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    Default Washburn Mandola

    Hi All,

    I'm hoping to find some information about the Washburn M226SWK Mandola. There is some stuff about it on Washburn's website but I can't find an Internet dealer that has one or even what the price for one is.

    Does anyone have any experience with this mandola or have any additional information about it?

    http://www.washburn.com/products/blu...n/M226SWK.html

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Washburn Mandola

    Just looking at the Washburn link for a minute, the information is full of mistakes and/or contradictions.
    It just shows how poor the information can be, and how bad the fact/error checking can be, on some of these websites.

    In the description, they don't even refer to it as mandola. Then if you check the "specs" tab, they list a scale of 13.75". That's a mandolin, not a mandola. Apparently without a bridge (bridge is "n/a"). My guess is that this instrument doesn't exist, or at least not yet. "Coming soon", maybe?
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    Default Re: Washburn Mandola

    I was going to say pretty much what Jeff did after looking at the link. An unknown instrument with an oval hole, from the "bluegrass series", that has a mandolin scale and is strung with guitar strings? Things that make you go "hmmm..."

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    Default Re: Washburn Mandola

    With a 17-inch scale length and carved top, I'd also be interested if anyone has tried one of these.
    Here's a link to a page that seems to have the correct specs.

    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/deta...Fc1i7AodjWcAbw
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    Default Re: Washburn Mandola

    Quote Originally Posted by acousticphd View Post
    In the description, they don't even refer to it as mandola. Then if you check the "specs" tab, they list a scale of 13.75". That's a mandolin, not a mandola. Apparently without a bridge (bridge is "n/a"). My guess is that this instrument doesn't exist, or at least not yet. "Coming soon", maybe?
    The main Washburn link sez:

    The Mandola instrument is the ancester of the modern day Mandolin. The strings are tuned in unision and it has a longer scale length then traditional mandolins, at 17 inches. It is normally tuned just like a viola, C G D and A.
    The specs tab sez:

    NECK
    MATERIAL: Flame Maple
    FRETBOARD: ebony
    INLAYS: dots
    NUT: Bone
    NUT WIDTH: 31mm
    SCALE: 17"
    BRIDGE:Ebony
    TUNERS:Distressed Open Gear
    STRINGS: D'addario J72 Light Gauge Mandola Strings
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    Default Re: Washburn Mandola

    ancester huh? Really think the mandola came before the mandolin? Must be just like the viola came before the violin.

    Even so, it may be a nice inexpensive way of obtaining that lower range.
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    Default Re: Washburn Mandola

    1. Apparently Washburn can't spell "ancestor"?

    2. But they're right about the mandola coming first; "mandolin" means "small mandola," actually. Or so I've read.
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