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    I've been toying with getting a 4 or eight string electric mandolin, most likely a 4, and was wondering what would be a good quality instrument in that price range maybe used if I have the patience?

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    Ron Lira of Honest Ron's Guitars makes them for slightly more. I just received a custom one that he built for me about a month ago.

    Here's a link to a picture of one:
    Honest Ron Mandolin

    He has a walnut one in the shop for $650. It's been there a while, he might take less. He also has a single cutaway, mini-LP body style in the shop for $750.

    I've been very pleased with mine, although I have Ryder pickups rather than his standard Duncan mini-humbucker.

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    Hi,
    A Bluestar Mandoblaster goes for $637.50 at Elderly instruments new without a case. I have a purple 5 string that I like a lot. I guess I'd sell it for $610, delivered, with a hard case. You could take off one of the strings and have a great 4 string. In your price range, the mandoblaster is about the surest thing that I'm aware of. The fretboards are rock solid, they have a low action, and they stay in tune. I had to spend roughly twice as much to get an emando that was better.
    Good Luck...
    Forget with the cowbell, already...

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    Thanks for the responses. I knew that mandoblasters were an option, and thanks for the Honest Ron recommendation. I've been considering maybe going with the 5 but not quite sure yet. I know I can get something nicer if I look at going in to the $1000-1200 range which may still happen.

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    Andrew Jerman is building some pretty nice-looking ones for less than $500. He's here on the Cafe (thistle3585) and has a new 4-stringer on eBay (xroadswood).
    Emando.com: More than you wanted to know about electric mandolins.

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    This is my first attempt at trying to post an image on the board so we will see if I read the instructions correct, but it is the in progress pic of a soon to be mine Jerman 2 point emando. It's going to be a 4 string. I can't wait!

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    Thanks to all who responded to help me on my quest, I appreciate it. I will post a pic once it's done, and soundclips on my soundclick page once I get some done. It should only be a few weeks before I get to enter the Emando world
    I have to say too that Andrew is an awesome guy!

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    Very cool. I don't get down to Shelton much. Think you'll have it by Wintergrass-time?
    Emando.com: More than you wanted to know about electric mandolins.

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    If all goes well I should have it by Wintergrass. You can contact me the week before and I'll let you know. I won't have an amp by that time, but if you want to check it out, and I don't have anything going on we could meet up at Guitar Center in Tacoma and I'll let you check it out.

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    that'd be cool ... it'd be nice to review one of Andrew's instruments.
    Emando.com: More than you wanted to know about electric mandolins.

    Notorious: My Celtic CD--listen & buy!

    Donaldson Wood Thormahlen Andersen Old Wave Bacorn Yanuziello Fender National Gibson Franke Fuchs Aceto Three Hungry Pit Bulls

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