"Electric mandolins are sort of the orcs to mandolins' elves." -Chris Thile
You'll need to listen to the preceding minute or so to get the context. Thile was talking about tone and why he isn't in a rock band. But I agree with his fun analogy, though electric mandolins have always struck me as more goblin like than orc like. Thile's point is e-mandos don't really sound like mandolins.
But that's OK with me, they have a different voice than a standard mandolin.