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    Local music store offered to get me one for a dollar over what the Guitar Center is selling them. Felt good about spending money locally...of course the tax (that I am to pay anyway come tax season) didn't feel good! Was going to wait for some actual reviews until the store stated they would dress the frets, set it up, etc...(didn't get that in writing--but I hope I can trust them.) Sales tax, buying local, and an actual person to stand behind the instrument. Didn't think I could go too wrong?

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    I would have preferred an 8-string model. Maybe they'll offer that also. In my opinion a 4-string electric mandolin will sound like an electric guitar.
    I have a Winston solid-body electric tenor banjo but it sounds like an electric guitar. I have an Epiphone 8-string Mandobird because I thought the 4-string model would sound more like an electric guitar than a mandolin.

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    I, for one, would like to see a picture of your solid body banjo.
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    Yeah, I'm having trouble imagining a solid body electric tenor banjo that wouldn't sound like an electric tenor guitar.

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    I just ripped half the strings off my mandobird 8 and made it a 4. took tuners out too. I like it a lot. the godin sounds so much better as a mandolin that I am doing lead solos with the mandobird now. sure it sounds like a guitar kinda, but with mando fingering.. I still feel it sounds mando.

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    I love my upgraded Kentucky four-string, but I'm going to have to advance to a five-string sooner or later. Wish I could afford a Mann, but I've two kids in school.
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    Goldtone was showing a 5 string at NAMM and their pricing is pretty good IIRC. Unfortunately these are not stocked anywhere, which is a shame as they'd probably move fairly well once people got a chance to fiddle with one.



    I picked up this 5 string Fender and a case real cheap off Guitar Centers used site. A lot of people just don't understand them, some thinking them a toy.



    I've played the new Mando-Strat and mine is in a completely different league, build-wise. Mine is set-neck with a proper strat-style bridge. I flipped the polarity in one of the pickups and wired it RWRP so the 2 pickups act as a humbucker and I get no noise. It's a properly built 'thinline' which makes it light as a feather. The first thing you notice about the Mando-Strat is how heavy it is. Especially coming from an acoustic mandolin. Tuning machines are top-shelf split-shaft. Bone nut, painted headstock with MOP 'Fender' inlay plus body binding.

    A solid-body electric with magnetic pickups and electric strings is going to sound like high-voiced guitar. Five string is kinda nice because it lets you get down to the mid-voicings of a guitar - C on the low E string of a guitar.

    IMHO the magic comes with the voicing. Mandolin voicing is quite different from guitar letting you do things, and sound in ways, you just can't get out of a guitar. Plus you can go way higher than most guitars - the Danelectro Guitarlin being a noticeable exception. I also like being able to play mandolin through my guitar effects. Makes for some neat sonic discoveries.

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    The extra weight can be beneficial during a power slider ,high kick and back flip off the amp stack

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    Local shop is supposed to have one today or tomorrow. It shipped on Friday. The warehouse had 200 of them.
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    i picked mine up today....it sure is cute....chunky neck, jumbo frets (compared to what i'm used to)...have not played it pluged in yet but played well straight out of the box....good set up....one thing though - it will not fit any of my cases....a or f styles.....guess i'll have to get a gig bag....

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    Surprised it didn't come with a gig bag.

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    I pick up mine tomorrow.

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    And there's already one on eBay.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fender-Mando...item27cfff7178

    So, would it be unethical of me to snitch on the seller if I happened to know that this was actually a new instrument and the only reason it's listed as "Used" is to get around Fender's stipulation that its dealers not list new Fender instruments on eBay?
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    Driving to get mine this afternoon. Excited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    And there's already one on eBay.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fender-Mando...item27cfff7178

    So, would it be unethical of me to snitch on the seller if I happened to know that this was actually a new instrument and the only reason it's listed as "Used" is to get around Fender's stipulation that its dealers not list new Fender instruments on eBay?
    It might be interesting to see what would happen. I doubt they'd take action against one dealer for one listing of one instrument, but they might poke around a bit to see if there's a pattern.

    On the other hand, I wonder whether the dealer might be able to get off the hook because of the wording on the peghead (which I can't quote precisely from memory) that goes something like, "Crafted in Indonesia. Supported by Fender."
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    Quote Originally Posted by OKMike View Post
    Driving to get mine this afternoon. Excited.
    Cool Mike! Can you give us a review of it after you've played it for a while? Maybe a video?
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    Mine's in my hands right now. Picked it up an hour ago. Loving it. Cute is definitely the word. Only playing it through a tiny Honeytone practice amp but it all seems good. The E is not weak like on the Mandobirds. Seems to play in tune nicely up the neck. It does have Fender mojo. The shop owner (Parkway Music in Clifton Park NY) has an original and he picked it up and said, yup that's a Mandocaster!

    Don't know yet when I'll have an opportunity to gig with it (as most everything i do is acoustic), but I will at some point.

    I've sold every other electric mando I've owned, so we'll see. But this feels real nice for right now. And unplugged, this will be the bomb for late night practicing.

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    BTW.

    The gig bag for the Enoch ukuele banjo fits this mandolin perfectly.

    Scroll to the bottom - http://www.enochbanjos.com/cases-and-gigbags.html

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    I find it hard to believe fender let it go without a gig bag.

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    Ears are ringing, fingers hurt. I like it. My first e-mando so am probably not the guy to give a review. I like it though.
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    Hey Mike ... any comment on "hum" from the pickup that many posters worried about?
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    Haven't noticed hum, sound was nice and clean thru my ultrasound amp. Things started getting fun when I started playing with the digital effects built into the amp.
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    Intonation issues ala the original.
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    " Intonation issues ala the original. "

    Yup, but nothing insurmountable. I'm digging it. Soundwise I have only gone through the tiny Honeytone so far, but unplugged it's a great way to practice while walking around the house. Living in the Northeast, I feel like i might even be able to leave this outside of its case in the winter.

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