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    Has anyone seen the new Eastman El Rey electric mandolin? It looks interesting from the pictures and videos.

    What do you all think about it?
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    Default Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    Never heard of it. Just Googled it. My humble:

    - Nice looking.
    - Why did they name it after Tito Puente?


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    I love mine. Great feel and playability, excellent tone, and the custom Lollar pickup is amazing.
    Axes: Rigel A Natural #1774 w/mods, Andrew Jerman Irwin-style 5 string electric "Stealie", Eastman 515, Eastman El Rey, Crafter M85E, Dillion 335 style, Grandmom's solid-mahogany teens bent-top, Baglamas 002
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    Default Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    my local music store has plenty of Eastman guitars and mandolins but have no plans to get el Rey.Tito was a neighbor and he was the King.

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    I played a friend's Eastman El Rey last week.
    I loved it! The neck feels just like the Eastman acoustic mandolins. Super comfortable. I like that it has a floating bridge like an acoustic. Sounds great and easy to play

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    Default Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    - Why did they name it after Tito Puente?
    Maybe they named it after Robert Rodriquez' cable network?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Rey_Network

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    I love mine and believe that Dennis at The Mandolin Store still has some in stock.

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    The mandolin is named after the El Rey electric guitar Eastman has been selling for quite a while; the mandolin is a small version of that body shape.
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    Apparently you can use it to pretend you play electric guitar


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    Quote Originally Posted by OldSausage View Post
    Apparently you can use it to pretend you play electric guitar

    Exactly -- even weirder when you think 99.9% of mandolin players start out on guitar in the first place..............hmmm

    but, sure, a really cool toy!

    I should add all the "playing" takes place in the first 47 seconds of the video. That's 9 minutes of my life I'll never get back.......

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    Yeah I wish they had more playing and less talking in that video.
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    I was saving up for a Pono octave, but after learning about this iam not so sure. It looks real cool, as we used to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocT View Post
    I was saving up for a Pono octave, but after learning about this iam not so sure. It looks real cool, as we used to say.
    It looks neat. Sort of like a little Les Paul. That said, I wouldn't trade my Pono octave for one. It's killer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    Exactly -- even weirder when you think 99.9% of mandolin players start out on guitar in the first place..............hmm..
    Viola some 40+ years ago as a teen. Never guitar. Mandolin as I was getting ready to turn 40. Thank you for putting my in the top 0.1%!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Greenspoon View Post
    I love mine. Great feel and playability, excellent tone, and the custom Lollar pickup is amazing.
    So, how do you find the playability compared to an equally priced acoustic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocT View Post
    So, how do you find the playability compared to an equally priced acoustic?
    I can compare it to my Eastman 515, and state that while different necks, both are equally comfortable to me. Slight radius on the board is comfy as well.
    Axes: Rigel A Natural #1774 w/mods, Andrew Jerman Irwin-style 5 string electric "Stealie", Eastman 515, Eastman El Rey, Crafter M85E, Dillion 335 style, Grandmom's solid-mahogany teens bent-top, Baglamas 002
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    Default Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    There is also one for sale in the classifieds:

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/151818#151818
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    Default Re: Anyone seen an Eastman El Rey?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Greenspoon View Post
    I can compare it to my Eastman 515, and state that while different necks, both are equally comfortable to me. Slight radius on the board is comfy as well.
    Hi Dave. I spotted in your sig you have a Rigel A Natural "w/mods" - just curious what you changed - I have an A Natural too so I'm interested to hear what you've done.

    Apologies for dragging the thread slightly off to one side!
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