I spoke with the custom mandolin makers in Chennai about Tulsi mandolins. Since I don't play carnatic style but only western style, he has given me three options - 4 stringed, 5 stringed or 8 stringed. I'm not interested in buying an 8-string electric as I'm looking for a guitarist sound and single strings also make it convenient to play rock slides.
I'm in a dilemma of how many stringed mando I need to buy - 4 string or 5 string. The advantage of a 5 string one is that one extra string which gives room for lower notes. But finding and playing chords in it is going to be an issue. I'm pretty much accustomed to 4(or 8) string chords.
Can you give me suggestions on which one to buy?