I've recently become friends with the owner of the newly resurrected Raven guitar company. For those who don't know, Raven made some of the finest electric guitars to come out of Korea. These were (are) copies of guitars in the $3-4000 range, that are so good as to be almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Check out the reviews they have received at Harmony Central.
The original company folded 3 years ago when the principle owner died. Now his stepson and former business partner has started it up again. This is the man with whom I've become friends. If you want to see his new guitars, you can do so here:
We have discussed the possibility of his putting out an electric mandolin. No decision has yet been made.
So I ask, is there a market for a well made Korean e-mando in this price range? If so, would it be better to make solid or hollow body instruments. If you go to the Ravenwest web site, please look at the models 350 and 450, as the mandolin, if it is made, would be one of these body styles. They could be made in 4,5, and 8 string configurations.
The response here will be a factor in whether or not to go ahead and have some of these made, and which body style, so I ask everybody reading this to voice their opinion.
Thanks in advance for your answers.