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    Question acoustic/electric mandolin in 2021

    As the title says, I am looking for a decent A/E mandolin to be able to plug in and play but also strum without the electronic setup. I am learning jazz, but also play classical tunes and some bluegrass...
    I cannot find a godin A8 on sale currently and Ovation mm68 in USA (I need it to ship from USA). The Ovation mm68 AX models are not well review according to some threads on the forum.
    What are my options. both used and new are welcome
    Would also appreciate if someone is selling a Godin in excellent condition.
    Thanks

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    To give perspective, A friend is coming from the US to an asian country where I live in 20 days, and is willing to carry the instrument for me. Ordering directly to where I live will impose around 100% extra customs duties which has stopped me from playing a decent instrument while I have been learning for more than a year..
    Currently have a cheap <100$ instrument which has its limitations. I am thankful though to have what I have and enjoy playing the instrument I have, at the same time excited to level up my instrument

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    A lot of Eastmans are available with pickups these days.
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    Your friend may have to negotiate with Customs if bringing back an instrument purchased in the US; leaving that up to him/her, you can find MM-68's here on eBay and at used instrument dealers. Price listings seem to vary greatly, between one and two thousand dollars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhiyao View Post
    As the title says, I am looking for a decent A/E mandolin to be able to plug in and play but also strum without the electronic setup. I am learning jazz, but also play classical tunes and some bluegrass...
    I cannot find a godin A8 on sale currently and Ovation mm68 in USA (I need it to ship from USA). The Ovation mm68 AX models are not well review according to some threads on the forum.
    What are my options. both used and new are welcome
    Would also appreciate if someone is selling a Godin in excellent condition.
    Thanks
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    Here is a good price on an Ovation MM68. NFI.

    https://www.musicgoround.com/product...-mm68-mandolin
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    I've installed JJB pickups in about 25 instruments from fiddle to ukulele to all mandolin-family instruments, banjos, guitars and an upright bass. Coupled with a decent external preamp/DI its great for amplified or unplugged playing. Get the best acoustic mandolin you can afford then add a pickup.

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    I agree 100% with Mandobart. Over the years I have tried every electric mandolin or acoustic electric that I could get my hands on. Never was I fully satisfied with the sound, if you want it to truly sound like an acoustic mandolin. But adding a decent pickup to your favorite mandolin I believe will get you the closest. And then it's easy to transfer the pickup to your newest mandolin when you upgrade or switch instruments in the future. I currently use the L.R. Baggs Radius and I'm very satisfied with it. Mandobart seems to be quite happy with the JJB. I'm sure there are many recommendations and reviews on this site. I recently learned about the Myers pickup https://www.myerspickups.com/product...icro-gooseneck and I might give it a try at some point.

    In conclusion I now much prefer adding a pickup to my favorite and main mandolin, that trying to find a model with pickup system built-in that won't play as nice or sound as nice as my main instrument. Something will always be lacking. Just stick with a attachable pickup system that is easy on easy off.

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    Although I agree with the others above, I too would buy the best acoustic Mandolin I could afford and add a pickup, I did see this Ovation on the GC website.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Ov...n-117386661.gc
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    Yeah, that is an Asia-made Ovation. Not what the OP is looking for. Only the Ovation MM68 (not the MCS148, MAE148, or MM68AX) was made in the U.S.
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    Another Ovation MM68 for sale. Prices do seem to be going up.

    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/m...416296084.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Yeah, that is an Asia-made Ovation. Not what the OP is looking for. Only the Ovation MM68 (not the MCS148, MAE148, or MM68AX) was made in the U.S.
    Oops! I must missed that part.
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    Thanks to all the reply, I was able to lock in on a Godin A-8 from a fellow forum member. Hope it reaches me in time and in beautiful condition!
    Happy playing and thanks to all the well meaning replies

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    To everyone recommending the best possible acoustic mandolin I can buy and add a pickup to it, I feel you. It is just that I only had a week, 10 days max to get the final product for a friend to carry it back home, where quality luthiers are rare to find. Also, the level I am right now, Godin A8 seems to provide every opportunity to learn and improve atleast for a couple of years and over time I might definitely invest in a classic Eastman or Kentucky mandolin with pick-up. The forum has never disappointed me so far, and always been helpful and guided me forward! you guys are awesome cheers!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bhiyao View Post
    Thanks to all the reply, I was able to lock in on a Godin A-8 from a fellow forum member. Hope it reaches me in time and in beautiful condition!
    Happy playing and thanks to all the well meaning replies
    Right on! Congratulations on your new mandolin!

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    For future reference, posting Guidelines discourage soliciting personal instruments. The Classifieds section is the appropriate place, Want to Buy.

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