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A-Style Mandolins

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  1. Sale
    Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin
    Rogue RM-100A A-Style Mandolin
    $49.99 Was:  $59.99 On Sale Now!
  2. Top Rated
    Ibanez M510 A-Style Mandolin
    Ibanez M510 A-Style Mandolin
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  3. Best Seller
    Gold Tone OM-800+ Octave Mandolin
    Gold Tone OM-800+ Octave Mandolin
  4. Price Drop
    Kentucky KM-150 Standard A-Model All-Solid Mandolin
    $379.99 Was:  $550.00
  5. Top Rated
    The Loar LM-110 Hand-Carved A-Style Mandolin
  6. Top Rated
    Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package
    Rogue Learn-the-Mandolin Package
  7. Kentucky KM-900 Master A-Model Mandolin
  8. Rogue Mandolin And Ukulele Travel Pack
    Rogue Mandolin And Ukulele Travel Pack
  9. Sale
    Recording King Century33 Limited Edition RAC-9-TS Mandolin #3
    $169.99 Was:  $249.99 On Sale Now!
  10. Gold Tone BZ-500 Bouzouki
    Gold Tone BZ-500 Bouzouki
  11. Price Drop
    Kentucky Master KM-505 A-Model Mandolin
    Kentucky Master KM-505 A-Model Mandolin
    $498.71 Was:  $895.00
  12. Sale
    Mitchell AM100VS A-Style Mandolin
    Mitchell AM100VS A-Style Mandolin
    $139.99 Was:  $179.99 On Sale Now!
  13. Hal Leonard Mandolin Starter Pack
    Hal Leonard Mandolin Starter Pack
  14. Recording King RA-998 Metal Resonator Mandolin
  15. Top Rated
    The Loar LM-220 Hand-Carved A-Model Acoustic Mandolin
  16. Kentucky KM-252 Artist A-Model Mandolin
  17. Top Rated
    Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin
    Epiphone MM-30S Mandolin
  18. Kentucky KM-140 Standard A-Model Mandolin
    Kentucky KM-140 Standard A-Model Mandolin
  19. Kentucky KM-270 Artist A-Model Mandolin
  20. Luna Guitars Trinity A-Style Mandolin
    Luna Guitars Trinity A-Style Mandolin
  21. Gold Tone GM-50 A-Style Maple Mandolin
  22. Breedlove Crossover OO Mandolin
    Breedlove Crossover OO Mandolin
  23. Top Rated
    Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin
    Breedlove Crossover OF Mandolin
  24. The Loar LM-175 Grassroots Series A-Style Mandolin
  25. Price Drop
    Kentucky KM-272 Artist A-Model Mandolin
    Kentucky KM-272 Artist A-Model Mandolin
    $449.99 Was:  $650.00
  26. Kentucky KM-950 Master A-Model Mandolin
  27. New
    Washburn A-Style Mandolin
    Washburn A-Style Mandolin
    Starting at $199.00
The A-style mandolin has carved out a unique niche for itself in the world of popular music. While it plays an important role in a wide variety of country and bluegrass music, the mandolin has also found a home in indie, power pop and rock and roll music. Artists such as Butch Walker, Primal Scream, and Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band have all used the mandolin to bring a special kind of vibe to their songs. When shopping for your own mandolin, it’s important to have an idea of what you’re looking for to make sure you get the one that is perfect for you. First of all, you should take note of the mandolin’s style of sound holes. Generally, mandolins will either have “ff” sound holes or an oval sound hole. Oval sound holes deliver strong bass sounds and resonance, along with a warmer tone and lush character. On the other hand, “ff” holes project better, with a clearer and more cutting sound. Both types of sound holes are very popular, and in the end your choice will have more to do with personal preference rather than one being superior to the other.

Construction materials will also play an important role in your decision about which mandolin to purchase. Ask any mandolin enthusiast and they’ll all give you a different answer on which wood your mandolin should be made of. Generally, spruce wood is a pretty reliable option, though beginners may want to consider a laminated top as they can offer a better entry level point before you make the decision to upgrade.

Believe it or not, the finish on your mandolin can also have an effect on the sound quality of your instrument. A mandolin without a finish can pick up dirt and oils from playing, leaving your instrument with a less crisp, almost soggy sound. On the other hand, a thick finish can keep your instrument looking its best, but it can also take some of the quality out of the bass and thin out your treble range. Though it may not be something you initially think of, this is still definitely something to keep in mind while making your purchase.

From the pop-country style of Taylor Swift to the Irish Folk-Punk of the Pogues, the mandolin is a versatile instrument for musicians of all levels and interests. Adding one to your original songs will definitely add a level of character you, your band mates, and your audience are sure to love.
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