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Nov 9, 2021 - 10:04:58 PM
4 posts since 11/9/2021

I have to buy an electric mandolin.
In your opinion, which F-shaped electric mandolin is the best?

1) Ortega RMFE100AVO
2) Eastman with amplification mounted by them?
3) EPIPHONE MM 50E PROFESSIONAL VINTAGE NATURAL
4) Godin A8?
5) Or something else?

Thank you

Nov 10, 2021 - 2:17:27 AM

667 posts since 10/3/2012

What is your budget? You can install a number of different pickups in or on any F style mandolin.

Nov 10, 2021 - 2:34:16 AM

4 posts since 11/9/2021

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Clarkson

What is your budget? You can install a number of different pickups in or on any F style mandolin.


My budget is about €2000. I would like to have some advice on brand and model.

Nov 10, 2021 - 3:08:31 AM

667 posts since 10/3/2012

Do you have access to play any mandolins in your area? So much of it is personal taste in tone and the feel of the instrument. I’ve found that you can can get more for your money when buying from a independent seller.

Nov 10, 2021 - 4:20:34 AM

4 posts since 11/9/2021

I live in southern Italy and unfortunately in the shops near home they do not have electric mandolins to try.
I will have to buy from online stores

Nov 10, 2021 - 5:42:45 AM

667 posts since 10/3/2012

From the web:

Unlike many Asian made instruments, Kentucky mandolins have always had a great reputation for quality. ... Even their lowest models are nice, with their highest models rivaling instruments costing 3 times the price. As of this writing, with few exceptions, the Kentucky Mandolins made from 2015 on are the best yet.

Nov 10, 2021 - 5:44:26 AM

667 posts since 10/3/2012

From the web:

Current Kentucky mandolins are made in China. Previously, they were made in Korea, and the first Kentucky mandolins were made in Japan. Only some Kentucky Mandolins will show the country of origin on the label inside the mandolin. Many would have had a sticker on the back of the neck.

Nov 10, 2021 - 5:45:44 AM

667 posts since 10/3/2012

I’ve heard the Korean made Kentucky mandolins were really nice and affordable

Nov 10, 2021 - 7:02:22 AM

4 posts since 11/9/2021

Sorry not understood well, Kentucky is a brand or model or what? Thank's

Nov 18, 2021 - 4:01:54 PM

TSSN

USA

1012 posts since 1/3/2011

I have tried the Godin A8. It sounded nice through the Roland amp it was hooked up to. I would use it for bluegrass, but for other genres, it would have been a good fit.

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