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    Hey all i am interested in a electric mando. Mainly for jazz and swing purposes. Mainly to give a little mix up to my normal acoustic mandolin playing. I really dont care if its four or five string. Dont know much about electric.

    Anyway i want something at a good price just to start with. What do you recomend? Nothing real expensive. It can be cheap because it would not be used in public. At least for a while.

    Is anyone harder to play? Well give me your info please. Thanks a bunch.

    Add anything extra you think might help. Thanks.

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    5 string electrics are pretty cool to play around with. And the low C is really nice to have. I have a Mann EM-5 5 string electric mando for sale in the classifieds, if you are interested. However, I am asking $650 for it. Send me a messege if you're interested.

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    add one string and you get a mandola and a mandolin range of notes all at once, quite a deal.
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    Thanks. I will still look before i buy anything yet. Does anyone else have any suggestions?

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    Options are limited for affordable five strings, but for cheap, playable 4 stringers your best bet are Blue Star instruments, or used things as they are available. Elderly seems to always have a number of the Blue Stars in stock.

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    I own a Bluestar 5 string and I think it's probably the cheapest you can go and get something that plays well and sounds good out of the box. I've also said this before: You can take one string off of a 5 string and play it like a 4 string. You can take 4 strings off of an 8 string and play it like a 4 string.
    I love playing a 5 string like a 5 string. That one "extra" string gives you more chording possibilities, and lets you play down to a C.
    Forget with the cowbell, already...

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    I completely forgot that Blue Star made fivers... That'll prolly be the direction I go when it's time.

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