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    Hello all,

    I've been bitten badly by EMAS. First a Mandobird IV, then a Godin, (and amps of course), and now I'm looking at a Mann SEM 8.

    I haven't been able to find much info about them anywhere, not even here on the Cafe.

    I would appreciate your opinions on them. Playability, fret size, amount of radius on the fretboard, tone from the pickups, (I mostly play clean with reverb), and anything else you can tell me. For example, I can't tell how the bridge is compensated from pictures/videos I've seen.
    But I already know that they are gorgeous and I want/need one!

    Thanks!

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    Are you aware of his website www.manndolins.com? He has info about fret size, etc. of his various models. A great guy to work with who makes great stuff.

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    And he has a youtube channel MANNDOLINS Mann

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    Thanks chasray, somehow I missed seeing the specs on the website, and one of the videos gave me a good look at the bridge.

    Still would like opinions of people that have one. Can you get a clean tone out of it? Hard to tell with video audio quality.

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    I've had both the SEM and the EM. They were wonderful instruments, but like a dummy, I moved them on to new owners. Mine were both 5 strings. Tone was very clean if wanted, but I'm usually on a reberb kick with my electrics. I don't think you can go wrong with a Manndolin.
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    Don’t own one, but they have a very good reputation ‘round these parts. If I ever play my Mandobird enough to really get bugged by its shortcomings, a Manndolin will be high on my list of potential upgrades...

    Also, if you tell him what you want he can probably tweak specs for you if needed...
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    I have an EM- 4 that I'm very happy with. Yes, I can get a clean tone out of it.

    http://www.manndolins.com/em--4-5-8.html

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    I have the hollow body, which I prefer. But I can't speak about the solid body.

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    Owned several Manns and all were top notch instruments. I currently play an EM5.
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    I have the hollowbody Octave 8, and it's a really nice instrument. Looks, plays and sounds great. Mine has the Dimarzio rail pickup plus the piezo bridge, with pull-up switch for series on the humbucker. I'd certainly buy it again, so there's my opinion for ya!
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    Jonathan is a great guy and builds quality instruments. You can get a lot of different tones and sounds from his instruments, because he uses quality components/parts and he cares about craft and playability. I owned his 5 string "baritone/OM" (tuned low-G to high B) and gigged with it a bunch. Great cleans and plenty of output from driving an amp and or pedals.
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