Fender Introduces Robert Schmidt Electric Mandolin
The Robert Schmidt Electric Mandolin.
Fender is delighted to introduce the first artist-model instrument in its acoustic folk family, the Robert Schmidt Electric Mandolin.
Schmidt, the dexterous mandolin and banjo player extraordinaire for boisterous L.A. celt-punks Flogging Molly, has lent his own name and design to this elegantly electrifying new model, which is based on Fender’s FM-62E mandolin of 2001-2007. And he quite enjoyed the process.
“When Fender approached me about doing this signature mandolin I was totally floored,” Schmidt said. “To be included in the ranks of the artists who have done signature instruments is a tremendous honor. It’s taken 15 years of touring for me to come up with what I feel is the best rock mandolin you can get. From the cast one-piece bridge and streamlined electronics—to make sure it performs show after show—to its polished look and detailing, it’s made to be played, and to stand up to the rigors of touring. I’m really proud of this mandolin.”
Distinctive features of the Robert Schmidt Electric Mandolin include a spruce top with quartersawn spruce tone-bar bracing, solid maple carved back and sides, mahogany neck with 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, tortoiseshell pickguard, compensated ebony bridge with bronze cast chrome tailpiece, “chrome dome” volume knob, chrome tuners with pearl acrylic buttons, specially designed piezo pickup and electronics, and handsome dark walnut stain finish.