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    Re: Home Amp for 5 String

    I have two 5 string electrics, a fender fm60e and a Bluestar mandoblaster. I have tried several home amps, one fender and three Roland amps, including the Roland micro cube, and a Yamaha thr5c. I...
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    Re: Eddy Peabody w/mando

    My father played tenor banjo but changed to plectrum banjo later in life. Eddy Peabody was his banjo hero. I believe he had every record eddy Peabody played. Dad died in 1990 and listening to...
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    Re: Alternative tunings for your 5-string

    I've been playing 5 string electrics for just over three years now and love the standard CGDAE tuning. I play classical, jazz, and some popular stuff. If you can handle using tab as well standard...
  4. Re: Why did you gravitate toward the electric side?

    I don't think this is an easy question to answer, but I will try. Back in the early 60's I had a band and bands were a dime a dozen. We made very little playing, but played for the joy of it. I...
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    Re: Fender Mandostrat, worth buying?

    I have a fender Mandostrat, reissue, about 4 years old, purchased new, and a fender fm60e five string, purchased used. Both are beautiful instruments and each has a unique voice. I have had several...
  6. Re: J.L. Smith (4-stringer) Natural just finished.

    That's a beautiful instrument, John. The Tele-ish shape is very pleasing to the eye, and, if the sound is still like the sample on emando.com, very pleasing to the ear. If I can peddle a couple of...
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    The VoxAC30 is a nice clean sound with no distortion. The effects can be added to the clean sound. Ken
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    The saddles were standard guitar string saddles. I opted not to modify the originals just in case I screwed something up.

    For what it's worth, digitalshrub, I had the same intonation problem on...
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    I thought I would give the op, digitalshrub, an update on the Fender FM60e I've been fussing with for the last month or so, fwiw. I ordered a set of bridge saddles off eBay for the for the princely...
  10. Thread: Retirement

    by Kenny A
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    Re: Retirement

    After owning a small business for 38 years and working 51 weeks a year and 6 days a week, I finally sold my business and retired two years ago at age 68. My main goal after retiring was to get...
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    That's a decent instrument to start off with, digitalshrub. It will give you a great idea if electric is the way you want to go or not without breaking the bank. I'm still messing around with the...
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    I can help you on that 4 string Mandostrat as that was my first e-mando. I sent that one out for a pro setup and he did A bang up job. The action is low and fast and by using some offset barrels in...
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    The OP, digitalshrub, asked for my comments after receiving the Fm60e I was waiting on delivery, so I thought I would add my 2 cents, but with inflation etc, that's now a nickel, I believe. I...
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    Re: Setting up a Fender FM60e

    Thanks for your reply, Tavy. No matter what you do with that pesky C string leaves it a bit unruly it seems. I set it at .016 and left it there rather than mess around and end up with a buzzing open...
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    Setting up a Fender FM60e

    I'm in the middle od setting up a Fender FM60E 5 string electric. What is the optimal string height for the low C string at the first fret? I'd like to get it as low as possible but don't want to...
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    Re: Flirting with the 5-string mandolin (again)

    I can only speak for myself, however, about 20 months ago I became smitten with a fender 4 string my wife and daughter gave to me as a retirement gift. It took a really good setup and some different...
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    Re: electric mando strings

    I use flat wound chromes on my fender Mandostrat and Blue Star 5 string from Martin at emando.com. He ships quick at a decent price and we're supporting our own.
  18. Thread: String trees

    by Kenny A
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    Re: String trees

    Both my electrics, a Bluestar and a Fender, utilize a string tree and I've never had a problem. Unlike a standard acoustic mandolin, the headstock is flat to the fretboard.(though lower by roughly...
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    Re: The saddest song ever

    In my opinion (as if that carries any weight), the country song by George Jones, he stopped loving her today, is no doubt the saddest damn song I ever heard.
  20. Re: Where do you play and store your instruments at home?

    My wife and I live alone in a 3 bedroom townhouse since my retirement. All my instruments hang on string swings on the wall in one of the spare bedrooms (sans bed). I have dubbed my room here as...
  21. Thread: Fender Fm60e

    by Kenny A
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    Re: Fender Fm60e

    FWIW, in perusing the classifieds yesterday , I noticed a red Mandoblaster for a good price.

    Ken
  22. Thread: Fender Fm60e

    by Kenny A
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    Re: Fender Fm60e

    I just want to relate my sad story regarding Guitar Center and an FM60E. It was last Feb. and I was in the market for my first 5 string when I saw a FM60E at a guitar center about 1500 miles away. ...
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    I added my vote as well. Good luck!
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    Re: Alternatives to a "mail-order bride?"

    You are probably in a very tough spot. I know for a fact that other than a couple of cheap mass produced acoustics fitted with a pickup and controls, you cannot find a solid body emando to try out...
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    Re: Why electric mandolin?

    I thought I would add my two cents to the fray, for what it's worth. Like most, I began with acoustic instruments and as I progressed and improved I kept looking for different voices, hence the...
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