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PostSubject: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:23 am

I have a great love for classic instruments of all types, and one particular area of interest is anything pertaining to the Renaissance period. I have a dulcimer that has such sounds, but it's limited in that it is fretted in a major scale, so you can't play in certain modes. I have always wanted to have a mandolin to play with, since (besides bluegrass) they make me think of Irish/Celtic music.

I see them on eBay for around $40, and I am literally inches from pulling the trigger on one.

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:42 pm

mandolins have no sustain ... or at least maybe just i never played a good one. it just ssems like its more of the plucking sound than tone. i think the sound is awesome if used correctly ... the battle of evermore comes to mind (awesome!) ... then loosing my religion comes second to mind and makes me wanna never hear that sound again.

my fingers are too fat and sausagey to play a mando anyway.

bummer eric ... i just gave a mando away a year or so ago. it was a student instrument, but playable none the less. it was dusty and rusty and just needed some t.l.c. i wudda given it to you.

i really dig and always wanted to experiment with ......

harp, harpsicord, sitar, cello, theramin and trumpet.

trumpet would probably be next ... but we definately gotta get a house first ... really loud.

actually, i am really open to experimenting with anything that makes sound. we're a curious bunch here. everyone get some chops on a really weird instrument and we'll do some on line collaborations ... eric on the mando, me on a trumpet, we need someone on the jamacian metal drums, ... ooh! someone on kazoo and someone on theramin. what would that come out like???

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:06 pm

Dude I want to learn mando so badly. I might get the Eastwood Mandocaster. Its a solid body 8 string electric mandolin. Its kinda sorta not really based on the old Fender Mandocaster (even though they look nothing like each other, and the Fender only had 1 pickup, and had 4 strings instead of 8 ). They seem pretty nice and they're only $300.

And imagine what would happen if you replaced the pickups (strat sized single coils) with strat sized humbuckers and then ran it through distortion. You'd have a Shred-olin! Actually, you could just replace the bridge pickup and keep the neck pickup stock. Soloing the neck pickup will get you closest to an acoustic mandolin sound anyway.

Heres a demo:




Edit: And to answer your question, yes, my neighbor has this old acoustic one and I've played it a couple times. Its pretty fun actually.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:27 pm

Yeah, I built a cheap campfire mandolin about half a year ago. The frets need a bit of work still though. For me, the scale length is just way too short to play. I say go for the ebay one if you want to experiment! It's a very neat instrument. I'm actually planning on building an octave mandolin sometime in the not too distant future.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sun Aug 09, 2009 10:37 pm

Oh great....now I'm really jonesing for one! Laughing

MadMike, I am SO with you on this. I definitely lean towards The Battle Of Evermore, and so don't with Losing My Religion in terms of the mandolin in rock music.

Led Zeppelin and mandolin = awesome.

REM and mandolin (or, a lot of things, for that matter) = not so good.

Forgive me if I've offended any REM fans. I can admit that they have contributed a lot to the music scene in general, but they really are not my cup of tea....or battery acid....for that matter. tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:27 am

The Epiphone Mandobird is cool as well. I have regular 8 string one at home but just do not use it.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:09 am

^ Those are cool too. I saw the 4 string version in a guitar store once, but didn't play it. Looked pretty nice, for a $250 instrument. What are they like?
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:23 am

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 10, 2009 9:15 am

Been tipping away with one for a few years now, got a great deal on a handcarved one, as you mentioned Eric, for the 'ol Irish/Celtic schizz....
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 10, 2009 5:56 pm

That is exactly what appeals to me about them, Bill. Wink I love Irish/Celtic music, and I have always wanted to be able to create it on some level, even if it wouldn't be all that expert.

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:08 am

Man, its not about being expert, not for me anyway, its about just rattling out a few tunes, and having a good time doing it!

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:28 pm

How would a mandolin sound if you played it with your fingers instead of a pick? I'm curious...
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:56 pm

Chowderboots wrote:
How would a mandolin sound if you played it with your fingers instead of a pick? I'm curious...

Quiter with a fuller tone, sounds great for recording, and has a much sweeter strummed tone this way.

