Up for sale, a 1995 Fender Stringmaster SM-2 dual 8 double neck console steel in excellent condition and in perfect working order. One of Fender Japan's rarest items from the tail end of the "Made in Japan" era of production, this exceedingly uncommon double neck console steel is a faithful reproduction of the iconic 1950s Fender original. The machining on the tuning machine tray and control plate is an uncanny replica of the '50s original, complete with a balance pot hidden beneath the "ashtray" bridge covers. Complete with the original black tolex Fender-branded hardshell case, this Stringmaster has a range of snappy tones to match its good looks.
The pair of eight pole single coil pickups per neck offer plenty of responsive snap and resonant chime, with a smooth, bold response across all strings. Freshly restrung with roundwound strings, the Stringmaster SM-2 can be bright and sparkling or warm and smooth with the twist of a Tone knob. The steel features a 24 1/2" scale with 2 3/16” string spacing at the nut and 2 5/8” spacing at the bridge. All electronics function as intended, and the chrome plating on the hardware is positively gleaming, save for light patina on the tuner buttons.
The Olympic White gloss finish (opaque, yet categorized as "Blond" in the '95 Fender Japan catalog) shows a touch of uniform yellowing, and cosmetic wear includes a few minor dings and finish scratches on the body.
The original black tolex case has a green plush interior, and the case boasts functional latches and the original handle with a raised Fender badge on the lid. While the telescoping legs aren't included, the leg flanges on the underside of the steel are identical to those used with Rhodes pianos, and those legs can be substituted.