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    Default Electric solid body OM

    I play an acoustic/electric 8 string hollow body Octave mandolin so Iím looking for a different sound and a different feel. I thought a solid body electric might provide that. I want a good sound and I think 8 strings would give a fuller sound than 4 strings but I donít want it to sound too much like my current octave mandolin. I havenít been around solid bodies so Iím not sure what to expect. Any advice you have would be welcome. Thank you. Miles B

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    I can never get my pictures to print upright ugh!. That being said, I built this octave from a Mitchell mini guitar. The sustainment is ridiculous. I am not much of a musician but someone could probably do a lot of things through an amp. It has a 22 inch scale length, two single pickups and a humbucker at the bridge. Fun for me to make noises with it.

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    Buzzy Levine at Lark Street Music in NJ works with a luthier named Don Ramos who builds Ramolectro electric mandolin family instruments –– mandocello, octave mandolin, mandola. Here's a link to his inventory page. I think he has a Ramolectro OM in stock, though not sure how often the page's updated.

    Fairly expensive, but might be worth contacting Lark Street and discussing. Note: I believe they're closed Saturdays, since Levine observes the Jewish Sabbath.
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    I have a "Converting a Mini-Strat to Electric Octave Mandolin" article featured on the EMando.com website:

    http://emando.com/builders_active/mi...structions.htm
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    I'd start with deciding on a scale. I've built primarily 21.5" scale OM's although there have been a few 23" scale instruments along the way too. Most of my customers want single course not double. Put a magnetic pickup on your acoustic and see how it will sound. A solid body is going to have a bit more sustain and less degradation of the note then an acoustic.

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    I can never get my pictures to print upright ugh!
    Hi neilca,

    I had the same problem - here's your fix: https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/e...urned-sideways

    I save mine in MS Paint.

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    Best of luck; it helped me.
    Huck

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    Thank you Huck. I will use MS paint as well.

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    BOOM it works!

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