Pawn Stars: A Custom Fender Steel Guitar Impresses Corey (Season 13) | History


COREY: What do we got here? A custom-built quad
Stringmaster guitar. It was built by Leo Fender
for my father, Noel Boggs. He was an electric steel guitar
player in the ’40s, the ’50s. Started out with Roy
Rogers and Bob Wills’ band. COREY: Forgive me, I’ve
never heard of them. It’s definitely really cool. I’ve seen lap steels. I’ve never seen four like this. I spent about six months
as a kid trying to learn how to play a regular guitar. I couldn’t imagine trying to
play four at the same time. DANIELLE: I’m here
at the shop today because I’d like to sell my
dad’s quad Stringmaster guitar. My father was Noel
Boggs, and this guitar was built by he and Leo Fender. Leo Fender was the
originator and designer of Fender Electrics,
which was and is one of the most prestigious
guitar makers in the world. What you have here
is real interesting. Leo Fender and your dad
basically created this. Is this kind of a one-off
thing, or did they actually ever go into production with it? DANIELLE: All of my dad’s
guitars were one-offs. They were the number one in the
very first part of the line. My dad was sort of
the token player to see if it was going to work. And I’m sure Leo Fender
doing four at the same time– I think you probably need
an expert like your dad. It’s pretty cool. Rock and roll as
we know it would not exist without Leo Fender. He created some of the
world’s most popular guitars without even knowing
how to play them. The fact that he built this
himself makes it pretty badass. I just don’t know enough
to put a price on it. What are you looking
to get out of it? $50,000. COREY: OK. This is so far out
of my realm, so I’m going to have a friend of mine
come down and take a look. He’s just going to know a
lot more about it than me. Do you mind? DANIELLE: Not a bit. COREY: I will be right back. DANIELLE: I love the
idea of an expert coming in to look at this guitar. He’ll recognize
immediately the value of it and the uniqueness of it. COREY: Check it out. Oh, wow, cool! COREY: I’ve seen lap steels. I haven’t seen one
like this before. Not to mention that her father
and Leo Fender created it, and I guess it’s the first one. JESSE AMOROSO: Who was your dad? DANIELLE: My dad was Noel Boggs. Oh, very, very cool. Especially in country swing
and the Western swing stuff, he was kind of the
go-to guy, your dad. DANIELLE: Exactly. JESSE AMOROSO: This
was the Stringmaster, Fender’s top of the line. He probably had a bunch of
these at one point, right? He did. And he would go to Leo and
say, I’m doing this job, and it needs to have
this kind of tuning. JESSE AMOROSO: And I’m
sure a guy like your dad probably played multiple
tunings in songs. So it was almost a necessity to
be able to have the four necks. Leo would sit there
and watch my dad play and see how he would work it. Because my dad actually
jumped from one neck to the other on the fly. That’s really cool. That’s neat. Can we set it up? Absolutely, would love it. JESSE AMOROSO: Leo
Fender was an engineer who saw a need amongst
a bunch of musicians, and started building
guitars and amplifiers. Noel Boggs was one
of the go-to guys. It would have been really
neat to sit in the room and listen to the ideas
bounce back and forth between these guys in the
infancy of electric instruments like this. So you have a master volume
and a master tone control. It’s kind of a trip,
because this one’s modified. These are actually pickups. This is a total
custom modification. I’ve never seen
anything like that. That’s really cool. DANIELLE: That’s Leo Fender. JESSE AMOROSO: Just to think
that Leo sat there with him and came up with this
idea is pretty amazing. What is this thing worth, man? You know, price-wise
on something like this is kind of tough. If I were to put it in the
shop or something like that, I would probably put it out
at like 15 grand, maybe. But at auction, it could
go for way more than that. You never know, this
stuff is so subjective. It almost should be
in a museum somewhere, you know what I mean? COREY: I get you. All right, I appreciate it, man.
– No problem. Thanks a lot. I mean, great meeting you. Thank you, it was
wonderful to meet you. – And I loved seeing this.
– Thank you so much. It’s very cool.
All right, thanks a lot. Thank you. COREY: I got to go with my guy. If you’re going to hold
my feet to the fire, I can offer you $10,000 for it. But if I were you, I would
put it in an auction. I think I’ll wait. But thank you so very much. Thank you very much. It was really cool, and that
was a really cool story to hear. Thanks. COREY: Take care. DANIELLE: $10,000
for my dad’s history is a little bit of a heartbreak. I’m going to sit with it
a bit, and then I’m going to look at auction houses. Because I don’t want
to wait too long.

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