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Fender Mando-Strat - Sunburst, Solidbody Electric Reviews

4.5 stars based on 7 customer reviews
  • from Portsmouth,NH September 18, 2013Music Background:
    Violinist and Mandolinist for 40 years

    Fender Mandostrat

    This Mandostrat sounds great.It is a blast to play and is it very well made.

  • from Boston, MA USA May 16, 2013Music Background:
    Intermediate player, hobbyist, performer

    Perfect for electric giggers on a budget

    I got one of these the last time Sweetwater had them in stock. There is a reason they are out of stock, folks, they are awesome! I bought mine as a gigging instrument. I was tired of mic'ing my acoustic A-Style mandolin, which made me stick in one place on stage, and I didn't want to retrofit a pickup onto my existing mando (they just look clunky to me). I wanted something I could just plug in, no nonsense. This thing fits the bill perfectly.

    - wonderful for late-night practice (won't bother family/roommates)
    - very responsive tone control
    - good action out of the box, playable all the way up the neck
    - only two bridge saddles, so intonation might be off (you can upgrade the bridge later though)
    - great sustain

    Right now, I'm plugging this into my Zoom G3 guitar pedal and playing it through the acoustic guitar simulator, then plugging into the PA system. It works fine.

  • from On the road September 10, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician

    This is not your grandfathers mandolin!

    If your looking for an acoustic mandolin, keep looking. This is the next generation in mandolins. Darwin would be proud! I love it! The set-up needed a little tweaking, but not much and that's to be expected. Now the action is low and the intonation is dead on. I play it thru a MXR Dynacomp & a MXR Phase 90. When I want to get a little crazy I add a Fulltone OCD pedal. This thing doesn't sound like an acoustic electric mandolin, but then again, "it's not supposed to!" I own acoustic and acoustic electric mandolins and have been playing for years. This thing look great and sounds different (in a good way). You can get away with a lot of new sounds. If your looking for something new I highly recommend you get one of these. If your a die hard traditionalist, grow a pair and try one anyways. You might just like it and did you notice how inexpensive this thing is. At these prices you can always modify it to your liking. Me, I like it just the it is (now that it's set-up right).

  • from Nebraska, USA May 29, 2014Music Background:
    Life long hobbyist, occasional gigging musician

    True to the original

    I've been waiting for years for this little gem to get back into production, and finally Fender did it without succumbing to the temptation to make changes that would distinguish it from and original. I understand that the bridge plate was stamped from the same tooling as the originals. The faux tortoise pickguard is swirled plastic, not the printed stuff that turns up sometimes. They even got the chocolate color of the pickup cover right. I was skeptical of a single pickup instrument having little in the way of tone choices, but the tone control on this mandolin actually has a good usable variety of tones. The bad? I have very few bones to pick. Overall workmanship is quite good, given a especially $300 retail. The only finish flaw on mine was a little finish bump on the tip of the lower cutaway horn, barely noticeable unless you are looking for it under the right light. Also the tuner mounting screw holes were slightly misaligned, so the tuner plates don't line up exactly. Too bad, but not a deal breaker.
    If you are hesitant to buy a four string because you are used to eight, go ahead... pull the trigger, This little guy has plenty of chime and tunes up in half the time.
    Now, where to find a case?

  • from May 4, 2014

    Fender mandolin

    Great little mandolin

  • from Windsor, Pa August 22, 2013Music Background:
    beginner, still learning


    I truly was Glad to find that Fender re-issued this Beautiful classic. There's only two things I could possibly complain about.
    First being, that the original from the 60's had a small chrome guard over your strings on the body, which the newer ones do not. And, Second, Is that they do Not offer a hard shell case to protect this wonderful instrument :0(
    Need to offer us carrying cases...I know these little beauties are gonna sell, make the protective gear for us, Please! IF you do, I need two hard cases - my instructor has a '63 model her case is worn.

  • from Quincy, Ma. USA May 9, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist. I play on weekends with family.

    Fender Mando Strat

    Overall I love it. Sounds great and is fun to play. Had one stripped screw in the top of the pick guard. Minor issue. The only change I would make is pickup location. Dead center of the picking area. I would suggest moving it back a bit. Or maybe a lower profile pickup.

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