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ichadwick
06-23-2014, 04:50 AM
Anyone know anything about this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221457542047

I haven't seen or heard news about Fender making this model...

PhilUSAFRet
06-23-2014, 05:23 AM
From time to time, I see some products like this that are made for the Japanese market only (or Europe, etc.) I haven't heard anything either.

iamesperambient
06-23-2014, 06:04 AM
Anyone know anything about this?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221457542047

I haven't seen or heard news about Fender making this model...

WOW! that looks friggin' awesome! would love to get my hands on one of those!!!!

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 06:05 AM
Smells like a scam to me...

http://www.croxguitars.com/decals.htm

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 06:06 AM
WOW! that looks friggin' awesome! would love to get my hands on one of those!!!!

Gimme a couple of days until the decal arrives. How much you willing to pay?

iamesperambient
06-23-2014, 06:16 AM
Gimme a couple of days until the decal arrives. How much you willing to pay?

oh wow so its basically a fake fender probably explains why no one knows about these cos their not actual fenders
what a shame!

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 06:30 AM
Do a search for these, and all you will find are links to either ebay auctions, or the website of global.rakuten.com

First rule of teh internets: believe nothing, check everything

iamesperambient
06-23-2014, 06:31 AM
Do a search for these, and all you will find are links to either ebay auctions, or the website of global.rakuten.com

First rule of teh internets: believe nothing, check everything

fair enough now we know.

Skinny Money McGee
06-23-2014, 06:34 AM
It's not a fake. It's made by Fender Japan, a division of Fender USA. However it is a nylon string with a piezo pickup. Design shape based on the Fender electric mandolin. Cool looking uke if you ask me.

http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/products_ukulele.html

iamesperambient
06-23-2014, 06:36 AM
It's not a fake. It's made by Fender Japan, a division of Fender USA.

http://www.fenderjapan.co.jp/products_ukulele.html

"Do a search for these, and all you will find are links to either ebay auctions, or the website of global.rakuten.com

First rule of teh internets: believe nothing, check everything"

guess he didn't check hard enough of teh internets.

Skinny Money McGee
06-23-2014, 06:44 AM
Do a search for Fender Japan, and the official site comes up first. Better yet, click on the link I posted.

iamesperambient
06-23-2014, 06:47 AM
Do a search for Fender Japan, and the official site comes up first. Better yet, click on the link I posted.

i saw seems legit to me. pretty cool looking.

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 06:58 AM
I guess Microsoft must have done something to upset them...

;)

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 07:08 AM
Do a search for Fender Japan, and the official site comes up first. Better yet, click on the link I posted.

Yep, your kung fu was definitely stronger than mine this time.

Makes you wonder why they made it that that shape though. I mean, it's Fender. What's wrong with a Strat or a Tele?

iamesperambient
06-23-2014, 07:10 AM
Yep, your kung fu was definitely stronger than mine this time.

Makes you wonder why they made it that that shape though. I mean, it's Fender. What's wrong with a Strat or a Tele?


maybe they wanted to try to distinguish guitar from ukulele? it looks
cool kind of a neat shape it does say 'mandolin' to me more then ukulele though shape wise.

bnolsen
06-23-2014, 08:37 AM
holy smokes, more than 1k usd. I sure wish rondo music or someone came out with a solid body strat style electric ukulele.

Skinny Money McGee
06-23-2014, 09:34 AM
Makes you wonder why they made it that that shape though. I mean, it's Fender. What's wrong with a Strat or a Tele?

They say is is based on the 1956-58 electric mandolin called the "Mandocaster"

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 09:44 AM
Looks more like the "Lostinteresthalfwaythroughcaster"

Then again, Gibson are still making the Moderne, the ugliest piece of wood to ever have tuning pegs attached to it, and that was designed in 1957.

Brad Bordessa
06-23-2014, 09:53 AM
I think it's pretty disappointing, myself. If they're going to do this, I would hope they'd make it like a legit mini strat - steel strings, decent pickups, etc. We've got enough piezos to go around... *sigh*

Skinny Money McGee
06-23-2014, 10:27 AM
Here's a new Mando-strat (as they call them now). Sweetwater sells them for $299.00


http://youtu.be/dYTz1WYuXQ4

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 10:34 AM
Here's a new Mando-strat (as they call them now).

I wonder if that's designed to scoop up some of the sales from the now-defunct Epiphone Mandobird?

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 10:46 AM
If you search the web for "half size" or "childrens" electric guitar, there are dozens of decent looking instruments for a lot less than $ 100, with 19" to 21" scale lengths. It would be easy to remove 2 tuners and blank the holes, fit & cut a new nut, and either modify the bridge, or replace it with one of the cheap and readily available "4 string electric mandolin" bridges. The bridge, at between $ 20 and $ 30 would be the most expensive part (apart from the guitar), but I reckon you could build something pretty good for $ 100.

bnolsen
06-23-2014, 10:50 AM
If you search the web for "half size" or "childrens" electric guitar, there are dozens of decent looking instruments for a lot less than $ 100, with 19" to 21" scale lengths. It would be easy to remove 2 tuners and blank the holes, fit & cut a new nut, and either modify the bridge, or replace it with one of the cheap and readily available "4 string electric mandolin" bridges. The bridge, at between $ 20 and $ 30 would be the most expensive part (apart from the guitar), but I reckon you could build something pretty good for $ 100.

