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