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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by brogh, Apr 22, 2020.

  1. Peegoo

    Peegoo Poster Extraordinaire

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    I've had an acoustic Ibanez A-style mando for about 8 years and it sounds great, plays great, and has been trouble free. I did have to do a setup on it because the nut action was really high.

    I also have an Eastwood Mandocaster; here it is next to a Stooge Mac kit baby Tele.

    It's a lot of fun!

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    Eastman (Chinese import) makes very nice acoustic A and F-style mandolins.
     
  2. Matt Sarad

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    I have a Gibson F9. I play it every day. Mostly fiddle tunes. It inspired me to get a fiddle. I did. It’s rather more difficult,
     
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  3. beagle

    beagle Friend of Leo's

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    Mandolin and mandola, but I don't play as much as I used to because the tiny necks aggravate my arthritis.

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  4. backwater

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    I have a beautiful mandolin made by Moon Guitars in Glasgow, cost me about £500 a decade or so back. Flame maple back and sides, mahogany neck, spruce top. Still not learned to play it properly though!

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    I've had one knocking about for a while, a mij Terada which sounds pretty good and is very playable so finally decided to try and learn something on it.
    I've slowly been working through Mandolin boogie by Arthur Smith, I've got the notes down but need to get it up to speed as it's more like Mandolin blues at the moment.
    The plan is to slip it into the live set of my rockabilly band when we get back gigging again.
     
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    I bought a Harley Benton Telecaster mandolin from Thomann in Germany, They're really well made & cheap as chips. Great fun instrument.

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  7. P Bill

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    I've been playing mandolin and fiddle since I was 50. It's a good way to keep things interesting and improve your guitar playing.

    Two mandos I made and an Eastman MD 315 that is good value as an f5 starter. The previous owner wanted to customize the headstock.



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  8. blowtorch

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    Here's my mando collection
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  9. trapdoor2

    trapdoor2 Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I have a few...

    I played guitar in an Irish-trad group for a while. All those jigs made me want either a tenor banjo or a mandolin. Ended up with a mando-banjo, a mandola, several mandolins and 4 tenor banjos. :rolleyes:

    I originally targeted Gibson F-2/F-4 but they got crazy expensive. My local store took in a 1920s Weyman "mandolute" and I fell in love with it. Not as fancy as this one...

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  10. RodeoTex

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    I have a beat up Ovation that was really fun. It needs a few frets replaced now.
    I kept it tuned like the bottom 4 strings of a guitar for a long time until someone told me that it was tuned like the top 4 of a guitar, only backwards.
    That really opened things up for me.

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  12. blowtorch

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    Every once in awhile I start feeling mando playing is kind of geeky
    Then I watch this
     
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    scottser Friend of Leo's

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    mine is a barnes & mullen - a cheap chinese job, but it has a nice wide nut, 33mm for my fat stupid fingers. standard is about 29-30mm i believe. every time i pick up a mando with a standard neck width it becomes impossible for me to fret properly. it also has a jumbo width body and a subsequently wider frequency range than its thinner counterparts, which can sound quite harsh and nasally or lacking some depth. i'll post a pic from my phone in a bit.
     
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    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    I frequently use a mandoline like this one to slice up vegetables:

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    Wow guys you are posting som beautiful stuff here !!!

    some are just amazing !!
     
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    Here's my 1918 F4. Brilliant tone and very loud.

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    I got this Ibanez a couple years ago to learn to play.It’s not a Gibson but it suits me fine. It’s a good starter, prices go up quicker after that.
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    In a non traditional way, I went with Godin. I new I needed to be plugged in most of the time, but it sounds great acoustically too.
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