I picked up a pretty cool new toy on Ebay this week -- a Godin Glissentar. #It's a fretless instrument with 11 strings arranged like an oud (5 double courses + a single bass drone string). #Looks like most everything Godin makes (guitars, basses, mandolins).
Although I gather most owners tune it like a guitar, I use oud tuning (CFADGC) which I'm more comfortable with. #The sound isn't as rich as the oud's (that huge oud chamber makes a big difference), but it sounds very nice amplified (unlike most ouds) and the mechanical tuners are great after years of wrestling with the oud's friction tuners.
Curious if any other Mando Cafe folks have tried one of these?