NAMM 2013: Fender launches Mando-Strat
NAMM 2013: Bearded folky types with a penchant for rocking out, your time is now: Fender has launched the solid-body electric Mando-Strat.
Featuring an alder body and a bridge made on the same machine that produced the parts on Fender's electric mandolins from the late '50s, the Mando-Strat is precisely half rock, half folk, and has an SRP of $399 (£250 approx).
For more information, visit the official Fender website.
The fruit of folk and rock's unholy union
Fender press release
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.