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    Default via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    I am looking at adding one of these to my collection. Trouble is, no one around here has them, so it would be a sight unseen purchase via the interweb. So, has anyone had their hands on both? Which, if only choosing one, would you go with for gigging and of course, why?

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    both models will benefit from some set up and adjustments by someone qualified . so go for the look or the better price . just be sure of a good return policy either way

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    Quote Originally Posted by ricomando View Post
    both models will benefit from some set up and adjustments by someone qualified . so go for the look or the better price . just be sure of a good return policy either way
    Have you played either? Both?
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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    I hadn't heard of a Mandostang before reading your post. my search came up with one new for 278 in the UK - if you get one could you post a video as I am sorely tempted to smuggle another instrument past my wife. I have a the Mandostrat and love it. Didn't do anything in terms of set up because I don't know how and to my ears it sounds fantastic out of the box. I got mine for a hundred quid brand new so the strat is much cheaper than the stang. I do like the look of those Warren Ellis tenors as well. Oh dear, I could be in trouble.

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    Me too! I have 2 Tomo electric ukes that I currently use to gig with the E dropped an octave. I also have an Epiphone LP tuned as a mando with nylon and my Crafter electric/acoustic that I use for the more gentle tunes. But... I want a 4 string, true mandolin scale to try and I really don't know which one to go with. I too would have to 'sneak' it past the wife...
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    Thanks i hadn't seen a mandostang , now i want one.
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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    I've got one of those Crafter models too, i bought it for recording but have never been entirely happy with the sound - but it grates on me less than contact pickups on my acoustics.
    darryl I know what you mean about the many cheaper models perhaps paying for a more expenive mandolin, but I've only sold off one of my herd and couldn't bring myself to ever do it again - is there anything more satisfying than seeing mandolins all around the house!

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    My Crafter has been fantastic over the years. I've never even had to turn the truss rod. A plus is that the electronics are passive, so I don't have to deal with the battery/location like on the ovation!
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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    Quote Originally Posted by darrylicshon View Post
    Thanks i hadn't seen a mandostang , now i want one.

    I still have not seen one or even heard of one? Where might I find information on one?
    Thanks for your support?

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    Look on the Eastwood web site under "other"
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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    Quote Originally Posted by vwfye View Post
    Have you played either? Both?
    I have played the fender and have owned a few airline and eastwood instruments and tend to find decent but inexpensive pups and tuners . the neck angle may need to be changed a little , fret dressing and new pots . if they did use high end parts and more set up the instrument would cost a lot more . they are playable right out of the box and worth their cost and have a good body to upgrade upon . of course there will always be the occasional dog in the lot so hence the return policy

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    A year later, ok 355 days, I ordered my vintage cream Mandostang! Just need it to hurry and get here!!!!

    As to a link, here ya go! https://youtu.be/yOJG6Y90r8U
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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    Spent about 10 minutes setting it up, then playing quite a bit through my Mooer pedals. So far, I really like it! The strings are a bit heavier than I'm used to using, but I'm sure I will get used to them.

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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    The mando strat is pretty awesome. I have the four string.

    I thought it needed some kind of adjustment because the e string sounded different - kind of tinny and lower volume.

    Turns out I was using the wrong kind of amp, an amp used with a mic for acoustic instruments and vocals, not for plugging in an electric guitar or mandolin.

    With my very patient rock and roll brother helping me, I got the right amp, and the instrument sounded great. No problems. No set up required (verified by my brother).
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    Default Re: via buying online: Mando Strat or Mandostang???

    I bought a Fender Mandostrat 4. Loved it and promptly bought a Mandostrat 8.
    I swapped out the bridges for the 4 way Moongazer bridges, and swapped in the Almuse pickups.
    Strobe tuner indicates it plays a little sharp near the nut on the lower frets, I might need to file the nut slots down a bit.
    Once I do that, they'll be perfect.

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