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Thread: 12-String Conversion to Mandophone / Mandocello Plus!

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    Default Re: 12-String Conversion to Mandophone / Mandocello Plus!

    TJ, I found a video of something similar to what I might want to do. This instrument is single coursed, I would want double coursed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwC8s3MYhCM

    Interesting instrument here.

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    Default Re: 12-String Conversion to Mandophone / Mandocello Plus!

    Quote Originally Posted by kidgloves2 View Post
    TJ, I found a video of something similar to what I might want to do. This instrument is single coursed, I would want double coursed. ...Interesting instrument here.
    Oh, that's Phil from here at the Cafe! He posted about the construction of the instrument here...

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=51559

    ...and about the finished instrument here.

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=53333

    In this discussion, Phil asked for, and received, recommendations for stringing the guittern for a range of different tensions.

    http://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/gr...scussionid=283

    Of course, there are differences between the single-strung and double-strung mandophones I play in terms of how they sound acoustically, but my main go-to mandophone is now my Joshua six-string. I use it for most applications, and have now played out with it quite a few times.

    (The combination of the Pandora PX4A pocket effects unit and the Danelectric Honeytone N10 battery amp (discretely placed under the chair and covered) is just dynamite. Since it's just a mild sound reinforcement, there's no perception of it being an amplified or electronic sound. I'm tempted to rip the guts of the Honeytone out, install it into a cigar box, and put a nicer speaker in it....)

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    I might have mentioned this before, but before even doing the full six-course full fifths tuning, I experimented using an altered tuning on six string, EADDGC. The tuning doesn't require changing any strings. (Although one can't capo to get a mandolin-pitch instrument at the fifth fret, it does allow one to take a standard-tuned guitar and quickly get to full fifths without putting any strain on it, whether one's own guitar or a borrowed instrument.)

    I would recommend doing the EADDGC tuning, for anyone who is interested in a temporary experiment which doesn't require any investment in new strings. The voicings are different enough from guitar to sound more bouzouki-like, and if you alter your style of play from guitaristic to more mandolistic, it sounds like a completely different animal. "What did you do to my guitar to make it sound like that?" *laugh*

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