View Full Version : 10 String/Blues

Jun-18-2004, 10:22am
So the other day I went looking thourgh my dad's guitar books looking for blues stuff found a B. B. King book and arranged "The Thrill is Gone" for a Mandolin playing the guitar lead which for all who don't know a Mandolin G (open) is an octave above guitars lowest G (3rd fret last string) so basicly I wrote it an octave down an changed around the bends and stuff. The tune sounded really cool but I realised if I wanted to continue with the style of music I should get a 10 string because I don't like tuning down anyone know where to find one. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mandosmiley.gif

mad dawg
Jun-18-2004, 1:10pm
David Freshwater (http://www.frettedfolkinstruments.com), based in Inverness, Scotland, builds a very reasonably priced 10-string mandolin. I have an older 10-string of his he built for a music store a while back, and really enjoy it.

Stephan Sobell (http://www.sobellinstruments.com/) from Northumberland also makes 10-string mandolins, which fellow MC'er Dagger Gordon plays, as well as Iain MacLeod, formerly of Shooglenifty. (Someday, wife permitting, I will own a Sobell. http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif)

Dave Wendler
Jun-18-2004, 4:16pm
I've been thinking about a 10 string FANNED fret...wondering if it would work. Or, might be able to get away with about a 15" scale, use .009's for the first course, and still have plenty of pop for the low strings. The problem is, a "flapping" low string(course)...this is the problem with 5 stringers, whether its a bass guitar or an electric mando.

BUT, I think if we stretched the scale by an inch, we just might get away with it.

I'd be willing to try, anyway....