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    Default Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    Has anyone ever used either and can help me choose?

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    Hi and welcome,

    They are two quite different instruments. The Mandoblaster is a solid-body electric mandolin while the Godin is an acoustic electric design. The Mandoblaster is popular with those who want to explore lots of special effects and electric sounds, while the Godin is widely regarded as one of the most natural sounding amplified mandolins. Which you choose will depend entirely on what you want to do with it. What kind of music do you want to play?
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    I agree with Tim above. Having owned both in the past, it's really apples and oranges. Godin if you want to keep it acoustic, and the blaster if you want to unleash your inner rock star. Actually, the Godin I had never sounded that great, in that it had a low level buzz that I could never get rid of.
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    Default Re: Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    Love my Godin, it is really for creating an "acoustic" mandolin sound when amplified. To my ear, electric mandos sound like high-pitched guitars but if that is the sound you are looking for... buy the Mandoblasted

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    Default Re: Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    Thanks. I think im going to try the mandoblaster, because i am looking more for the electric sound

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    Big Bert...want to buy mine?
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    It's gray.
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    Default Re: Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    Take the sale into a Private Message conversation in order to avoid conflicting with the forum guidelines. Thanks
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    Default Re: Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    I owned both.
    The Godin was good - solid, consistent and acoustic sounding - but didn't excite me as much to play as my Fishman Piezo bridge equipped Flatiron Performer F - so I sold it.

    The Bluestar Mandoblaster I had was a 5 string. I also sold that. The C was always too slack tension-wise and the fret work on that instrument was loathsome. Instead of a smooth fret feel I got hung up on that board by frets that seemed to inhibit quick picking.

    I am sure the Bluestar line has improved since I owned one - this was at least 10 yrs ago.

    As others have said, it depends upon what you want to do with it.....
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    Default Re: Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    A8 uses 4 bridge mounted Piezos.. [+ a Pre/EQ] the other a lipstick magnetic PU.
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    Default Re: Godin a8 vs. Blue star Mandoblaster

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Bert View Post
    Thanks. I think im going to try the mandoblaster, because i am looking more for the electric sound
    Congrats of your decision and good luck with it. Let us know what you think when you've had time to work with it.

    Do take heed to what Ted said above. The Mandoblaster can usually use a good set up that includes fret work. If you get the five-string, I'd like to know what you think of it. For me, the 5/10 string mandolins have always been a bit disappointing. As Ted mentioned, the low C is always a bit slack for me. Extending the range to include the mandola is one of those things that seems like such a great idea, but it never really pans out somehow.

    For me the idea of combining mandolin and mandola is like the tromboon (the trombone/bassoon hybrid): It combines the worst of both instruments.
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