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Jun-07-2004, 11:06am
Hey guys,
Back in early April, I put in an order for my first electric mando. It's going to be built by Joel Eckhaus (Ernest Instruments). I can't wait to get my greedy little paws on this thing!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Anyway, I was just wondering if any of you guys own (or have played) any of Joel's emandos? If so, what do you think?


Ted Eschliman
Jun-07-2004, 11:08am
Joel makes seriously good instruments.
You will not be disappointed. I certainly enjoyed the five-string Boomerang I had.

Seth Rosen
Jun-07-2004, 1:09pm
That's right...Joel does wonderful work. #His instruments are an amazing value in a world where instrument prices have gone crazy. #I've had my 5 string deluxe 'Junior' for about 3 years now and I am still delighted with it.

Joel's a very good musician as well.


Jun-07-2004, 9:20pm
Hey ChrisWallace, what model did you order? I bought Mandohack's Boomerang, and it's a very good instrument. How long until you get yours?

Jun-08-2004, 6:48am
Hey Mikeomando,
I went w/ the four string Junior 'Junior'. Actually, I took a ride up to Joel's shop to demo his 'Deluxe' and got a chance to check out his shop which was really cool. Seems like a really nice guy and, from what I hear, makes a great mando as well!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Joel said that my mando should be good to go somewhere between 3-6 months (w/ early July being the "3 month mark") Keep your fingers crossed for me!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jim Garber
Jun-08-2004, 7:17am
I think that the Junior is one of the best e-mandos ouit there. I play primarily vintage ones and it has the look and feel of a 1930s EM150 without the noise and the hassles (like pickguard crystallizing).

Joel is building me an incredible tenor guitar. Stay tuned for details.


Jun-08-2004, 10:35am
Joel at Earnest Instruments (http://www.earnestinstruments.com/) is a great guy with some interesting (and sometimes hilarious) ideas about making instruments...

I've played quite a few of his electric mandolins, and all of them are winners....

I've owned a Teleulele (a uke that looks like a Telecaster) and a Hoochulele (pictured here), and both are real head-turners...

It's nice to see someone doing something different at a reasonable price in the world of luthiery, and Joel's doin' it...

Jun-08-2004, 11:34am
That is too funny!! I wonder how much extra Joel would charge me to have a mini cooler attached to my emando...maybe just big enough to fit a six pack? That way, if I'm playing a gig, and it starts to turn ugly, I won't have to go far for a little relief!! http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif