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    I'm not sure which forum this should be posted in, so it wound up here. From a FB mandolin group.

    https://www.walmart.com/ip/8-String-...8-4fec6556dcf6

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    I'd jump on that one...........with both feet.

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    Lol, I like how they took the jeans ad and just photoshopped the mandolin in... without bothering to get rid of the original ad's text, or pay attention to scale.

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    Scrolls differ quite a bit between the two pictured instruments.
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    At least there is some truth in advertising:

    "A well-built F-Model mandolin at this price range is truly unheard of."

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    Danger, Will Robinson! Cheap mandolins incoming.

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    Hmm... fingerboard is rosewood, but rest is made of basswood? Isn't that just one step above balsa wood?
    It may play beautifully, but won't take any knocks or dings well. But at that price, they're disposable - its cheaper to buy another instead of a fret job!

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    On the first pic? The right side mando just has a bad photoshop job. The 2nd and 3rd pictures on the site are better representations of the scroll.

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    That mandolin has a darned nice pick holder.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    I wonder what the "case gifts" are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    I wonder what the "case gifts" are.
    Let's hope the "gifts" aren't alive. (Thinking of a fiddle case I bought years ago which came with preinstalled bowhair bugs which reportedly also eat other things besides just violin bow hair - such as tortoise shell, ivory, hide glue, etc... although admittedly those are unlikely components for this particular mandolin.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khatarlan View Post
    Hmm... fingerboard is rosewood, but rest is made of basswood? Isn't that just one step above balsa wood?
    It may play beautifully, but won't take any knocks or dings well. But at that price, they're disposable - its cheaper to buy another instead of a fret job!

    Khat
    Right, and where's the Pawlonia?
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    It does come with a hard storage bag, so there is that. Since the description mentions some features twice I am curious why there's no mention of an adjustable truss rod. Maybe there is nothing under that truss rod cover.

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