Fender 2014 re-issue Mando-Strat electric Mandolin

My 2014 Mando-Strat

fender sunburst mandocaster at Ukulele Corner
sunburst Fender mandostrat
indonesian electric mandolin at Ukulele Corner
1956 blond fender electric mandolin at Lardy's Ukulele Database

1956 blond Original

It has steel strings and is tuned A~D~F#~B

Fender re-issue Mando-Strat

I was originally going to get a Dean ML Black Satin - it was coming from Germany, (because none were being shipped to England), and out of stock at the time, but due back in stock a couple of weeks later - I didn't want it to be like the Ibanez Iceman so I could wait...
Well after 6 months of waiting I finally gave up and changed my order, (then the Dean came up on eBay so I got one anyway from the US). I had already paid as it was part of a larger order and with the Euro weakening against the Pound quite a bit in the intervening period I would have lost a fair amount if I had just asked for my money back so I decided to change the order. What I went for was Fenders re-issue of its famous 1950's Electric Mandolin, now branded the Mando-Strat, (because although everyone called the original a Mandocaster, Fender never officially did - it was just the Fender Electric Mandolin - and in the intervening years a number of people had put out electric Mandolins they had officially called the Mandocaster). I really wanted one of the original 1950's versions, (and still do), but they run well into 4 figures for a good one so it looked very unlikely in reality that I would ever get one, and this re issue when it first came out wasn't cheap so I decided to wait before getting one in case I could get an original; or until I could get a re-issue at a much lower price, (probably 2nd hand), I did keep a vague eye on them though, in case they were discontinued again, (in which case I would have to buy one quick!) Well they haven't been discontinued yet but the price has dropped considerably, so when I looked for a substitute there it was. (Truth to tell I wasn't particularly looking for a substitute but when I saw this new price, less than half the original price, I then decided to change the order) I shall mess about with the strings and tune it like a Ukulele as I do with all my Mandolins and I will still dream about getting a Blond '56 one, (the reissue only comes as sunburst) I will even still say I would like one of the ones on sale in Japan that were actually built as Ukuleles, (but these are very very expensive even without shipping and import tax; however they do come in other finished too so I would get a blue one of those - and I had all three, then I would tuned the Mando-Strat as a Mandolin)

Now its here and its a real real Fender - the bolt on neck and the headstock shape make it seem much more like a real Fender than my Fender Ukulele though they are both real Fenders(? so I'm not sure I'm conveying what I mean well here - anyway) The steel strings hurt my fingers but I have persevered with it and learned to play Sweet Home Alabama on the Mandolin so far, though I'm still not sure whether to leave it tuned G~D~A~E (Mandolin) or go A~D~F#~B (Ukulele low A - but I probably should change the B string if I do...
Nah its nowhere near as cheesegratery when its a little slack and I'm a lot happier playing it like this plus I don't have any of my other Ukuleles tuned to low A...
One day I will get a Mandolin and leave it tuned like a Mandolin)