Seems like it could be interesting wiht one of the rondo music child guitars:

http://www.rondomusic.com/product6392.html
http://www.rondomusic.com/shark.html

I assume a bass bridge would do the trick.

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 10:56 AM
Is 20.5" somewhere between Tenor and Baritone?

Looks fun...DO IT!

The Big Kahuna
06-23-2014, 10:57 AM
That shark is fecking* awesome! Imagine turning up at a beach party with that and a battery amp!


















* Not a swear word. It's Irish.

Wicked
06-23-2014, 03:08 PM
I think it's pretty disappointing, myself. If they're going to do this, I would hope they'd make it like a legit mini strat - steel strings, decent pickups, etc. We've got enough piezos to go around... *sigh*

...Agreed...

bnolsen
06-23-2014, 04:55 PM
That shark is fecking* awesome! Imagine turning up at a beach party with that and a battery amp!

a gfs lil killer humbucking bar pickup should do the trick nicely on this. sad it only has one knob but I guess you could put in a concentric volume/tone knob, or perhaps its trivial to drill in a tone knob.

ricdoug
06-23-2014, 06:38 PM
Since it costs more than an American Standard Fender Standard Stratocaster guitar, someone at Fender has smoked more dope than a large elephant could ever withstand without dying. Ric

Skinny Money McGee
06-24-2014, 06:07 AM
Since it costs more than an American Standard Fender Standard Stratocaster guitar, someone at Fender has smoked more dope than a large elephant could ever withstand without dying. Ric

Lol !! Hard to believe the prices they get for those in Japan. It must be a brand label thing. If it has the "Fender" decal on it, charge 4x the price. I'd consider buying one for 200 bucks.

I've been looking for a telecaster, and a high end 1952 re-issue Japanese model is the same price as this Fender uke. Go figure.

The Big Kahuna
06-24-2014, 06:38 AM
I've been looking for a telecaster, and a high end 1952 re-issue Japanese model is the same price as this Fender uke. Go figure.

Hmm, shiny Tele or naff and ugly uke-type thing? Ok, I'll take the Tele please :)

The price was the main thing that made me think "fake". I seriously don't know how they can sleep at night, charging that much for what is, basically, a 4 string child's guitar.

I'd love to see and hear the Tele, when and if you get one. I hear good things about the Mexican ones as well. I've been looking at the Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita:

http://www.fender.com/en-GB/guitars/telecaster/vintage-modified-cabronita-telecaster-maple-fingerboard-black/

Skinny Money McGee
06-24-2014, 06:53 AM
I'd love to see and hear the Tele, when and if you get one. I hear good things about the Mexican ones as well. I've been looking at the Squier Vintage Modified Cabronita:


That Cabronita looks sweet. I've been looking at the TL52-SPL. Here's a sample of the sounds. It still has some of the twang, but has some good crunch too.


http://youtu.be/a6uv5-Lsa7o

haole
06-24-2014, 07:13 AM
Fender could sell me a uke if they shrunk a surf green Jazzmaster down to uke size and made it in the US.

The Big Kahuna
06-24-2014, 07:13 AM
That neck humbucker sounds incredible. Nothing on the planet sound like a good Tele, but you have to get one with a humbucker in the neck (IMHO). I was never keen on the deluxe though, the humbucker in the bridge never really did it for me, and we must've had 20+ through the store over the years.

The Big Kahuna
06-24-2014, 07:14 AM
Fender could sell me a uke if they shrunk a surf green Jazzmaster down to uke size and made it in the US.

How about a Thinline Tele uke? I'd be queueing outside the store if they released one of those!

iamesperambient
06-24-2014, 07:33 AM
That Cabronita looks sweet. I've been looking at the TL52-SPL. Here's a sample of the sounds. It still has some of the twang, but has some good crunch too.


http://youtu.be/a6uv5-Lsa7o



thats the keith richards 5 string?
if so pretty cool, really like the sound and concept.
Apparently ernie ball sold 5 string guitar strings at one point
not sure if its still made now though.

iamesperambient
06-24-2014, 07:36 AM
I think it's pretty disappointing, myself. If they're going to do this, I would hope they'd make it like a legit mini strat - steel strings, decent pickups, etc. We've got enough piezos to go around... *sigh*

if they made a mini tele or strat 4 string electric ukulele designed as a electric tenor
but with the exact specs as a strat or tele it would be the best uke.

I love my konablaster because it actually sounds like a fender and feels like one too
but i would love to have the real deal.

Pueo
06-24-2014, 10:06 AM
I guess Microsoft must have done something to upset them...

;)
:biglaugh: I see what you meant!