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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
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

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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

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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.

    (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!

    (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.

      (11 of 11 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.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very Nice Instrument

          By Dan

          from Ohio

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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).

              (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.

               
              5.0

              Lovely, fun instrument

              By I am the Wugbus

              from Fuzzopolis, 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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