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    just received my Eastwood Airline electric mandola today. based on the fact its a $300 rig i give it 2 thumbs up. it is quite playable out of the box after tuning and intonating. the bridge could have been a little better thought out and there is not a lot of room for moving the saddles.as well the height adjustment seems too rock the saddle back instead of raising it. the guitar size pick up is good and hot, though i find i prefer to switch my amp to bright from normal setting .tuners seem good.frets feel nice neck is strait. the strings are pinching a bit at the nut so i need to sit down and work on this a bit. i will be shimming the neck to get more back angle for lower action if the bridge will allow for it.probably change to larger string gadge for bassier tuning in G or F maybe,make it an octave mando/or baritone.perhaps lower the action at the nut as well.

    any way short story is that with a little setup you have a workable axe if you don't mind the action up a little and are not concerned about total perfect intonation.
    and if you are this instrument could be upgraded and modded easily to be a great professional axe.

    please remember this is an after 2 hours of ownership review and is solely my opinion which may change by tomorrow.

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    Update.. the intonation seems quite decent . having a little problem with the C string. gets a bit sharp at the first and second fret due to string height at the nut. its a .031 gadge string so if you press hard it goes sharp easy, which is hard not to do up at the 15+ frets.these things can be worked out with action set up i think

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    well i have stripped it down to single strings and my enjoyment factor increased 100%. so i guess my only complaint is the but ugly head stock. actually its not ugly just huge. my hydrocephalic mandola

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    of course... the perfect accompaniment to the airline mandocello.
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    Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Milne View Post
    of course... the perfect accompaniment to the airline mandocello.
    looks vintage too.

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    looking forward to pics/ clips.
    Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.

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    well its a nice mandola but i am bored of it now time to sell it or maybe store it and see if the price goes up in ten years. now if it was a 5 string then i would be really into it. need to stop impulse buying on the internet i guess .looks nice on the wall any way

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    Ben - who's the owner of the mandocello? Is that your instrument? Looks great! I just aquired a teens Gibson 'cello, and I'm a little afraid that in a short time I'll be prowling for an electric version...
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    I guess I use the term 'cello loosely. It's a short scale (3/4?) airline bass and was tuned in fifths.
    It was played by Alain who joins Them Crooked Vultures for their live shows. This one was used for Highway one - a song featuring JPJ playing his Manson bros. Electric Mandola (octave)
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    Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.

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    Got my Airline also. What a cool instrument. I would rate it several notches above a Mandobird. Very playable out of the box- doesn't really need anything done to it. I don't have any experience with a mandola, but I love its dark lower scale. It seems to hit notes that fit in between someplace. Very dark sounding, which is cool in my book. Haven't gigged with it yet, but that will be next. I will do a more complete review for E-mando.com when I've had more time with it. But for now- two thumbs way up!
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    Today's Thursday Lunch Special from Eastwood:
    Eastwood Airline Mandola Package: $349
    Note: this post is purely informative - no financial interest nor instrument endorsement on my part.
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    Eddie, the string gauges Jon Mann uses on his 18" scale OEMs are: .052-.038-.026-.014
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    I have this one now, with the strings from emando on it. I love it. It can really cover a lot of ground, as far as genre. I bought it mostly because of the body style, I've wanted an airline bass forever, and I am really surprised and pleased with it. I haven't touched my mandolin in a week.

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    They are very good looking instruments and can be easily upgraded

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    I tuned mine to Uke GCEA using 17-26, 13-18, 15-15, 10-10. I posted this elsewhere too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rico mando View Post
    well its a nice mandola but i am bored of it now time to sell it or maybe store it and see if the price goes up in ten years. now if it was a 5 string then i would be really into it. need to stop impulse buying on the internet i guess .looks nice on the wall any way
    I have sold my eastwood mandola so do not message me asking if I still have it .thanks

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    So I guess I'm calling mine a Mandolele.
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    Oooh, I got my upgraded pickguard. Next, I have a SD Custom Mandolin Mini Humbucker on order and a "cool little knob" for the split and push pull volume.Click image for larger version. 

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    Eastwood Demo Sale (March, 2013):
    "Airline mandola with very minor scratch on body back. Barely visible." Sale price $299.
    No financial nor endorsement of the instrument on my part.
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    So is it possible to use this as an octave mandolin, and if so, what gauge strings to use?

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    You may find the strings a bit too floppy for Octave tuning,it may work better with cgda tuning. I haven't reached a conclusion.
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    No financial interest on my part:

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    Here's the on-line store's link to the mandola.
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    i'm so tempted. has anyone played this in CGDG .... I'd like to have a go at that... bit torn between this and the warren ellis tenor... tempted to be back into the electric sound, but really not into six strings (might have a pop at DADGAD though!)
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    ideal Eastwood mandola?
    upgraded humbucker with push/pull knob coil tap.
    1st three pairs in octaves (smallest course in unison).
    My friend has a 70's Manson electric mandola with three single coil PU's and a 5 position selector switch strung like this...it jangles like a mofo.

    I'm tempted to get one of these and make the mods (any pickup suggestions?)
    cut the nut, figure out string gauges, put in the coil tap....
    It's either that or a $1600 elctric Mann (he makes 'em pretty)

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    I bought one in the summer, all ok but something didn't feel 'right'....so just made it into an octave with strings-052/ 038/ 026/014 as a four string...adjusted intonation, action fine....and now it really rocks ! Thought a black scratchplate looked better too, it matches the headstock. Best wishes from southern England xxx
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