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    Just curious. If you had an instrument body. No strings on it. pin bridge and five tuners. How would you determine it it was intended to be a mandolin, mandola, 5 string bass or ukulele?

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    Scale length would greatly influence tuning options.

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    I'd also be curious about the spacing of the string slots at the nut, and if the instrument is acoustic (although pin bridge sounds acoustic).

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    Default Re: difference with ukulele

    Could be one of these timples from the Canary Islands? There are some larger instruments from South America that have 5 single strings.

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    Default Re: difference with ukulele

    Pictures as well as measurements can be a big help.

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    Default Re: difference with ukulele

    thanks everyone, the instrument proved to be a 5 string acoustic electric mandolin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J.C. Bryant View Post
    thanks everyone, the instrument proved to be a 5 string acoustic electric mandolin.
    Chase mandolin, as discussed in this adjacent thread, I believe.
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