Recommendations for an electric mandolin?

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  1. louderock

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    Interested in getting an entry-level electric mandolin. There's a 4 or 8 string Fender that seems reasonable. Also the Eastwood Mandocaster looks cool. Any recommendations?
     
  2. sixty2strat

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    had one for about 20 years a washburn and put a fishman on it. Simple and sounds good
     
  3. TDJMB

    TDJMB Gold Supporting Member

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    The Eastwood looks great for the money. Any other suggestions?
     
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    I use a Godin A8 live and it works great. Good pre-amp, no feedback, simple EQ and volume controls on the front.

    Plays well too and is surprisingly loud unplugged.
     
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    Are you talking about an acoustic mandolin with a pickup, or a solidbody electric mandolin?
     
  6. Dave Wakely

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    I have a Fender semi-hollow, which sounds terrific plugged in. Not currently made, I think, but it was surprisingly cheap secondhand.
     
  7. mockchoi

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    If you're talking about that acoustic Fender with the single-coil pickup, I wouldn't recommend it.
     
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    If you can find one, get the Vox used by David Lindley, Ry Cooder and Daniel Lanois.
     
  9. nmiller

    nmiller Drowning in lap steels Silver Supporting Member

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    Those are 12-string octave guitars, not mandolins.
     
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    My bad. They sound great though. Guess I'd go with one of the old Fenders then.
     
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    Kevbo599 Silver Supporting Member

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    I bought an Ibanez mandolin with pickup from Musician's Friend about 8 years ago.
    It was about $179.00 and once I had it set up properly it played nicely.
     
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    If you want an amplified acoustic tone, a good sounding standard mandolin with an LR Baggs Radius pickup works extremely well. I use one with a tube preamp patch on a Line 6 X3, run to FOH. Very happy with the sound.

    If you want a solidbody electric mando, I have no experience with that, but would start with an Epiphone Mandobird. Those look delightful. I'm too old and fat to wield a Firebird, but might get away with a Mandobird.
     
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    Ask on Mandolin Cafe.
     
  15. louderock

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    They stopped making the Epi Mandobird. Also been checking this one out:

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    Ry cooder does have a mandoblaster, so do I. Elderly sells them and they're on ebay too. They're affordable and still sound and play great. Moongazer makes some great kits as well , I built the deluxe strat and it's nice. Single course solid bodies for me have more in common with guitar than the acoustic mandolin - playing mechanics, amps, pedals, etc. They're a ton of fun. Jazzmando.com has an extensive directory of builders. Not a fan of double course electrics personally.
     
  17. louderock

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    ^^^ Good stuff. The Moongazer kits look pretty cool.
     
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    I have this
    works pretty well

    the only thing that sucks is that it uses ball end guitar strings, so you kinda hafta make up a set of strings. You can't just buy a set of mandolin strings for it
     
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    I play an Ovation MM-68 which was the top of the line mando they made. The lesser ones aren't worth it in my opinion. I also have a 1918 Gibson A model, but the Ovation has been stellar for stage work. A little cut at 1.2K on the EQ, add a little reverb and you're good to go. I use Adamas mando strings since you have to use ball end strings.

    I've never cared much for most of the solid body mandolins I've played.
     
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    I have this one, no complaints.
     

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