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Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin   

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The classic Fender electric mandolin returns as the new Mando-Strat. This highly distinctive and charmingly diminutive instrument evokes the Fender e...Read More

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A distinctive and charmingly diminutive instrument that's ready to plug in.

The classic Fender electric mandolin returns as the new Mando-Strat. This highly distinctive and charmingly diminutive instrument evokes the Fender electric four-string mandolins of the 1950s and 60s, with an updated and improved design for modern players.

The distinctive shape and chiming tone of Fenders late-50s electric mandolin are back, with features including a solid alder body, 13.78 scale, œC-shaped maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and specially designed pickup with volume and tone controls. Other features include a vintage-style bridge with chrome plate made on the actual machine used to produce the original parts half a century ago, three-ply tortoise shell pickguard, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware.

FEATURES
  • Alder body in a cool nouveau-retro style
  • Maple neck with comfortable "C" shape contour
  • Rosewood fingerboard and 24 frets
  • Fender Designed pickup with easy-to-reach Volume and Tone controls

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SPECIFICATIONS

Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin

  • Body
    Body Shape: Mandolin
    Body Back: Alder
    Body Sides: Alder
    Body Top: Alder

    Neck

    Neck Shape: "C" Shape
    Number of Frets: 24
    Position Inlays: Dot
    Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (18.41 cm)
    Fingerboard: Rosewood
    Neck Material: Maple
    Nut Width: 1.18" (30 mm)
    Scale Length: 13.78" (350 mm)
    Neck Plate: 4-Bolt

    Electronics

    Bridge Pickup: Fender Designed
    Controls: Volume, Tone

    Hardware

    Hardware Finish: Chrome
    Bridge: Vintage-Style Adjustable with 2 Threaded Brass Barrel Saddles
    Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style with White Buttons

    Miscellaneous

    Strings: Stainless Steel Ball End .011, .016 Nickelplated Steel .026w, .036w
    Unique Features: White dot position inlays, three-ply tortoiseshell pickguard, knurled chrome flat-top control knobs, synthetic bone nut
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FenderMando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin
 
4.6

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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5.0

Lovely, fun instrument

By Freeway Jammer

from Skinner's Mudhole, Oregon

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Fun
  • Sounds Cool
  • Tiny

Cons

  • Frets Close Together

Best Uses

  • Avoiding Feedback At Gigs
  • Learning Mandolin
  • Simulating Cavaquinho

Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

I bought this on a lark, and I am really enjoying it. It's beautiful, tiny, fun to play, and sounds cool both acoustically and through an amp. I thought I might re-tune it to simulate a Brazilian cavaquinho, but I am enjoying the mandolin fifths tuning and the surprising ways in which this electric instrument, through an amp, recalls the sound of an acoustic mandolin.

The frets are tiny on a mandolin! The space between the frets, I mean. Half-step intervals higher up the neck can be hard to finger.

That's just whining, though. This instrument is great fun and was worth every penny.

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(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Quality

By You name 'em and I'll maim 'em.

from Toledo, Ohio

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Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

I don't play mandolin, I am guitar and sax player...also play bass. I am willing to learn just so I can use this on my backup recordings.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice Instrument

By Dan

from Ohio

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Tone
  • Strong

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

      It is a little too early to tell, but I think I found a new favorite instrument. As a guitarist and violinist the Mandostrat is very easy to play and, with some attention to tone settings, has a pleasant sound. Tuned in 5ths it is great for playing more complicated melody lines and classical repertoire, but it is also easy to strum chords, in pleasingly different spellings and inversions.

      This instrument is well made and is certainly a good value for the money. It would, however, be great if there was an American Standard version of the Mandostrat with individually adjustable bridge saddles, two pickups ( to achieve hum cancelation) and overall greater attention to fit and finish (though the Indonesian made Mandostrat is not bad).

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      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great repro

      By Pickin'

      from Louisville, Ky

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      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Good Tone
      • Nice Neck
      • Pickup Is Clear

      Cons

      • No Hard Case Available

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

        Not really a Bluegrass instrument in the traditional sense. But great for adding a different sound in traditional, country, or Southern Rock. Built like a tank. Kudos to Musicians Friend for the fine instrument and fast shipping.

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        (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Not a Bluegrass Instrument

        By JohnHenry

        from Pocono Lake PA

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

            A great little "mando". Sounds more like an electric guitar. If you play mandolin and want new sounds then this is for you. If you are looking for the sounds of an acoustic mandolin then get an acoustic mandolin not a solid body electric instrument. I love playing rock guitar solos and blues improvisations in my Strat. When I want to play bluegrass I go back to my F style acoustic.

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            (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Reproduction!!!

            By Andy

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • No Case

            Best Uses

            • Western Swing

            Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

            A great reproduction of the highly sought after mandocasters built between 1956 and 1976. Thank you Fender for reissuing this!

            Despite being built overseas, the quality is excellent and electronics are decent. The fit and finish impressed me.

            If you've always wanted a vintage mandocaster, but could not afford one, buy one of these. I don't think you will be disappointed!

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            (22 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Could be great, but needs a lot of work

            By Benjamin Johnson

            from South Carolina

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Playability
            • Strong

            Cons

            • Not Consistent
            • Poor Tone Quality

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin:

              First things first: despite the name, the Mando-Strat has little in common with an acoustic mandolin besides its tuning. As you would expect, the timbre of a 4-string, solidbody instrument is radically different from a traditional 8-string acoustic. It works well enough for chording, especially doubling a rhythm guitar to add high-end chime, and it might be a good fit for more experimental styles. On the other hand, most acoustic mandolin idioms like sustained tremolo picking don't translate very well, and I wouldn't recommend trying to play bluegrass on this thing.

              Being a Fender, the Mando-Strat is built like a tank. The hardware all feels solid, and the sunburst finish is attractively applied. One word of caution: the Mando-Strat's truss rod, if it has one at all, does not appear to be adjustable. This was not a problem for me, but it might be an issue long-term, especially if you plan to change things from the factory setup. Otherwise, the look and feel are up to the same high standard I'd expect from any Fender.

              The electronics, on the other hand, leave something to be desired. I ultimately had to return my Mando-Strat after only two days because of faulty wiring; the tone pot would randomly disengage while playing, causing notes to switch from mellow to bright with an audible "pop." With that in mind, I'll give Fender the benefit of the doubt in evaluating the sound, since my complaints might simply be due to faults in this one particular instrument.

              The Mando-Strat, not to put to fine a point on it, sounds awful. A good acoustic mandolin has a rich, punchy tone with plenty of midrange and a round, solid bottom end. A Telecaster's bridge pickup, while famously bright, also has a satisfying low-end crunch to balance out all the piercing treble. The Mando-Strat, on the other hand, has ONLY treble. Even with the tone knob rolled back, there is little improvement; it's still thin, shrill, and tinny, albeit now slightly muffled. The pickup also seems to lose response on higher notes, particularly past the 12th fret on the upper strings, though considering the shrillness this is almost a blessing. Finally, I had trouble finding a tone that mixed well with other instruments. Maybe all of this could be fixed with patience and a really good EQ, but the hassle of mixing alone is probably enough to ward off a beginning Mando-Strat player.

              Despite this harsh assessment, I think the Mando-Strat has great potential -- it just needs work. It's surprisingly comfortable to hold, fun to play, and weird in exactly the right way for a player bored with more conventional instruments. I didn't feel it was worth the expense to upgrade an instrument I'd mainly use for garnish, but for a more committed player it might be a fun "project" instrument. For everyone else I'll say save your money, at least until the next revision.

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