The original Mandocasters had all maple necks until 1959 when they switched to rosewood fret boards.
I've learned a little about Bigsby guitars and the fact that Fender obviously copied some features from Paul Bigsby's creations. Bigsby had designed a 5 string mandolin for Tiny Moore, the mandolin and guitarist from Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
I have to wonder if this instrument was Leo Fenders way to offer a cheaper and mass produced version of the electric mandolin.
In 1965 Fender made a few changes. They updated the pickguard to a 3 layer tortoise shell style and adapted the Fender spaghetti style logo decal.
|Modified with 2 pickups/switch|