Fender Mando-Strat 8
By Mandolin Cafe
January 30, 2014 - 9:45 am
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Fender Mando-Strat 8
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation has announced the availability of their new Fender Mando-Strat 8 Mandolin, on display at this past week's 2014 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.
With an upgraded design for modern players, the new eight-string Mando-Strat 8 has the unmistakably chiming ring of a traditional mandolin and the charmingly distinctive design style of Fender's four-string electric mandolins of the 1950s and '60s.
- Eight strings arranged in four courses
- Solid alder body
- 13.78" scale length
- Maple neck with "C"-shaped profile
- Fender Villager headstock
- 24-fret rosewood fingerboard
- Specially designed pickup with knurled chrome "flat-top" volume and tone controls
- Three-ply tortoiseshell pickguard
- Vintage-style adjustable bridge with two threaded steel saddles
- Vintage-style tuners with aged white buttons
- Three-color Sunburst gloss finish
Manufacturer's Suggest Retail Price (MSRP) is $549.99, but retailers are showing discounts up to $349.99 at the time of this publication.
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January 30, 2014 10:00 AM
Interesting - but does it come with the necessary handsaw to take care of the ghastly gimmicky headstock design?
January 30, 2014 10:04 AM
The correct term is pompadour
January 30, 2014 10:17 AM
A hideous monstrosity. What were they thinking? When will they put out a five string?
January 30, 2014 10:20 AM
I really wish they'd done a better job with the headstock. But I might get one anyway.
January 30, 2014 10:32 AM
P.S. -- I don't see the weight given in the specs anywhere.
January 30, 2014 10:41 AM
Headstock is like the old Fender twelve-string headstock. Thus, it's sort of traditional Fender. Of course, that doesn't mean that you have to like it.
January 30, 2014 10:55 AM
But it doesn't look as out-of-proportion on the guitar.
January 30, 2014 11:38 AM
...designed by Papa Smurf?
January 30, 2014 11:41 AM
Quote from Scott Tichenor: The correct term is pompadour. End Quote
ahaah, now it makes sense
January 30, 2014 04:31 PM
I like the 8 string.... the pompadour is a bit much though. Still.... it is interesting.
February 02, 2014 10:02 PM
Well, at least now that there is both a 4-string and an 8-string variety available, maybe the price will drop a bit on the antiques. Wouldn't mind having one. The tuners don't look real good on the 'pompadour '.
February 15, 2014 03:22 AM
I was thinking the same thing the headstock has got to go.
February 17, 2014 01:27 PM
:popcorn: pay more attention to playing the music instead perhaps?