Rufus Thibodeaux's Fender
Rufus Thibodeaux
I don't have a picture of Rufus handy, but here's his mandolin—a heavily customized mid-1950s Fender "Mandocaster" (serial no. 00500) with a purple metal flake finish, Grover tuners, and a Gibson P-90 pickup.
     Known primarily as a Cajun fiddler, Rufus also appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. He reportedly used this instrument on recordings with Bob Wills, George Jones, Neil Young, Jimmy C. Newman, Faron Young, and Lonzo and Oscar.