Informally known as the "Mandocaster," but appearing in the catalog as the Electric Mandolin, Leo's solid-body take on the mandolin is an interesting piece of Fender history. Outfitted with four strings (so you can bend them like an electric guitar!) and a single-coil pickup, the Fender Mandocaster is a bright, chimey electric mandolin. Nowadays, Pre-CBS Mandocasters are hard to find, and although they never really took off in their own time, Pre-CBS examples have become extremely collectible. You'll occasionally see them on-stage, in the hands of top mandolin players such as Sam Bush who uses his to rock out with an electric guitar sound but a mandolin register.
This 1963 Fender Mandocaster has been beautifully preserved. It is in all original condition, and we never use that term lightly. 1963 is an especially desirable year for Pre-CBS Fender gear because of the rare blonde tolex cases used that year. This Mandocaster includes its original case, which is in excellent condition, as well as some fun case candy to complete the package (who remembers Mapes strings?). As for playability, its setup is low and inviting, and the original frets are in great shape. As for tone, it is every bit as bright, chimed, and cutting as you'd expect. Crank your amp up and don't look back!