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Old June 23rd, 2013, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fender 400 Pedal Steel ... where can I find parts?

I have a 1963 400 that was one step away from firewood, which I purchased for the grand sum of $100. I'm intending to use it as a console steel unless I happen to luck out and find a set of cheap pedals and rods. It's such a beater that it's past the point of being 'vintage'.

In any event, there's a lot of general Fender knowledge on TDPRI, so this is a good place to start. As a general question, does anyone know if Stringmaster parts are interchangeable with the 400? The tuning pan, for instance, has a broken tuner, and I'm wondering if the Stringmaster's is a direct fit. Similarly, the pickup on my steel is extremely weak -- could be a broken coil. Anyway, a local winder makes a Stringmaster pickup, but doesn't know if it's the same size as the single-coil, Jaguar-like pickup in the 400. Anyone have any direct experience / knowledge they can share?

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Old June 23rd, 2013, 11:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hey Mike, for parts no one better than Jeff Bradshaw in Alberta.
Very helpful and fair with pricing on used parts.

http://www.countrypickin.com/
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There's also a forum specially for those old Fender cable steels - not a lot of action there, but they've got the right addresses:

http://z8.invisionfree.com/Fender_Steel_Forum/index.php
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As a general question, does anyone know if Stringmaster parts are interchangeable with the 400? The tuning pan, for instance, has a broken tuner, and I'm wondering if the Stringmaster's is a direct fit. Similarly, the pickup on my steel is extremely weak -- could be a broken coil. Anyway, a local winder makes a Stringmaster pickup, but doesn't know if it's the same size as the single-coil, Jaguar-like pickup in the 400. Anyone have any direct experience / knowledge they can share?
I've got a Fender 1000 - like yours but the double neck version.

Yes, the tuning pan is the same but, good luck finding a stringmaster one - they are rare as hens teeth.

The good news is that, if you take it apart, you will find that you can fit 4 single Kluson style tuners in place of the strip of 4. You will need to drill a hole through the shaft for the strings but it's a pretty simple repair.

Regarding the pickup, not sure if a Stringmaster one would fit but the original pickup could be rewound by anyone who knows a bit about pickups (yes, they are basically the same as Jaguar pickups but with 2 extra pole pieces).

Are all the cables in place? Do you have the legs and baseboard?

Would be interested to see pictures.
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Old June 25th, 2013, 03:32 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey Mike.........

just send a message to "Silverface" on this forum. He's pretty much our expert on Fender cable steels, 400s, 800s, 1,000s & 2,000's.... He should be able to turn you in the right direction..........JH in Va.
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