The mandolin has seen a serious resurgence of popularity in recent years, and for good reason. With a unique sound that can add character to any song, mandolins have found a home beyond country and bluegrass music, effortlessly expanding into indie, power pop, and rock and roll. Now, it's time for you to add the mandolin to your repertoire.
There are so many acts in today's musical landscape that are spicing things up with a mandolin. Artists such as Butch Walker and Stevie Van Zandt of the E Street Band, as well as bands like Primal Scream and Dropkick Murphys have all used the mandolin to expand their horizons. With an impressive list of names like that, it's no wonder you're looking to do the same.
So which Mandolin is right for you? Well, there are a number of different styles available to you here. One thing you should take note of when you start your search are the different types of sound holes each Mandolin has. Generally mandolins will have either "ff" sound holes or a single oval sound hole. The differences between these holes are subtle, but noticeable, with oval sound holes (like the one found on the Washburn M1SDL A-Style Mandolin) delivering strong bass sounds and resonance, as well as warmer tones and lush character. The "ff" sound holes (like the ones on the Michael Kelly MKLFSTB Legacy Festival Mandolin), on the other hand, project better and offer a far clearer and more cutting sound. There's no right or wrong type; both are, in fact, very popular. In the end your choice will almost certainly come down to personal preference.
Regardless of which mandolin you choose, you're certain to enjoy the wonderful music they make. From Taylor Swift, to the Pogues, and everywhere in between, the mandolin is more popular than ever and is certain to find a perfect place in your band