Re: Saga emando kit... Suggestions?
-- Change the bridge (an acoustic instrument bridge on a solid body electric makes zero sense). There is one on ebay from Allparts for about $27, search "electric mandolin bridge". Or just cut down a Strat or Tele bridge. You'll also need the through-body string ferrules. We initially used the bridge supplied, but it's in the wrong place and, because the solid body is soft, it has a tendency to lean, especially as you start to drop the action.
--The nut is in need of serious filing (like 1/8" inch).
-- Examine the neck and frets carefully - expect to have to file frets.
-- Check all the tuners, we had one very bad tuner and one mediocre tuner and ended up replacing all of them.
-- Our pickup did not have the pickup cover grounded, which, as the spouse said, made it hum like a banshee (I told him banshees wail, not hum, and he was not impressed). It was replaced with a Seymour Duncan Tele neck pickup we happened to have around the house, which took a bit of filing the pickguard.
-- The electronic cavity isn't grounded, and in a dry climate the entire pickguard tribocharges. You have to shield the cavity AND the pickguard. Copper tape is best, but it's priced as though it was 24k gold. Aluminum foil works. This is a budget project, or you'd be buying a Mandocaster or a Moongazer or similar.
-- The "components" are basically two potentiometers and a capacitor. It works.
-- The jack is shady and can stand to be replaced but isn't a priority.
-- The body has been sanded rather nicely and then sealed. Definitely paint-ready. We finished it with ReRanch nitrocellulose, but be aware that nitro can be fragile.
-- The strings that are shipped with it, in our case, were so tightly wound together that they were kinked and unusable. We just just used spare electric guitar strings out of an .090 and .010 set.
-- Have fun shaping the headstock. If you google it, you can find templates for Strat or Tele headstocks that you can print 1:1 and then mess with. It's fun.
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Last edited by Mo Soar; Jul-17-2012 at 8:59pm.
1918 Gibson A, "Lillian";
1940s (?) Kay A style f hole - currently down for a refret and fretboard re-profile, my first attempts (with guidance) at lutherie.
1981 Washburn M7SN (2 point);
2011 Eastman 504, "Belle";
2012 Lafferty mahogany octave mandolin;
2012 Emando (Saga), "Hank"
1 husband, 2 dogs, 4 chickens.