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Fender Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin 3-Color Sunburst 

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Overview
  • Alder body in a cool nouveau-retro style
  • Maple neck with comfortable "C" shape contour
  • Rosewood fingerboard and 24 frets
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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 Fender’s late-’50s electric mandolin are back, with features including a solid alder body, 13.78” scale, “C”-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

Put some Mando-Fun in your life. Order today.

 

Mando-Strat Solidbody Electric Mandolin Specifications:

  • 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
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)

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      (3 of 6 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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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Nice Instrument

            By Dan

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

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            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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                (8 of 8 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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                  (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Not a Bluegrass Instrument

                  By JohnHenry

                  from Pocono Lake PA

                  About Me Novice

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                  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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                      (13 of 13 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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                      (18 of 31 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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