You are correct. I was researching and found this link confirming it is a stringmaster:It doesn't appear to be a pedal steel to me...
Is it a 'Stringmaster'?
Agree 100% with this--it is and has been a desirable model for many years. The earlier tweed or brown case eras tend to be more highly regarded and usually fetch a little more vs the black tolex years. BTW, this is where my Stringmaster "handle" came from--not that I'm a master of things with stringsIt is not a Stringmaster. Stringmasters have two, three, or four necks. It is, as is correctly stated in the OP, a Deluxe 8, though it is of course not a pedal steel. As tamader74 has correctly noted, it's a console steel. (I've owned a triple 8 Stringmaster since 1976, and a Deluxe 8 since 1982.)
The Deluxe 8 is highly sought after by Sacred Steel guitarists because of its identification with a prominent player in that tradition. It's not unreasonable to expect a sale price in a private transaction approaching $1000, although dealers of course will offer considerably less.
Yep, that's the one.My Deluxe 8 is blonde with a white case and 3 legs. I paid $550 or $600 for it about 15 years ago. Is that the one the Sacred Steel guys want?
In the '50s, Fender made two versions of a six string lap steel with a single bridge pickup, slanted like a Tele's, but with overall body shape and tuner pan closely resembling our Deluxe 8s. Version 1, with a thinnish body and no legs, was called Champ, while version 2, with thicker body and three legs, was called Studio Deluxe. So I can see how you might have thought that.Actually I thought they were called Studio model?
Sorry to offend you, and I'm also Sorry for your attack on just what I was personally there and offered for my Console steel in certain parts,...the funny part is why would you feel the need to belittle MY post, and put down any successful Vintage Dealer that most definitely has some awesome feedback, and deals with a slew of Professional Musicians.Parts value double? False.
They are not "made" for E tunings--C6 would have been far more common in the day.
Btw, Elderly sold me a '57 Fender Stringmaster 7-8 years ago. I asked them if it was all original. Yes, yes, of course was the answer.
I get the guitar and the knobs were "harvested" by some ahole.
I call Elderly.
They claim they didn't know the knobs were replacement (aren't you guys supposed to be the experts?) but would give me $100 or take it back.
$100 for vintage Fender knobs--good luck finding any at that price.
So Elderly isn't the be-all source for this stuff in case anyone thinks otherwise.
...LOL, nothing to ease off about Gas-man, first off, these have the same knobs that can be used on a vintage Tele., and I'm with you on just what Elderly offered you as compensation for the original knobs, as a set of those sell at swap meets, eBay, vintage shops for anywhere from $200-$300. which IS a far cry from a lousy $100.,...Easy there Chief. Wow.
I was merely saying that any vintage Fender steel is not worth twice what it would sell for in parts.
The OP's guitar is worth $6-800 let's say. No way he is getting 12-16 out of it in parts.
What parts on that guitar could possibly be worth that kind of scratch?