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This Fender Electric Mandolin, more popularly known as the Mandocaster, has matching 9-56 dates both on neck and body. Other than the new ivoroid tuning buttons on the original super smooth Kluson machines, replaced because the original celluloids crumbled, as is common on these), everything is just the way it came out of the factory, down to the zig-zag-cut tape they used to hold wires in place. Sounds great. Back of neck shows no wear. Decal is 100 percent. The maple fretboard shows extremely slight first-position wear. A few frets might benefit from a light dressing, probably a matter of five minutes for someone who knows what they’re doing, but there is no appreciable fret wear. The only flaw on this mandolin is that some sinner put some pockmarks in the top at the bass lower bout, probably from a session involving a studded bracelet.
1956 was the first year Fender manufactured this, and this has the slab ash body finished in the lovely milky “Mary Kay” blonde of those early mandolins and has the gold anodized pickguard, which has some minor anchor-pinky wear under the pickup. When you play this, you get the sound of an unadulterated 1956 Fender electric. I’ve had it for 20 years, and am selling it because I never play it. I've seen a lot of these, but never seen one as nice as this.
Original rectangular tweed case is pristine shape, showing only the patina of its more than 60 years of age, with a like-new interior with no fading or worn plush liner.
The 1960 Champ Amp is in likewise superb and original condition with a clean, loud and surprisingly resonant tone. The tubes are all vintage, most likely original, including the little Fender one in the aluminum sleeve. Apart from being beat-up, most of the old Fender amps that come onto the market seem to have had some work done to them, either repairs, replaced speakers or upgrades of one kind or another. Not this one. It's all factory original, providing a literal blast from the past. The amp has no damage whatsoever, though the chrome plate on top shows minor pitting that never bothered me enough to buff out though it could be. Other than that, the worst problem is one barely noticeable dinged thread in the brown fabric on front. Zero tweed fray. This Champ is the perfect match for the Mandocaster.
This is a link to a Dropbox folder with detailed pictures: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5wdkd5cylc8lod7/AADw3TR05fGKVfgDeJ1aQCBBa?dl=0
$6000 for the pair, or a trade for an acoustic.
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