Written by Guitar Chalk Editorial
The Fender Brent Mason Telecaster is a signature electric guitar built for the Nashville recording artist by Fender and the Fender Custom Shop, and is intended primarily for country music. It uses a unique pickup configuration (compared to most Telecasters) with a middle Strat pickup, a mini humbucker at the neck, and a traditional Tele bridge pickup.
Its gold/silver hardware mixture and dark gray finish is also a unique design of Brent Mason that we don't see in other Telecasters.
To help you get an idea of how the guitar performs, we've given three ratings, one each for pickups, build quality, and overall tone quality.
Basic Stats and Specs
Seymour Duncan pickups
As we'd expect from a signature Telecaster, the Brent Mason model performs quite well in all these categories. Currently, the retail cost of this guitar sits squarely at $2700, which is consistent across multiple companies and resellers. We've still added a table with current pricing (as of our most recent update of this page), along with a table with all three pickups.
Brent Mason Telecaster Price
Brent Mason Tele Pickups
Seymour Duncan® Vintage Stack® Tele® STK-T3B
Seymour Duncan® Hot Stack® Strat® STK-S2
Seymour Duncan® Vintage Mini HB
For those wanting more detail on the pickups, we've given each one their own profile section below. As mentioned previously, this is a unique setup for a Telecaster, with a Strat pickup in the middle and a mini humbucker at the neck, giving you a rare SSH pickup configuration.
Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack Tele STK-T3B
This guitar uses a Vintage Stack Tele pickup, built by Seymour Duncan, at the bridge position.
Low to moderate
Seymour Duncan Hot Stack Strat STK-S2
A unique middle position in this Telecaster is actually occupied by a Hot Stack Strat pickup, also built by Seymour Duncan.
Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini HB
Instead of the traditional "lipstick" Tele pickup, Mason uses a Seymour Duncan Mini humbucker at the neck position for some added power.
1c Braided Shield
What are the basic fretboard measurements for the Brent Mason Signature Telecaster? By most comparisons, this guitar is middle of the road in terms of neck size and design. The 1.625" nut width is a little smaller than the 1.685" we typically see in American series Strats and Telecasters. This will give the neck a thinner feel, though you couldn't tell much of a difference just from looking at it. The Brent Mason model also has a slightly smaller fretboard radius.
Radius of the fingerboard curvature on the neck.
Space between the bridge and end of the first fret (nut).
Width of the first fret, right before you get to the headstock.
Number of frets
How many frets total are on the neck.
How does Brent Mason's Telecaster fit in the most common musical styles? This is one of the most important questions when it comes to buying an electric guitar. For this Telecaster, we'd recommend it primarily for country, though it can also hang in the rock and pop genres. Jazz might also be a decent fit, though we didn't include that in the grading section below.
With bridge tweaks for slide guitar and a twangy tone profile, the Brent Mason Telecaster is perfect for playing country music.
The humbucker at the neck gives you some added push and there's plenty of control flexibility, so softer and less edgy rock styles can work with this guitar.
Pop and other miscellaneous musical styles are a decent fit for the Brent Mason Telecaster.
Best stylistic fit? Country
Brent Mason is a Nashville-based country artist and guitar player, and his signature Telecaster is specifically made for that style. That's not to say it can't work in other contexts, but country fans are going to be most effectively served by this particular Tele.
Ideal String Pairings
We'd recommend replacing the Fender-brand strings included with this guitar. Though, what are some of the most ideal options? Here are a few we'd recommend:
.010 - .046
Ernie Ball Regular Slinky
A catch-all string set that works for most styles.
.010 - .052
Skinny Top Heavy Bottom
Good for heavier styles that still want the high-register notes to be light.
.011 - .049
Elixir Optiweb Electric Strings
Coated string that lasts long and sounds great with slide or country styles
.007 - .038
Jim Dunlop Billy Gibbons
Light set inspired by Billy Gibbon's playing style.
Ideal Pedal Pairings
Which guitar pedals are good stylistic fits for this particular guitar? We'd recommend starting with a bluesy overdrive, phaser, delay, and tremolo or reverb.
Ibanez TS9 Tubescreamer
MXR Phase 90 Phaser pedal
Boss DD-8 Digital Delay
Strymon Flint Tremolo/Reverb
Do you have questions about the Brent Mason Telecaster? If so, we've answered a few of them here, but if there's something we've missed, drop it in the comments section below and we'll take a look.
Where can I find the Wiring diagram?
This TDPRI thread has a lot of good info on this guitar's wiring specs.
Is it available in Canada?
It depends on who you're buying from, but most major retailers will ship to Canada as well as the United States.
Is it available in the UK?
It depends on who you're buying from, but most major retailers will ship to the United Kingdom as well as the United States.
What kind of pickups does the guitar use?
The Brent Mason Telecaster uses a combination of a Seymour Duncan Mini humbucker, Hot Stack Strat, and Vintage Stack Tele single coils.
What kind of strings does it ship with?
The Brent Mason Telecaster ships with Fender-brand strings, .010 - .046.
Full Technical Specs List
- Number of Strings: 6
- Left or Right-handed: Right-handed
- Type: Solidbody
- Shape: Brent Mason Telecaster
- Tonewood: Ash
- Finish: Satin Polyurethane
- Color: Primer Gray
- Neck Material: Maple
- Radius: 7.25"
- Fingerboard Material: Maple
- Inlays: Black Dots
- Number of Frets: 21, Vintage Tall
- Scale Length: 25.5"
- Nut Width: 1.625"
- Nut Material: Bone
- Bridge/Tailpiece: 6-Saddle Tele Bridge with Glaser B/G Bender system
- Tuners: Sperzel Locking
- Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Vintage Mini Humbucker
- Middle Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Stack Strat STK-S2 Single-coil
- Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan Vintage Stack Tele STK-T3B Single-coil
- Controls: 1 x master volume, 1 x middle pickup volume, 1 x master tone (push/pull tone control), 3-way blade pickup switch
- Strings: Fender, .010-.046
- Case Included: Hardshell Case
The Brent Mason Telecaster certainly is not cheap, but they give you a lot of unique features and some really interesting specs for what you pay. You get a well thought-out pickup schematic from Seymour Duncan, a smaller neck profile for faster vertical movement, and Fender American series quality.
It's especially ideal for those in the country music space, or perhaps in sub genres of Southern Rock.