Mandolins?

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Mandolins?

Post by HarlowTheFish » Sun Apr 18, 2021 6:20 pm

So I've been threatening to get my girl a mandolin for her birthday for a little while now, but I'm basically i-mando-literate, so I don't really know where to start shopping for one. I've gotten enough cheap gear that I know better than to shell out for the cheapest option, but I feel like it goes from $300ish with "okay for the price" reviews to $900 with "reliable for professional performance". I just want something she can noodle on and learn the ropes with, that won't play like trash, but isn't more than (ideally) $500 shipped to my door.

If I knew what to look for I'd be willing to buy used, but while I know guitars and basses well, I'm clueless on these tiny lute things.

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Re: Mandolins?

Post by Sweetfinger » Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:57 pm

It's all in the setup. I've had the Rogue cheep-os playing nicely with a setup and a bit of work.

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Re: Mandolins?

Post by jvin248 » Mon Apr 19, 2021 3:02 am

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+1 .. shop carefully for the guitar tech to do a downtown job on the setup.
Even if you pay the $100 for a fret level + setup you'll have a guitar that plays like a Custom Shop. Highest value guitar mod out there.

$170 Harley Benton Mandolin should work quite well. They have a less fancy teardrop shaped one for $80
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Re: Mandolins?

Post by N0_Camping4U » Sat Apr 24, 2021 12:34 pm

I picked up a Fender 8 string Mandolin years ago. I enjoy it a lot. I'm no mando expert.. It was like 300 bucks. I got it professionally set up and it's cool. Plays great, a fun little instrument to mess around with. These are a little rarer, they have 4 string variants and I see people killing it on Youtube.

This is the variant I got:
https://reverb.com/au/item/432468-fende ... r-sunburst

Doesn't Eastwood make some 'Mandocasters'?
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Re: Mandolins?

Post by DesmondWafers » Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:38 am

There are a couple of eastman all-solid, carved mandolins in the range you're looking at. The md305 is at just about $500. They're very nice mandolins, more than enough for a beginner and you honestly wouldn't get much of an upgrade from there without going up around 1k. I would put these firmly in your category of "reliable for professional performance", especially with a nice setup.

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Re: Mandolins?

Post by stevejamsecono » Sun Apr 25, 2021 12:26 pm

I've got a Goya that my Grandfather purchased in the early 60s. I haven't played it a lot, but it sounds really nice! I'd say the bigger appeal of it is that it's pristine and it has the original handwritten receipt and hangtags from when he bought it, so it's a nice time capsule :)
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