The New Fender Electric Mando

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  1. getbent

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    Anybody bought one yet? opinions?

    I'm interested and the price is right.

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  2. Paul in Colorado

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    What's the price? Looks like it could be fun.
     
  3. getbent

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    299.00 I've got a 20% coupon too... so, like240.00...

    just need to pull trigger!
     
  4. Jupiter

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    Looks like a guitar larva. Look, you can count the horns! Tuners aren't fully developed yet. They don't have 6 until the second molting.

    It's cute. Guess it'd be easier to play than with 8 strings, but would it really sound like a mando without the double courses?
     
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    Armadillo Guitar even makes a compensated saddle set too.
     
  6. Tarnisher

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    Wow, I've wanted one of these since I was a 14 year old mandolin player trying to be heard in rock bands. There were none to be had, so I switched to guitar.

    Looking forward to hearing the reviews!
     
  7. Tarnisher

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    Does the new one come with a red-lined tweed case?
     
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    Sam Bush is playing something that looks like a Fender here. Sounds more like a geetar than a mando, but he's rocking out. :eek:
     
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    More like a high-pitched guitar.

    D.H.
     
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    Jim Richter with the new Fender - originally posted on the Mando Cafe.

    D.H.

     
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    Okay, now I get it. That does sound fun.
     
  12. Chris Browne

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    Very fun, but sounds nothing like a mandolin imo.
     
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    Chris, 4 and 5-string electric mandos are not usually played "bluegrass style" - they're more common in jazz, swing, alt-country and rock. There's a site called e-mando dedicated to nothing but electric mandolins, and very little of the music discussed (even though some of the instruments are 8-strings) sounds like what many would consider "mandolin music".

    Then again, Jethro Burns played mostly 8-strings and hardly sounded like he was playing "mandolin music" either!

    If you want an electric that sounds more lie a mandolin you can get a Rigel 8-string A+ Deluxe with built-in pickup - hangs easily with other top-of-the-line bluegrass mandolins acoustically and can also be plugged in when desired. I have one - and also the new Fender. Each has their place. And price - the Rigel is $2695 and the Fender under 300 bucks.

    But Fender put out one heck of an electric mando for $300 street. A little work on the nut, some smoothing of the fretboard edges and it plays like butter. Sounds sorta like a little Gibson SG Special on the neck pickup - very warm with punchy upper mids. With electric 4-strings I recommend Jethro Burns book put out by Mel Bay, mainly for the chord charts.

    With electric 4 strings traditional bluegrass chop chords sound harsh and the sustain of the onstrument is lost. Jethro played mostly 3-note chords - for extended chords he'd leave out the root and other "basic" notes (that the rest of the band fills in) and played the extended notes, and in majorand minor chords just the root, (relative) third and fifth. Keeps things from being too crowded and makes it a lot quicker to move around the neck to different inversions. Run a little analog chorus and analog delay through a warm-sounding tube amp and it's a cool instrument.
     
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    Indeed, and depite the lack of the charming detuned string pairs my ears still hear a very distinctly mandolinesque timbre shining through there, no doubt due to the scale and standard tuning. Would love to have one simply for a potentially more stable player than my other mandolins (we've got some fairly extreme seasons over here) or when on the road. Will look forward to seeing more of this thing, as the $299 price tag may not be all that hard to justify.
     
  15. Doug 54

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    Texas Swing uses it.
    I love it
     
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    Strat player. Mando player. How am I going to escape buying one of these? B)
     
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    One other note regarding 8 vs 4 string electric solid bodies:

    There were some studies done a while back...may still be links on the emando site...that showed very interesting harmonic problems unique to 8-string/solid bodies. For some reason the hollow construction of and A or F style emphasizes certain harmonics and kills others of the unison notes, keeping the sound pleasing to the ear even though it's really never perfectly in tune.

    But with a solid body instrument the harmonic emphasis is reversed, and most have what appear to be problems with basic tone and/or intonation. But what it really boils down to is that the out-of-kilter harmonics are pushed up front and the smooth, pleasing ones deadened.

    It seems like snake oil until you read through the stuff. It's also not problematic to pairs tuned an octave apart (although they have their own set of issues). There have been some pretty unique combinations of wood, chambers and bridge designs to make 8-string solids workable - but regardless the harshness is hard to "dial out" and thus the 4 and 5 strings have become the solid body workhorses.
     
  18. 2pointmandolin

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    I just got mine in the mail yesterday and I have to say it is FUN! $240.00 on ebay. It's much nicer than I was expecting and is set up pretty good as well. I need to tweak the intonation a little. I sat in front of my pedal board and had a blast going through different effects. Add a little chorus and you don't really miss the extra strings. I do need to learn some new songs on the mando as most of what I know is old time or bluegrass oriented.
     
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