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    Have you fellas seen this yet? I'm pretty excited!

    http://www.fender.com/series/folk/mando-strat/
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    Wowsers ... where are they having those built?

    Is it fair to say that there's no great virtue in copying the original bridge design, since the iffy intonation is one of the most common complaints about old Mandocasters?

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    Default Re: New Fender Emando

    I would assume that at the $399 MSRP that it's made in China. That's not a bad thing either. Some of Fenders best guitars lately come out of China. Just go over to the Tele page http://www.tdpri.com and see what they say about the Classic Vibe series that comes out of China.
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    Well, Gibson left the door wide open when it discontinued the Mandobird ... and given the amount of interest and money that was generated by that small batch of discolored FM-984s in 2007, you'd think this would be a logical step for Fender. At a lower price point than the FM60E and FM61SE 14 years ago, and with more vintage cachet than either of those models, I'm guessing the Mando-Strat will do pretty well.

    This makes me want to go to NAMM, as if I had the time or money to make the trip. (My publisher goes every year, and could probably get me a badge if I begged him...) We'll have to rely on Ted to give us an in-person review.

    Do we know if it has a body contour, or is it a slab?
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYTz1WYuXQ4

    Love the comments on the video page. Some made me laugh out loud at the ignorance.

    Wondering why Fender has done this through their Acoustics division. Seems odd.

    Wondering why the guy in the video is only playing on the G and D strings. Could he be a guitar player who can't really play mandolin? Hmmm....

    And one more thing... That is the worst overdrive/distortion I have heard in a loooong time!

    As Miranda's mom says, "Such fun!"

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    Looks like a slab from the reflection lines in the photo.
    I don't know if it will do well or not. I'd need to see one in the flesh, and that'll be a difficult thing here in England. But at $399, I doubt it will have the quality of a JBovier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYTz1WYuXQ4

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    Looks like a slab from the reflection lines in the photo.
    I don't know if it will do well or not. I'd need to see one in the flesh, and that'll be a difficult thing here in England. But at $399, I doubt it will have the quality of a JBovier.
    If it comes out of the same factory (and I assume it will) as Fender's Modern Player and Squier Classic Vibe series guitars then it will be very good quality and an equal to the JBovier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    Wondering why Fender has done this through their Acoustics division. Seems odd.
    All Fender mandolins for the past 15 years have been offered through the Acoustics division, whether they had pickups or not.
    Wondering why the guy in the video is only playing on the G and D strings. Could he be a guitar player who can't really play mandolin? Hmmm....
    I think he's a guitar player, yes ... but he is hitting all 4 strings when he crosspicks; his jazz solo is mostly on the A and D strings; his rock solo starts on G and D but then goes up an octave and actually hits the E string at one point.
    Looks like a slab from the reflection lines in the photo.
    The contour, if there is one, would be on the back, which we can't see in the photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    We'll have to rely on Ted to give us an in-person review.
    I'm on it. Meeting with Fender Friday morning at NAMM.
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    Sweet. Be sure to ask about custom finishes.
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    I'll check 'em out at namm as well. Looks a bit disappointing at first blush: the 1 single coil pickup is going to be noisy [hum] and probably won't have enough jam to pick up the high E very well. Those tele-style bridges are a major pain to intonate. Considering the small size, the slab construction isn't really a problem IMO. I have one of the MIK 5-string "thin-lines" - it has 2 pickups and a strat-style bridge so in some ways what they were doing is superior to this latest offering, but we'll see shortly.
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    Wonder what kind of case they'll offer with it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verne Andru View Post
    Looks a bit disappointing at first blush: the 1 single coil pickup is going to be noisy [hum] and probably won't have enough jam to pick up the high E very well. Those tele-style bridges are a major pain to intonate.
    But ... but ... but ... it looks just like the old ones, and ain't that what matters?
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    ^^ LOL!

    Fender has, historically, had problems getting the mandolin-thing right. But it is nice to see they're putting such a premium on brand consistency.
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    Default Re: New Fender Emando

    How long before I can order a drop-in pre-wired pickguard harness with upgraded pickups from Almuse and an upgraded four-barrel bridge from Moongazer?
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    You can probably get the bridge already, and if I were Pete I'd get busy on a few of those harnesses right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Verne Andru View Post
    I'll check 'em out at namm as well. Looks a bit disappointing at first blush: the 1 single coil pickup is going to be noisy [hum] and probably won't have enough jam to pick up the high E very well. Those tele-style bridges are a major pain to intonate. Considering the small size, the slab construction isn't really a problem IMO. I have one of the MIK 5-string "thin-lines" - it has 2 pickups and a strat-style bridge so in some ways what they were doing is superior to this latest offering, but we'll see shortly.
    You're kidding, right? These were all the problems the old one had - you know, the one you have to pay thousands of dollars for? $300? That's a no-brainer. They definitely need more colors, though.

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    I do want one , but I have no explanation as to why , other than it is inexpensive . I probably would never play it

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    Looks fun!
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    The proof of the pudding is in the eating, so I'll happily wait for Ted's expert opinion. (And envy his ability to get there! Sometimes I miss California a LOT.)

    (But I'm guessing this instrument will languish in the 'neither here nor there' nature of its position in Fender's corporate structure.)

    [Wow. I'm really wearing some cranky pants about this. I wonder why? Time to shut up, Daniel]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    You can probably get the bridge already, and if I were Pete I'd get busy on a few of those harnesses right away.
    Just need someone to buy one......then let me know the spring spacing over the pickup ;-)

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    I wonder if there`s enough metal over the string holes to drill another 3mm hole.......Strat saddles would improve things....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rico mando View Post
    I do want one , but I have no explanation as to why , other than it is inexpensive . I probably would never play it
    OMG, I was going to write this exact same post...Like word-for-word!

    BTW, huge props for the classic Fender 7.25" fretboard radius on this. Hoping the frets aren't too tiny.
    I too am really looking forward to Ted's hands-on review.

    Quote Originally Posted by F-2 Dave View Post
    Wonder what kind of case they'll offer with it?
    At the price point, it will almost certainly NOT come with a case or bag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by delsbrother View Post
    They definitely need more colors, though.
    I've got a few jars of some accurate Sonic Blue kicking around, and some authentic early 60's decals....
    A matching color peghead would look nice on that puppy, and it would be a joy to dump that inaccurate 'burst...



    Will check 'em out at NAMM, and give a full report...

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    There ya go Bruce. I love it.
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