My opinion only, of course.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 12:59 pm

Yeah that's what I figured. When you play one with a pick or your nails, there's all that bite that's most of what you hear.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:52 pm

Chowderboots wrote:
Yeah that's what I figured. When you play one with a pick or your nails, there's all that bite that's most of what you hear.

Yup, a lot of that is because its a dual course instrument, not to mention how high its tuned.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:28 pm

And how small it is for a stringed instrument. Not a lot of stuff that can vibrate, you know?
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:24 pm

I'd love to have one electrified with full-on blazing distortion going. I once dropped a pickup into my beloved dulcimer (beloved, because it was a gift from my grandparents), and that thing sang with glorious feedback when I pumped it through an amplifier.

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:25 pm

dulcimer death metal!

gotta hear that. Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 8:46 pm

You know, I might actually have a tape of me doing this floating around somewhere. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:03 pm

Hah! Nice!! Was it a lap (mountain) dulcimer? My mom has one of those. Very Appalachian.

I've got a Bouzouki from my dad sitting in the garage. Put half a P bass pickup in it and bashta.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:15 am

Chowderboots wrote:
And how small it is for a stringed instrument. Not a lot of stuff that can vibrate, you know?

Its tiny(its whole body/neck headstock goes from the but end of my Fender to the 10th fret), but takes very little bracing, compared to a guitar, so the whole thing pretty much vibrates, my one has a internal chamber to make the tone fuller too.

Trust me, lot of vibration, hit a chord, then place your hand across the body, you'll feel thr vibrations, until you choke 'em off.
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PostSubject: More Youtube   Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:23 am

About Mandoshredding...

Combine this tone:


With this playing:


THAT would be awesome
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:08 am

Darkstrike wrote:
Chowderboots wrote:
And how small it is for a stringed instrument. Not a lot of stuff that can vibrate, you know?

Its tiny(its whole body/neck headstock goes from the but end of my Fender to the 10th fret), but takes very little bracing, compared to a guitar, so the whole thing pretty much vibrates, my one has a internal chamber to make the tone fuller too.

Trust me, lot of vibration, hit a chord, then place your hand across the body, you'll feel thr vibrations, until you choke 'em off.

Maybe I've just played really crappy mandolins...and I probably haven't played them well, either. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Wed Aug 12, 2009 12:23 pm

Kugelspot wrote:
THAT would be awesome

Honestly..... it would just sound like an electric guitar.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:45 pm

A small, 8-stringed, hollowbody electric guitar.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:08 am

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A small, 8-stringed, hollowbody electric guitar.

Not exactly, that electric mandolin is a solid body,

Just sound like shredding up high on a 12 string electric guitar.

Honestly, i think the acoustic mando vid is perfect the way it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:02 am

Darkstrike wrote:
Chowderboots wrote:
A small, 8-stringed, hollowbody electric guitar.

Not exactly, that electric mandolin is a solid body,

Just sound like shredding up high on a 12 string electric guitar.

Honestly, i think the acoustic mando vid is perfect the way it is.

Ah si, segnor. Touche.
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 24, 2009 1:54 am

Here's an interesting combination of 2 recent discussions (plus my own obsession with aluminum instruments): apparently there was a company called Merrill that made aluminum bodied mandolins in the late 90's (1890's that is). Even though they're over a century old, ones in decent condition can go for $200-300 on eBay. this is the only pic I could find:



I wish I could find a picture of the front. I so want one now.

I promise if I get one I'll take a bunch of pics and maybe even do a demo on youtube
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:28 am

Hah! Sweet! That would probably sound great...
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sat Sep 19, 2009 11:21 pm

So I borrowed my neighbors mandolin yesterday. Its missing both E strings, and was very out of tune, but I know I want to learn mandolin now.

I think I'll ask for one for my birthday, or maybe money for one, so I can choose my own (I'll probably be getting it off Craigslist or Ebay)
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PostSubject: Re: Anyone ever play a mandolin?   Sun Sep 20, 2009 9:46 am

Mandolins are fun instruments. I think my mom's looking into buying one.

When I think of buying instruments, my gut reaction is sadly "does Ibanez/Tama make those?" Laughing And I think they did...in the 70s. Never seen a Tama mandolin on eBay, though.
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