First introduced in spring 1956, the Electric Mandolin looks like a mini Stratocaster. These Mandocasters were probably made in batches, so often the body and neck dates can be up to a year or more apart. Also features like an Ash body can be seen as late as 1959, even Fender stopped using Ash on sunburst instruments in mid-1956.
The first years of Fender Electric Mandolin production (1956, 1957) used a slab body style, much like a Telecaster. This changed in 1958 to a more Stratocaster style solid body with contours. Sunburst was the standard finish, though Blond is also seen. The Mandocaster also used a metal anodized gold pickguard until mid-1959, like the pre-1959 Precision Bass. The Fender Mandocaster was dis-continued in 1976
This 1967 Fender Mandocaster Electric Mandolin features a solid body with 3-Tone sunburst finish. Although officially named the Fender Electric Mandolin they've become known as the Mandocaster with its offset double cutaway body, mini strat-style maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 24 frets (yes, 24!), 4-in-line Kluson tuners, tortoise pickguard, single-coil pickup with volume and tone controls.
This is a wonderful playing & sounding vintage Mandocaster. There are no breaks, modifications or changes. It is all original including all, parts, properly functioning electronics and the original finish with no overspray. The pickup works & sounds very good!
As expected this 1967 era instrument has been played and shows some wear including scratches and dents as seen in the detailed photos below. It has minor fretwear and includes the original tweed hardshell case.