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    I was thinking of getting an electric mandolin so that I can social distance with a small group and still be heard. I am thinking of buying a used pancake flatiron and converting it. Does anyone have advise. I donít want to spend more then $1000. Thanks for your input helping me make music

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    Those ovation mandolins are easy to play and sound pretty good plugged in, many "under 1K" mandolins do come with a pickup installed, just have to make sure it has one before you purchase. You could invest in a decent mic and preamp as well ( for way under 1K), unless you are wanting to direct feed the PC. They make preamps with usb feeds as well.
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    Eastman has some "electrified" models. Also, there are some solid body electrics floating around. You can get a Mandoblaster used for under $600. Keep an eye out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorraine Fox View Post
    I was thinking of getting an electric mandolin so that I can social distance with a small group and still be heard. I am thinking of buying a used pancake flatiron and converting it. Does anyone have advise. I don’t want to spend more then $1000.
    It depends on what kind of music you play, and what type of tone you seek, but my first thought for amplification in that price range would be the Godin A8.
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    It depends on what kind of music you play, and what type of tone you seek, but my first thought for amplification in that price range would be the Godin A8.

    After hearing Eva Scow on hers, that Godin is my first thought for electric in any price range. I have one of the Fender reissues that’s fun and was cheap, but no longer made.

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    I found a 4 string tele-mando kit, that wasn't much more than a hundo. But it's the difference between a solid body electric guitar vs. an acoustic guitar. Knowing what i know now, i would get an L. R. Baggs pickup for my favorite acoustic mandolin. It worked for my fiddle.

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    whole section devoted to them .. https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/f...ring-Electrics

    But it reads like you want to add a pickup on an acoustic mandolin..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lorraine Fox View Post
    I am thinking of buying a used pancake flatiron and converting it. Does anyone have advise.
    You're getting into a "project" that is going to take time researching pickups, electronics and the sort then playing around to find the tonal sweet spot. Either you do it or you pay a tech. Beyond that, finding something off the shelf that works is going to be the fastest and easiest.

    The Godin is a great choice.
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    I'm an another Godin A8 supporter. It's an acoustic instrument fitted with a pre-amp, and plays well and loudly un-amped as well as amplified. I'm very happy with mine.
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