The Fender Stringmaster
is a series of table steel guitars
produced by Fender from 1953 to 1980.
Models were available with two, three and four necks, each neck with eight strings. The four neck version, known as the quad
or Q-8, was discontinued in 1968.
Each neck had two single-pole pickups, which could be used either individually or mixed by means of a three-way pickup selector awitch for each neck. A single tone and a single volume control served the entire instrument.
The original 1953 models had a long scale length
, at 26". From 1954 the scale length was reduced, and two shorter lengths were available, 24.5" and 22.5", both with 31 frets.
A single neck version was also available, called the Fender Deluxe
, in both six and eight string versions. The six string Deluxe is possibly more properly called a lap steel guitar
, despite its three detachable legs; All models of Stringmaster and Deluxe were simply called steel guitars
in Fender publications.
The name Fender Deluxe
was also used for an unrelated series of Fender combo amplifiers
produced in the 1950s, see Fender Deluxe Reverb
- from p32 of the 1972 Fender guitar and bass catalogue, describing the Stringmaster twin and triple neck models then available.