I have an EM 5 exactly like the one in your picture. It is one sweet mando. I got it in trade for a Eastman 615 that I never played a few weeks ago. I already had a Blue Star Mandoblaster 5 string, so knew what to expect. The Mann is more jazz like, the Blue Star more rock. I play in 3 groups, and each has its place. I contacted Jonathon Mann about strings, and he reccommends D'Addario nickle wound guitar strings- .09-.014-.026w-.038w-and .052w. It might take you awhile to adjust to the extra string, but the lower range is great. Enjoy your beautiful instrument!!
Chief. Way up North. Gibson 1917 A model. JL Smith 5 string electric(Seafoam). JL Smith 5 string electric(black). 1929 National Triolian resonator mandolin. 1935 Dobro resonator mandolin. Harmony Batwing electric. Bacorn 8 string electric mandolin. 60s' Kay archtop electric. 1932 National electric mandolin.