Here's my first message on this wonderfull forum. I have a low grade English and hope you'll be able to understand me.
I have an unusual question about mandolins. I'm a tenor banjo player and decided to play the mandola. I think that the transition will be easy because both tuning is CGDA.
The problem is that I'm quite obsessed by those old Gibson blackfaced instruments. Really love the famous F2 Gibson mandolin with its beautifull inlaid pickguard and stripped binding. H4 Gibson mandola is pretty rare and expensive and never saw it in black finish. Saw on internet some reproduction of F Style mandola with oval hole but can't find something that I really like.
Here is my question. Can I find a gorgeous F2 mandolin, tune it in CGDA with changing thickness of strings and get a correct sound and neck and how can I do that, I mean what kind of strings should I use. Maybe I can switch GDA from mandolin strings set and buy low E guitar string low tuned in C.
I know that it wont be a mandola neck and body but in your opinion is this possible and correct to do?
I know, I know I look really lazy but I don't want to learn new chords chart and I'm playing chords 99% of the time.
Thank you for your attention, hope you'll be able to help.