Re: Looking for a mellow A5 or F5 mandolin - music other than blu
Start with using $15 Jazzmando or D'Addario Flatwound strings on your current mandolin with a Dawg pick. That ought to darken the tone a bit. Alternatively, break away from the arch top F hole paradigm and consider a flat top/back mandolin with a mahogany, walnut, or rosewood back and an oval hole (e.g., Big Muddy, Gypsy, Redline Traveler, Arches, Flatiron Pancake, vintage Martin). Those are in your budget and have mellower tones.
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