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THE FENDER ELECTRIC MANDOLIN
As early as the late 1930s electric mandolins were being produced by various manufacturers. Rickenbacker, Vivi-Tone, National, Gibson and Vega had all introduced their own models into the market. With growth in Western Swing Bands in the post war years, the California custom luthier and inventor Paul A. Bigsby was successful in filling the market among these players. In 1956 Leo Fender introduced his version of the instrument, though it was late to capitalize on the western swing craze because of its waning popularity. With a double cutaway body, reminiscent of the Precision Bass or Stratocaster, it came in two finishes, a translucent blonde like a Telecaster and a sunburst like the Fender Stratocaster. The instrument was produced with only four strings rather than the typical double strung eight with a standard mandolin. This set up did work well for fiddle players who wanted to double on the mandolin. Their appearance resembling a diminutive Stratocaster has led the collecting community to dub them “Mandocasters” or “Mando-Strats”. The electric mandolin was discontinued in 1976 but has recently been reintroduced into the Fender product line.