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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.
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    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.
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