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Fender FMO-66 Octave Mandolin  

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    Voiced between a mandola and a mandocello.

    A beauty. A-style slim-line design with a solid spruce top, solid maple back and sides, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Electronics include a special design piezo pickup with volume and tone controls. 5-ply ivory top body binding, brown fingerboard binding, chrome tailpiece, wooden mosaic back center stripe, and black headstock overlay.

    Features

    • Solid spruce top
    • Solid maple back and sides
    • Maple neck
    • Rosewood fingerboard
    • Ebony bridge
    • Chrome die-cast machine heads
    • Special design piezo pickup
    • Volume and tone controls
    • 20-3/20" scale length
    • 1-17/20" body depth
    • 1.12" nut width
    • 21 frets
    • Dot position inlays
    • 5-ply ivory top body binding
    • Brown fingerboard binding
    • Round soundhole
    • Wooden mosaic back center stripe

    A distinctive instrument that finds a ready place in all styles of music.

     
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    3.8

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    4.0

    With a bit of setup and proper strings...

    By HaggisMan

    from Calgary Canada

    I've owned it for a year, so far so good. Solid build quality, good finish. Like most Fender acoustics, in my opinion, average sounding, but acceptable for the price. After a little bit of setup and proper string selection, I'm more than happy with this instrument. I use it mainly for Celtic music and therefore deviated a little from the "more bouzouki sounding" recommended stringing. I use unison and not octave tuning on the 4th and 3rd pairs (G's and D's), plus use slightly heavier gauges for a tighter and less buzzy sound when playing aggressively (i.e. G-G, D-D, A-A, E-E / 48w's, 34w's, 18p's, 12p's). I use a combo of guitar and mandolin strings (e.g. it's hard to find an 18p loop end). With guitar strings, carefully cut out the ball ends with a small pair of side cutters to end up with a loop end. This is not a loud instrument by itself, but built in pickup sounds pretty good for recording or through a small amp. Comparable to my mid-70's Fender acoustics in construction, build, and average sound. I've had lots of fun playing them, and they've lasted for 30+ years

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    2.0

    Disappointed

    By Warren-xBBrR

    from SF Bay Area

    The first mandolin I received had a high fret and the on the lower strings between the tenth and fourteenth strings were the same note.The second one I received the pickup didn't work.After that I decided to buy something else.

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    4.0

    Fender FMO 66 Octave Mandolin

    By Pofarlang

    from Mississippi

    The G set of strings on the mandolin strike each other when the string is struck with more than a normal attack. The nut is not spaced enough to keep this from happening. I've had 2 of these, one was returned because of a warped neck and the second one had the same string problem. The mandolin is very well constructed but a little on the heavy side. The case that Fender offers is very expensive for the quality of the case, which is not much more than a softshell case.

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    5.0

    This is really cool

    By FingerStyle01

    from Colorado Springs Co.

    I have bought one of these. It does need a bit of set up. But once you complete the setup it plays very well. The pick has the power to match your powered pickups on your other instruments. I have been recording with it and it records very well also. I have really begun to enjoy playing this instrument. I just wish that Fender had provided a case for this instrument also.

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