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    Default 8 string mandobird rock, thoughts...

    I've been staying more on the acoustic mando pages of this site, but since I have 2 electric mandos I figured I might as well hop over here for a change. Here's a video of a band I was in about 2 years ago, playing my mandobird. Now I know lots of people knock the bird... and believe me I can see where there are coming from... I had to do a lot of set up work to get the intonation and playability where I wanted it. Even after that I had the classic E-string-is-quieter-then-all-the-rest problem... but some compression and some tube saturation made that all but go away. My thinking with the electrics is that I have an acoustic mando for bluegrass... why not go full on electric with the bird? I set up my effects accordingly. However, I got the 8-string, not the 4-string, as I was hoping the extra strings would keep it from sounding EXACTLY like a guitar. With distortion, two strings do some interesting things - beats and the like. Once I got used to it, I kind of liked it. Anyways, here was my take on the electric mandolin... please keep in mind that this song/video was written/recorded/filmed in two days for a school project, and is far from perfect [=



    Not two long after this video I started playing lots more acoustic stuff... the mandobird went under my bed. Got it out a few months ago, and the action is at least a little more than "manly". Seeing as there is no truss rod, I gave up. Found an eastwood mandola at the local shop - truss rod, humbucker. Much more professional feeling instrument, also 8 strings. I'm in electric heaven... I guess that's my axe now! Thinking of turning the mandobird into a 5 string with a strat style single coils and maple neck... any thoughts?
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    Pretty good song and good playing esp. that wrinkle near the end....but to me it sounds mostly like an exotic electric guitar v. an amplified mando. Exceptional video quality - how did you record it?
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    I agree with you on the exotic guitar thing... the double strings make it sound fatter and warbly-er than a guitar, but not especially so. We had other songs that sounded more mandolin-like, but alas, no good recordings of them. Again, I play a lot of acoustic mando, so this was my chance to mess with pedals. It's tough to get a sound that's both mando and driving electric! I'm still trying [=
    The sound was recorded at the radio station I was working at, the video done by an exchange student from a singapore film school, using her Panasonic Lumix DSLR. Now she does animation for motion pictures - captain america, harry potter, etc. Ahhh the recourses I had access to in school... I'm back to the real world now!
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    Super job....I enjoyed the mando texture....really effective!
    No reason why you can`t mod the Mandobird to a 5 string although you`d have to widen the neck pocket slightly.
    If you`re not too good at woodwork, Tom over at Moongazer Music makes necks and his kits have a great reputation......also does 5 string bridges by Andrew Jerman and a wide variety of pickups.

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    If you going to bother with pickups and a neck, you're already up for a bridge, leave the mandobird alone and start from scratch or a kit.
    Cool tune, nice vid. Looking forward to seeing your Eastwood 'dola in action.
    Hereby & forthwith, any instrument with an odd number of strings shall be considered broken. With regard to mix levels, usually the best approach is treating the mandolin the same as a cowbell.

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