This 1974 Fender Mandocaster was previously owned by pioneering Jazz Fusion guitarist John Abecrombie. His unique use of the Mandocaster involved tuning the instrument in 4ths like an electric guitar as opposed to traditional mandolin tuning in 5ths. This instrument became an important part of Abecrombie's sound throughout the 70's, often sounding like a variety of different instruments, from a Japanese Koto to even flue inspired sounds. A 2017 article in the Freboard Journal was published featuring an interview with Abecrombie about his use of this instrument which included photos of him with this and other electric Mandolin guitars in his collection. This is both an important piece for fans of Abercrombie as well as a rare instrument.
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