EC: The mandolin is quite a recent acquisition [a couple of years]. It's a beautiful thing - stunning.
MF: When you made the purchase did the fact that it has everything with it: the original papers, string packet, tags, cloth, that whole original package, did that appeal to you?
EC: Oh yes.
LD: This is absolutely beautiful to look at..
KK: What lead you to want to own a Fender mandolin?
EC: What little I know about mandolins is that they are the business. The one that the real genuine [Nashville] guys would use if they weren't using an acoustic Gibson or whatever... I also love that gold anodized finish on the scratchplate with that colour, that ivory paint.
Fender introduced the solidbody electric mandolin in 1956. They were used extensively by the western swing bands of the era including Billy Gray's band who endorsed the instruments of Fender. By 1976 they were discontinued from the Fender product line. Today collectors of Fenders refer to them as Mando-casters.