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 11:17 am     Reply with quote

Bill,
That seems about right. Very Happy
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William Hoff


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Missouri, USA
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I do the steel parts, and extra guitar stuff in a Yes Tribute band. My Dual 6 Stringmaster is the ultimate tool for that job.
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Miles Lang


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Rincon Beach, California, USA
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When did Fender stop using the spaghetti logo on the front of D8 Stringmasters?
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Bill Sinclair


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Hagerstown, Maryland, USA
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 8:22 pm     Reply with quote

Jeff Mead wrote:

Actually Bill, you can probably answer a question I was wondering about. Are the body dimensions of the D8 and D6 the same. Wondering if they used the regular bodies and just put different hardware on?


Jeff,
Good question. You gave me the incentive to finally break out the tape measure and check. A detailed response in this thread: http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=2622589#2622589
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Cartwright Thompson


Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 6:03 am     Reply with quote

[quote="Miles Lang"]When did Fender stop using the spaghetti logo on the front of D8 Stringmasters?[/quote]
I'd say early 60's but it is interesting to note that the black triple in the early 70's catalog posted above has the older style logo.
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