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    Default Turning an 8 string mandocaster into a 5 string?

    I'm very close to getting a manocaster but would like to turn the 8 string that I'm looking at into a 5 string. Is that possible with the correct bridge and a new nut?

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    Default Re: Turning an 8 string mandocaster into a 5 string?

    You'll have 3 extra tuning machines. And the if the pickups have pole pieces, they may not line up.

    Have you thought about one of these? (NFI)
    https://www.elderly.com/blue-star-5-...ster-96044.htm

    There are a couple in the classifieds. Do a search for Mandoblaster.

    Daniel

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    Default Re: Turning an 8 string mandocaster into a 5 string?

    I would think the nut would be too narrow: Click image for larger version. 

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    Default Re: Turning an 8 string mandocaster into a 5 string?

    The nut will be too narrow. The nut on those are about 1" wide and five strings typically have 1.25" nut widths. I think you'll also find that the fretboard will be too narrow overall to accommodate a five string bridge. My boards measure 1 5/8" at the joint.

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    Default Re: Turning an 8 string mandocaster into a 5 string?

    8 into 4 is more realistic.. Example EM150 in CGDA , 4 strings..

    But as OP is looking , wanting a 5 string , then I recommend just getting a 5 string ..

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