I guess everything can affect the sound of an electric but I'll go out on a limb and say the elctronics will influence the sound more than anything else.
This thread has become our repository for these mandolins. We seem to get several a month and I try and send them here and link back as well.
Here is one branded Bruno Maxitone
Here is another branded Citation.
Yet another one can be found here with the B and backwards B label.
Here's one labeled Hohner.
Someone is about to pay more money than they should for one of these on eBay. They say it's a Gibson. It isn't.
At least the seller is covering his/her b*tt / caveat emptor...etc.:
On Aug-20-12 at 11:31:37 PDT, seller added the following information:
I HAVE GOTTEN A FEW EMAILS STATING THAT THIS IS NOT A GIBSON. I WAS TOLD IT WAS HOWEVER, I AM THINKING FROM THE EMAILS THAT SEEM TO BE PRETTY KNOWLEDGEABLE THAT THIS IS NOT A GIBSON. HOWEVER, I AM UNSURE WHO THE MAKE IS. SO PLAN AND BID ACCORDINGLY
And yet another with no brand name on it can be found here.
Here is an electric model labeled Harmony.
Here's another one labeled Harmony.
"bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them"