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NAMM 2013: Fender Announces Mando-Strat and Reso-Tele

Published 10 years ago on January 24, 2013

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Did someone say Led Zeppelin lll turned up to 11? Fender today unveiled two new instruments which blur the lines between folk and rock. The Reso-Tele and the Mando-Strat feature an alder body and a bridge made on the same machine that produced the parts on Fender's electric mandolins from the late '50s

PRESS RELEASE - The classic Fender electric mandolin returns as the new Mando-Strat. This highly distinctive and charmingly diminutive instrument evokes the Fender electric four-string mandolins of the 1950s and '60s, with an updated and improved design for modern players.

The distinctive shape and chiming tone of Fender's late-'50s electric mandolin are back, with features including a solid alder body, 13.78" scale, "C"-shaped maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and specially designed pickup with volume and tone controls. Other features include a vintage-style bridge with chrome plate made on the actual machine used to produce the original parts half a century ago, three-ply tortoise shell pickguard, vintage-style tuners, and chrome hardware.

Fender Acoustics now offers you a truly remarkable instrument in the distinctive form of the Reso-Tele, which is exactly what the name suggests-a resonator version of a Telecaster. This unusual design, combined with the Telecaster pickup and under-saddle pickup and electronics, makes for a one-of-a-kind playing experience with an appealingly traditional vibe.

The Reso-Tele has a maple Telecaster body with a stylish Two-color Sunburst finish, stylized Fender "F" sound hole and hand-spun cone crafted in Eastern Europe for rich resonator tone. Its standard Telecaster neck pickup and Fishman® Powerchip under-saddle pickup can be blended together to taste, along with a master volume control. Other features include a "C"-shaped maple Telecaster neck with a 15.7"-radius rosewood fretboard, maple "biscuit" bridge with bell-brass nickel-plated tailpiece, and chrome hardware.

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