Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by JacksonAmpworks, Sep 26, 2004.
Does anyone know of an electric mandolin that looks like a baby tele?
Godin makes a mando that looks very much like a Tele. It also has an LR Baggs pickup and preamp, and happens to sound and play great. It's a really serious players instrument. If you need Tone and playability without killing your bank account, this is the One. -Eric
Not exactly Tele-shaped, but why quibble when it's as cool as this:
Joseph Yanuziello is worth checking out:
Actually, this may be more like it:
Other colors at: http://snipurl.com/telemando
Cool guys! For some reason I have an image of a baby tele stuck in my head. Maybe I saw it at a guitar show or something.
It's is not Tele shape, but Dave Wendler's electroCoustic would definitely be my first choice if I was shopping for an electric mandolin. Here's a shot from his site.
Dear God No!!!!
Oh, sorry. Tele.
Ricky Skaggs used to play a custom Joe Glaser "Mandocaster" that was a 4 string electric mandolin that looked like a baby tele.
Probably be some serious $$ to have him make another.
These builders make Tele-style mandos:
Schwab Mandolins - Nothing but Tele mandos! :
Review of the Schwab mando is here:
click on Schwab under "Instrument Reviews":
Also, the Eastwood Mandocaster:
Epi makes a cool Firebird mando for low bones - under $500.
A buddy of mine has one of those. Pretty sweet actually. If I recall right though...it's a 4-string, without the duo's. I may be wrong, but if looking at that take it nto concideration, or notice it.
I'm pleased to say Epi now makes an 8-string version of the Firebird-shaped "MandoBird", and it came out just when I needed one. I didn't want a 4 string electric, because, you know, it doesn 't get the mando sound. I'm happy, I can run it through my effects/amp, and best of all, I wasn't spending above my ability threshold!
I've got one of those Blue Star Mandoblasters. They've gone up in price quite a bit since I got mine! It's a fun little piece, but I haven't touched it in years. Mine doesn't have the slight cut-out on the upper 'horn' so it looks more like a Tele. Well, a silver swirly Tele, anyway.
+1 on Joe Yanuziello's work...I've had Fender, Epiphone, Odyssey, Framus, and Gibson electric mandolins and sold them all after receiving my Yanuziello. It's the only one that's given me a satisfying mandolin sound in a band context. And Joe's workmanship is impeccable.
I should add that I bought my Yanuziello mandolin used, after previously buying a guitar from Joe. When the mandolin arrived from the shipper, the pickup was defective...and Joe gave me a new pickup, free. Now THAT's customer service!