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Thread: NMD Airline Mandola restrung as a 4-string OM.

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    Default NMD Airline Mandola restrung as a 4-string OM.

    My 4-string collection is complete, have 4-string mando, mandola, and OM, all Eastwoods.

    For strings I used electric guitar (nickel wound) strings from D'Addario:

    13 - plain steel
    22 - nickel wound - will replace with 20 plain soon (similar tension), it's too weak like this.
    34 - nickel wound
    52 - nickel wound

    Those are all around 15 lbs, low tension I know, but it plays fantastic and is very bendable. The 18" scale means I can rip all over it at near mandolin speeds but on an OM, best of all worlds for me.

    It came decently setup from the factory, but after the string and tuning change, it needed some setup to play right. G and D buzzed horribly until I raised the string heights a bit, then adjusted bridge for intonation. Nut filed for the wider strings (and lowered slightly to taste) Once done it plays perfectly, and has that beautiful 4-string sound I like so much.

    It is very bassy, rich and full, plays all the way up the fretboard nicely, and has the tallest frets I have ever seen (at .070 height), which I love, didn't notice until I measured it though.
    Trinity College TM325 Octave Mandolin (converted to 4-string tenor guitar).
    Eastman MD-605SB, MD-604SB, MD-305, all with Grover 309 tuners.
    Eastwood 4 string electric mandostang, 2x Airline e-mandola (4-string) one strung as an e-OM.
    DSP's: Helix HX Stomp, various Zooms.
    Amps: QSC-K10, DBR-10, THR-10, Sony XB-20.

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    Default Re: NMD Airline Mandola restrung as a 4-string OM.

    What? No photos?


    I'm interested because I am thinking about a 5 string OM (GDAEB). Though I may just give up and go back to guitar. <gasp>

    Daniel

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    Default Re: NMD Airline Mandola restrung as a 4-string OM.

    Here's the pic, after the restring:

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    Trinity College TM325 Octave Mandolin (converted to 4-string tenor guitar).
    Eastman MD-605SB, MD-604SB, MD-305, all with Grover 309 tuners.
    Eastwood 4 string electric mandostang, 2x Airline e-mandola (4-string) one strung as an e-OM.
    DSP's: Helix HX Stomp, various Zooms.
    Amps: QSC-K10, DBR-10, THR-10, Sony XB-20.

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