A Supreme Player's Axe, Straight from a Session Pro!
Nashville session ace Brent Mason is one of the hottest players in the business, and when he puts his signature on a guitar, it goes without saying that it has to be a pretty hip ax. The result of a collaboration between Mason and custom guitar maker Valley Arts, the Brent Mason Signature Custom Pro is based on the Joe-Glaser-modified 1968 Fender Telecaster that Mason has used on countless sessions for the last 15-plus years. The Signature's most notable features are its Gibson mini-humbucker in the neck position, Duncan Hot Stack for Strat humbucker in the middle slot, and Duncan Classic Stack for Tele humbucker at the bridge.
A separate volume control allows the middle pickup to be blended in with the other pickups. The Signature also has a push-pull function on the tone control that activates a coil tap on the middle pickup.
Cosmetically, the Brent Mason Signature Custom Pro is a unique blend of disparate elements. The silver body and black pickguard go great together, and the matching headstock is a nice touch. A mix of chrome-, gold-, and nickel-plated hardware, a "vintage" toned neck, and, of all things, a red pickup complete this eye-catching guitar. The Signature's big neck feels great, the large frets are smoothly rendered, and the neck joint is ultra snug.
The Brent Mason Signature Custom Pro is intonated well, courtesy of its six-saddle bridge. Those who favor huge necks will absolutely flip over the girth of the Signature's gloss-finished model. You might want to try before you buy if your hands are really small, but average-sized hands will love the feel of this neck.
The Signature's passive electronics yield a fascinating range of tones. The basic idea of the pickup and wiring scheme is to deliver classic Tele spank, but with bigger neck-pickup tones and a whole lot of additional sounds in between. That's exactly what the Signature does.Valley Arts Brent Mason Signature Custom Pro Features:
- Color: Matte Pewter
- Body Type: Full size
- Finish: Matte
- Neck Wood: Maple
- Body Wood: Swamp Ash
- Machine Heads: Satin chrome locking Sperzel
- Fingerboard: Maple
- No. of Frets: 22
- Scale Length: 25-1/2"
- Position Markers: Dots
- Pickups: Gibson mini-humbucker (neck), Duncan Hot Stack (middle), Duncan vintage lead stack (bridge)
- Controls: Neck and bridge volume, middle volume, master tone/series-parallel for middle pickup
- Pickup Switching: 3-way
- Bridge/Tailpiece: Chrome hardtail
- Hardware: Chrome/gold/nickel
- Case: Hardshell