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The acoustic mandolin produces an iconic sound that makes it hard to miss in any song. Because of this, it has gained popularity across multiple music genres and can be a great addition to your practice. If you are familiar with stringed instruments or simply want a good starting point, the mandolin is a great option due to its easy-to-understand tuning and smaller construction. Mandolins have been around for centuries, getting their start across European culture from the highest royal court to the smallest town pub. These instruments were easy to create and master so their existence was very widespread. Today, bluegrass, folk and Celtic musicians use the mandolin heavily but some artists like Bruce Hornsby and John Hiatt have incorporated the mandolin into their arrangements with brilliant ease.
When you’re looking for a mandolin, you’ll want to consider the style type. A and F models are the most common options and differ in shape, size and sometimes quality but are relatively similar in sound. A-styles like the Mitchell MM150VS and Epiphone MM-30S have a teardrop shape and are noted for their carved and curved construction, superior warm tone and excellent projection. For these reasons, and their affordability, A-models are popular with beginner and intermediate mandolin musicians.
F models are shaped with a scroll and point body and a flat back and are often considered the next level up in the world of mandolins. These models are often created using solid wood instead of the more malleable plywood used for the curved construction of some A-models. Options like the Michael Kelly Legacy Elegant Amberburst and the Loar LM-600 offer quality handcrafted construction, fine hardware that limits any rattling and solid metal tuning keys that are effortlessly precise.
If you want to bring an original and unique tone to your sound, incorporating a mandolin is a great way to do that. The high ring of this instrument can pair with everything from guitars to violins, making them extremely diverse and appealing.
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Easy to play and easy to own! Sporting a gorgeous finish, the Rogue RM-100A is a well-built, traditional...
The Ibanez M510 A-Style Acoustic Mandolin features an A-style body type, mahogany neck, back, and sides,...
With this pack you get two fully playable instruments for a super low price. Spruced up appointments make the...
An ultra-affordable starter set!
A mando and a uke in one affordable package.
Same brilliant luthiery and design as the F-5L with fewer frills for less cash.
No frills, just a hand-carved, fully graduated spruce top and hand-carved maple back for optimal tone.
The KM-855 is a true Kentucky thoroughbred.
The FM-63S Acoustic Mandolin has traditional appeal with a solid spruce top, maple body and ebony fingerboard.
This 8-string F-style mandolin features a flamed maple body, solid spruce top, mahogany neck, rosewood bridge...
Cutaway acoustic/electric mandolin, with Spruce top and OP-24+ preamp.
This Florentine cutaway F-style model has a hand-carved premium solid spruce top and beautiful, solid AAA...
This all-solid mandolin has high-end features at an affordable price.
The Washburn M1K Mandolin starter package gets you ready to go on the instrument with everything you need to...
Solid spruce carved top, precision fretwork, and stunning cosmetics. That high and lonesome tone comes best...
An all-solid, hand-carved mando at an affordable price.