I was just wondering, has anyone ever seen a four string mandolin (one E string, one A string, one D string, and one G string). #It would have only 4 tuners, not 8.
Seems like it would have a unique sound, but I've never heard of such an instrument being made/played.
Next time I change strings I may try it out and see how it sounds/plays. Of course, an instrument built for 4 strings could have some lighter bracing due to the decreased string tension and that could be utilized to modify the tone.