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    Mando-Accumulator Jim Garber's Avatar
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    Default Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    A friend of mine has a Jazzbo 5-string by Paul Lestock/Arrow Mandolins. I am sure he would build you an excellent 4-string, if that is what you want. They sound fantastic. Here is Jason Anick playing a 5-string.


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    Default Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Nestlerode View Post
    I read on the cafe some time ago that Tiny Moore chorded like he was playing a mandola and solo-ed like he was playing a mandolin. It dawned on me at that point that a 5 string mandolin is just a short scale mandola with a cheater e string on top.
    I believe that's backward ...

    Tiny also said that as long as he was playing with Eldon Shamblin he didn't have to worry much about chords. More than you wanted to know about electric mandolins.

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    Default Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    Quote Originally Posted by Verne Andru View Post
    dang - have you tried your Mann with the low string removed? The low C really threw me off at first. Maybe try it as a 4 and see what you think of the instrument.

    I have a 5 string Fender electric that took a bit of getting used to but now I can't see going without it.
    I have been thinking about this a lot, but I feel like that extra empty space on the fretboard would bug me. And does removing the C string leave too little tension?

    I like Daniel’s idea of thinking like a mandola with an extra string on top, but I am kinda useless with a mandola - what about doing a normal Mando tuning with two E stings on top? Perhaps there are some interesting things I could do with that and still be able to chord like a mando...

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    Default Re: 4-string emando, what’s the best out there?

    If your 5 is a solid body, which I assume it is, removing the C will have little to no effect. Hollow-bodies have a fair bit of give under tension whereas the idea of a solid body is to provide a stable platform for the various bits.

    For a short-term solution I don't think the extra space would cause a problem once you get used to it. The search for better gear is ongoing so my attitude is to work with what I got while keeping an eye out for that holy grail.

    I play guitar and bass so for me the tenor/mandola tuning with a mandolin on top for soloing works well. I can even get some walking bass-lines happening on the C that makes for a lot of fun with my looper. The low C also allows for some pretty good power chords that sits in a mix nicely. | oKee.ComX

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