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bluesyswede
Feb-12-2010, 4:13pm
A cool, loud and not too shiny reso-mando, folks!!!
Perfect for the blues, strong tone that cuts through easily..

Here's a video clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HzHK0rBq7I



It goes very well with my other resonator instruments and my blues, been meaning to have some mandolin tunes on my repertoire! :-)

A mandolin from Republic Guitars in Texas..
Played here by my blues-buddy Lars Åstrand.

Here's the MANDOLIAN! A resonator mandolin!!

http://www.johaneliasson.com/Mandolian/DSC02844.jpg

I've always loved the mandolin as a part of acoustic blues, gonna play a few numbers during my concerts from now on..


http://www.johaneliasson.com/Mandolian/DSC02845.jpg

http://www.johaneliasson.com/Mandolian/DSC02846.jpg

Looks really vintage and used, absolutely wonderful to my eyes, I like the worn and beat-up looks!!

http://www.johaneliasson.com/Mandolian/DSC02848.jpg

bluesyswede
Feb-12-2010, 4:17pm
http://www.johaneliasson.com/Mandolian/DSC02850.jpg

http://www.johaneliasson.com/Mandolian/DSC02851.jpg
[b]I'm gonna replace these with some tuners that look the same "age" as the metal body..b] :grin:

Jake Wildwood
Feb-15-2010, 11:47am
That 15 1/4" scale is crossing into mandola territory!

hank
Feb-15-2010, 12:43pm
Sounds good, very different than most mandolins. I guess it's the scale length, it definitely has a deeper(lower pitched) voicing. Would probably work well in mandolin duet's. Congratulations, very way cool Blues shoes.

bevb
Feb-15-2010, 2:32pm
http://entertainment.webshots.com/photo/2012512880085238681TpPLZb
Here's me and mine....(Having trouble with pics !)

bluesyswede
Feb-15-2010, 2:59pm
Thanks guys!
And yes, the longer scale is kinda interesting, I like the lower voicing!!

Jim Garber
Feb-15-2010, 3:11pm
I think that is the same as the std National scale. They were going for the maximum volume. I found my National style 2 to be a little too shrill with std tuning so ended up tuning down to E with octave strings on the lower two courses. Fits in with the usual blues keys.

hank
Feb-15-2010, 3:32pm
Your looking good with your National Bev. Interesting landscapes as well. Jim is yours an old one or a newer model?

brunello97
Feb-17-2010, 9:44pm
Does it come pre-dented in the back or is that photo deceiving?

Mick

bluesyswede
Feb-18-2010, 1:55am
Photo deceiving, no dents in the back but thet's a GREAT idea!!
I'll put some bumps and dents there, LoL!

John Bertotti
Feb-22-2010, 7:31pm
How much brighter is the bell brass body?

You know I really didn't need to see this instrument because for the price and the tone it is very tempting!

bluesyswede
Feb-23-2010, 2:34am
The brass bodies are usually more dull or less harsh than the steel body.

I heard this very clearly when I was recording my coming CD, there's both a brass and a steel mando on there.. The brass is much smoother in tone, the steel one cuts through much better and I must say I prefer the steel sound..

bluesyswede
Jun-23-2010, 1:47am
:mandosmiley:

mrmando
Jun-23-2010, 2:43am
Nice! I like a gig where the percussionist works for free.

John Bertotti
Jun-23-2010, 11:22am
Very cool!

bluesyswede
Jun-24-2010, 2:05am
Thanks guys!

Chief
Jul-03-2010, 1:19pm
What a great clip. Those Swedes' build things to last. I'm also a reso fan- and hey- both of my parents were from Sweden, and I still have lots of relatives there. So, bluesyswede, we've got some things in common.

bluesyswede
Jul-03-2010, 1:57pm
Hey Chief!
Thanks for the nice comment!! And how cool it is that you've got your roots over here, where in Sweden did your parents come from?
And do YOU speak any Swedish still?!
If you ever come here to visit, bring your Triolian mando, bro!!!!

Chief
Jul-03-2010, 2:16pm
Hey man- my dad was actually a Finn-Swede- was born in Finland, and my mom was from the Gothenborg area, although most of my relatives now live in Stockholm. I was born on the Scandinavian Riviera on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. My parents never taught us Swedish, because they talked in Swede when they didn't want us to know what they were saying. Someday I'll learn. Great to hear from you!

Charles E.
Jul-03-2010, 6:34pm
that steamboat jam reminded me of this....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbN-jO11vKg

bluesyswede
Jul-06-2010, 4:37pm
Yeah!
And these two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqatMdB5vu4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SmRypjAUcU

SincereCorgi
Jul-11-2010, 3:40pm
That thing sounds pretty great (playing isn't too bad either :) ). Now, I don't know if it's in bad taste to ask- but is this the same basic instrument sold under the Johnson and Recording King names or is this is a special for Republic?

bluesyswede
Jul-11-2010, 5:13pm
Thanks!!

I'm not sure but my guess is that this is the same guys building Republic (and other brands) that used to build Johnson and similar..
The Chinese factory used to be named AXL, and on some of the Republic cases I have, it says AXL..